150 Great Australian Beers: Your guide to craft beer and beyond
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Do you know your porters from your pales and your stouts from your saisons? Are you a home-brewing legend or a draught devotee? Or do you think dubbels and tripels are just spelling mistakes? Regardless of how much you know about beer or what you like to drink, 150 Great Australian Beers is sure to have something to please your palate.
Join beer expert James Smith in his quest to discover 150 of Australia’s greatest beers, whether they are incredibly ‘sessionable’, perfect examples of their style, off-the-wall with flavour or quirky and experimental.
Complete with the fascinating history of beer in Australia, a breakdown of the brewing process, style spotlights and guides on how to store, serve, enjoy and match beer, 150 Great Australian Beers is perfect for anyone who has ever enjoyed a pint.
from almost 300 breweries across Australia at the turn of the twentieth century to a bare handful by the 1980s; the choice of beer in your local pub became similarly limited, too: usually ‘heavy’ or ‘light’ from your state’s main brewery. This homogenisation of Australia’s beer culture became possible for a number of reasons. Light lagers were well suited to the country’s hot climate, thus those who had the ability to make them – and make them well and consistently – were at an advantage. Too
Australian breweries. Determined to tear up the rules of the game, they launched into a series of wild, outlandish beers with equally colourful (and frequently obtuse) names and labels. Two years later, it meant that the decision of the brothers behind Kaiju! (formerly named Monster Mash, but renamed following a challenge by the manufacturers of Monster energy drink) to enter the market with a 9.1 per cent double IPA raised fewer eyebrows than it might once have done. Callum and Nat Reeves
‘lip-smacking’ and ‘mouth-puckering’ when creating sours, the Hedgerow does it with elegance. This highly effervescent amber ale with a pinkish hue has some spritzy malt sweetness up front before a soft, lactic sourness comes in. The fruity, plummy character from the pinot noir that once inhabited the barrels is prominent too, making for a wonderful beer. THE STORY Van Dieman founder Will Tatchell learned his brewing trade creating real ales in the UK before returning to his family farm in
about putting his own stamp on the beers. ROCKS BREWING 160 BOURKE ROAD, ALEXANDRIA, NSW As the name suggests, the team behind Rocks Brewing had Sydney’s famed tourist precinct in mind for their brewery. But, despite opening Harts Pub there as the brewing company’s original home, The Rocks proved less suitable for a brewery. A five-year search brought them to a warehouse unit in Alexandria where, early in 2014, they installed a high-tech brewery alongside an impressive bar, cafe and
based on traditional European ales and lagers, although it is garnering quite a reputation in its home state for a Honey Porter brewed with distinctive leatherwood honey. BULLANT BREWERY 46 MAIN STREET, BRUTHEN, VIC For many years, it was possible to do a loop from Melbourne back to Melbourne that would take in the High Country without you ever needing to be too far from a brewery cellar door. Well, almost. Once you moved on from the tiny Sweetwater Brewery in Mount Beauty there was a hefty