It wasn’t that long ago when Cascade Premium and James Boag hit the market and gave the Big 2 breweries in Australia a massive wake up call to not take the consumer for granted. Over time Cascade and James Boag have effectively been gobbled up by multinational businesses and are now seen as ‘mainstream’ as VB and Crown Lager.
Then it was Coopers and Mountain Goat who picked up the slack to a degree and drove the ‘craft beer’ wave. Fast forward to 2013 and the craft beer juggernaut has pretty much taken over all fridge space in independent wine and beer stores: Beer drinkers have never had it better!!!
Right now here in downtown Seddon, craft beer pretty much rules the fridge space, and for good reason – they taste awesome. So without rambling on anymore, here are just a frothies that are floating our boat right now.
· Hopworks IPA, Portland Oregon – bringing sexy back for the tinnie! A great IPA with classic hoppy and citrus notes abound.
· Yebisu Lager, Tokyo Japan – another foreign raider and another tinnie. An all malt lager with toffee and caramel coming through at the end.
· Cool Hops Lager, Melbourne Victoria – a newbie in the fridge, the Cool Hops is a classic lager with a cracking green hop whack.
· Kooinda American Pale Ale, Heidelberg Victoria – currently my fave right now, the Kooinda APA has a great mix of green hoppy goodness and Pale Ale botanicals. Just so smashable!!