Prickly Moses Chardonnay IPA

Rivalries. The world’s full of them. Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Cats vs. Dogs, Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi, Catholics vs. Protestants, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, Good vs. Evil. And, most importantly: Beer. Versus. Wine. You pick a side. You denigrate the ‘others’. You note how ‘they’ can’t grasp the range of flavours available to you. You…

99*

99 Not Out. Not just an unfortunate end to a cricket innings but rather the punch line to one of the more interestingly marketed beers in recent times. Additionally, it’s also the result of a New Zealand brewery rather oddly celebrating the ‘not-quite-achievement’ of an Australian cricketer. It was November 2001, I was 13 (a…

7 Feet High

There’s a term that wine-drinkers love to throw around. It’s a term that exists as the tipping between point wine-drinker and wine-snob. Terroir. For the uninitiated, ‘terroir’ refers to the specificity of place. That is, wines are made authentic, and in a way better, when they encapsulate the soil, climate, weather, and topography of a…

Prescription Please!

There’s a fun social experiment you can run. All you need is a friend (preferably one who tends to drink exclusively lagers). Simply offer a simple “My shout mate!” and venture back with a sour beer of your choice. Said friend, upon drinking said beer, will probably tell you that your beer has most definitely…

The ‘Cleanskin’

Robert Frost famously wrote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by’. Today, those words resonated like never before. I believe, as a beer-drinker, that you need to challenge yourself, your taste buds, your will to imbibe different liquids. I don’t mean with hop-fuelled palate-killers either. Nor…

Kooinda Inkblot Salted Oatmeat Stout

Kooinda Brewery aren’t your everyday ‘run-of-the-mill’ brewers. I mean, they began life as Australia’s first ever residential licensed brewery, with the family in-ground pool used a heat exchanger to cool their first pale ales as they transferred to the fermenter. Take a second to read through that again. I know right?! Belgium can keep its…

Rogue Mango Astronaut Ale

There’s been many an occasion walking into a bottle shop that a brew from Rogue Brewing Company has caught my eye. After all, if any brewery specializes in outlandish coloured bottles that brashly refuse to sit quietly on the shelf like a good little beer it’s the boys from Oregon. *Your honour, this is an…

Summer Lovin’

“One of these beers is not like the other; one of these beers just doesn’t belong. Can you tell me which beer is not like the other, by the time I finish my song?” Currently there exists a truly outlandish amount of beer creations begin thrown up by brewmeisters around the world, which can sometimes cause a general…

Canadian Cherrywood

It used to be a simpler time for brewers. All you really needed to throw together to be respectable was a draught, a bitter and – if you felt particularly adventurous – a mid-strength. These days it’s just a tad different; and I blame the Americans. Back in 1981, the American-style Pale Ale was developed…

Lychees

When you set out on a mission from God to drink beers and lay down righteous judgement on their candy asses, sometimes you’re faced with a terrible conundrum: Do I really want to submit my taste receptacles to this beer? Some short background information: I tend to stick to outrageously hop-driven beers. In fact, like…