Tightarse Tuesday time again, and just for something different I’ve gone for another bottle of Coopers. This time it’s the Best Extra Stout*, as opposed to the Happy Super Pale Ale or the Superlative Triple Ultimate Porter. Silly names aside, it ticks two out of three boxes so far. On special at $5.49 for a big bottle it’s certainly cheap, and at 6.3% it should pack a bit of a punch. So, is it any good?
Name: Coopers Sparkling Ale
Style: Golden Ale/Blonde Ale
Brewed by: Coopers Brewery (Regency Park, South Australia)
Alcohol: 5.8% abv.
Price: $5.49/750ml bottle
From: Khandallah New World
Woohoo! Tight-arse Tuesday!
I’ve been drinking this stuff for nearly a quarter of a century now. I have been known to say in my more belligerent moments that this is the best beer Australia has produced. That plainly isn’t the case of course but compared to the rancid bilge many Australians erroneously call beer it’s astoundingly good. Coopers occupies a strange middle ground between independent and mainstream, between craft and mass production. Very consistent for something that is bottle-conditioned and has no additives or preservatives, comfortably in the budget range, thoughtfully sold in big bottles perfect for home brewing, it’s definitely one of my go-to beers. And yet in all that time I’ve never, ever, poured in into a glass, taken my time and really tasted it. I wonder why that is? Continue reading
Cooper’s Vintage Ale – Strong English Ale, 7.5% abv., (Regency Park, South Australia). $4/375ml bottle.
To celebrate Australia Day in a slightly more productive way than starting a fight down at the beach or wearing a puke-stained flag like a cape and bleating Oi Oi Oi at passersby, this will be the first of a six-pack of Australian beers I’m testing out over the next week or so. There’s lots of good reasons to start with Coopers – it’s a fiercely independent brewery with what I remember from my misspent youth as the best quality beer in the budget range. Plus most of my homebrew bottles and kits over the years have come from this company. We go back a long way. Continue reading