Review #19 – Coopers Sparkling Ale

Urk…is that what I’ve been drinking for twenty years?

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

Review #7 – Stone & Wood – Pacific Ale

Pacific Ale (Golden Ale/Blonde Ale, 4.4%). Stone & Wood, Byron Bay, Australia. $8.65 per 500ml bottle.

This one is surprisingly good.

It’s probably a bit late to be returning to the Australian beers, seeing as it’s now Waitangi day and I really should be getting on with the NZ brews waiting for me in the fridge. This one is worth doing though. It has just topped this list of the best Australian craft beers of 2011 which probably says more about the drinking options in Australian than anything else, but as it hails from Byron Bay, my old home turf, this one feels kind of special. Continue reading