It doesn’t seem all that long ago that ordering a beer at the bar was a fairly simple procedure. In Melbourne you’d ask for a VB, in Sydney a Toohey’s New and a XXXX in Brisbane. Today you can walk into hundreds of bars and restaurants and choose anything from a Chevalier Saison to a Watermelon Warhead without raising an eyebrow.
A new breed of brews is changing the beer landscape as brewers craft a range of beers based on both traditional and New World styles to satisfy an increasing thirst for something other than the pale Euro lager which has dominated sales for over a century. Styles like India Pale Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Witbier and Czech Pilsner are finding space on retail shelves alongside old favourites.
The third edition of The Critics’ Choice – Australia’s Best Beers sees the following beers make the Top 12. The perfect dozen.
12 Mountain Goat – Steam Ale
11 Two Birds – Golden Ale
10 Hargreave’s Hill – ESB
09 Mountain Goat – India Pale Ale
08 Kooinda – Full Nelson Black IPA
07 Little Creatures Pale Ale
06 Bridge Road Brewers – Chevalier Saison
05 Two Birds – Sunset Ale
04 Feral Brewing Co – Watermelon Warhead
03 Holgate Brewhouse – Chocolate Temptress
02 Stone & Wood – Pacific Ale
01 Feral Brewing Co – Hop Hog
The Critics’ Choice: Australia’s Best Beers is available May 2013 from