Beers in Australia

Discussion in 'General Beer Discussion' started by Stephenj, Apr 1, 2019.

Help Support The Homebrew Forum UK by donating:

  1. Apr 1, 2019 #1

    Stephenj

    Stephenj

    Stephenj

    Regular.

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2017
    Messages:
    397
    Likes Received:
    95
    Location:
    Gateshead
    I'm lucky to be heading off to visit friends in Perth for a few weeks this weekend. Been looking around on their Aldi, Coles, Woolworths sites at the pale ales and the likes but wondering if anyone had any experience of nice Aussie beers to try out when over there? There's a couple of bottle shops in the area I'm staying which have a few more specialised beers apparently.
     
  2. Apr 1, 2019 #2

    MickDundee

    MickDundee

    MickDundee

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2016
    Messages:
    2,557
    Likes Received:
    1,074
    Fosters
     
  3. Apr 1, 2019 #3

    An Ankoù

    An Ankoù

    An Ankoù

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2019
    Messages:
    789
    Likes Received:
    295
    Location:
    Brittany, France
    Ok Crocodile. Look at this muther:
    Foster's lager, as we know it in Britain's pubs and supermarkets, is an Australian brand; it is not an Australian beer. "Australian for lager" it may claim to be, but 1.2bn pints of the amber nectar a year are brewed in Manchester, not Melbourne. ... There is no Foster's in Australia.
     
    GerritT likes this.
  4. Apr 1, 2019 #4

    An Ankoù

    An Ankoù

    An Ankoù

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2019
    Messages:
    789
    Likes Received:
    295
    Location:
    Brittany, France
    Little Creatures in Freemantle. Just down the track from Perth.
     
  5. Apr 1, 2019 #5

    MickDundee

    MickDundee

    MickDundee

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2016
    Messages:
    2,557
    Likes Received:
    1,074
    Yes I know that, I was taking the Mickey!

    When I was doing my accountancy training, we had an Australian secondee and he had never heard of Fosters.
     
    GerritT likes this.
  6. Apr 1, 2019 #6

    Stephenj

    Stephenj

    Stephenj

    Regular.

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2017
    Messages:
    397
    Likes Received:
    95
    Location:
    Gateshead
    When I went travelling around oz 15 years back there was a boozer in Sydney with Fosters (and Newcastle Brown ale) on tap, also a place in St Kildas selling it in Melbourne, but think it was for the travellers to make them feel at home. Other than fosters and little creatures, any other ideas?
     
  7. Apr 1, 2019 #7

    dad_of_jon

    dad_of_jon

    dad_of_jon

    Beer designer

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2015
    Messages:
    3,366
    Likes Received:
    1,401
    Location:
    Swansea
    coopers?
     
  8. Apr 1, 2019 #8

    robster62

    robster62

    robster62

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2018
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Bedford
    Xxxx or is that another aussie myth?
     
  9. Apr 1, 2019 #9

    jjsh

    jjsh

    jjsh

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Messages:
    1,421
    Likes Received:
    531
    Location:
    East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
    +1 for Coopers
     
  10. Apr 2, 2019 #10

    foxy

    foxy

    foxy

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2013
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    169
    Coopers as a standard Aussie drink, starting from Perth down to Albany there are a few craft breweries you could try. Just be aware when they say its just down the road means a return trip can be done in a day.
     
    Stephenj likes this.
  11. Apr 2, 2019 #11

    An Ankoù

    An Ankoù

    An Ankoù

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2019
    Messages:
    789
    Likes Received:
    295
    Location:
    Brittany, France
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2019
    Stephenj likes this.
  12. Apr 2, 2019 #12

    mathorp

    mathorp

    mathorp

    Active Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2018
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    South Lakes
    I agree Little Creatures is worth a visit - great deck by the fishing harbour. Also in Freo, go to the Sail & Anchor by the market. It no longer brews on site, but has a good range of beer.

    In central Perth try the Brass Monkey in Northbridge and the Generous Squire in the CBD.

    Just outside Perth in the Swan Valley are several brew pubs - Feral is superb. Also Mash and Ironbark in the same area. You need an Uber for these. Alternatively look for a brewery tour.

    There are plenty of craft brewers in the area - and also around Margaret River which is better known for wine and surfing.
     
    Stephenj likes this.
  13. Apr 2, 2019 #13

    Stephenj

    Stephenj

    Stephenj

    Regular.

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2017
    Messages:
    397
    Likes Received:
    95
    Location:
    Gateshead
    Cheers for those recommendations
     
  14. Apr 3, 2019 #14

    Norfolk79

    Norfolk79

    Norfolk79

    Landlord. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2016
    Messages:
    659
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    Norwich
    Agreed, was a great afternoon when we went a few years’ back.
     
  15. Apr 3, 2019 #15

    phildo79

    phildo79

    phildo79

    Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2014
    Messages:
    499
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    N. Ireland
    I lived in Melbourne back in 04/05. Carlton was the big brewery there. They had several beers but their flagship one was Carlton Crown. Not bad at all. Toohey Extra Dry is another one. From memory is was pretty much just lager that you ever really seen in pubs. Might be totally different now. Perhaps Magic Rock have / are about to take over?
     
  16. Apr 3, 2019 #16

    -Bezza-

    -Bezza-

    -Bezza-

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2018
    Messages:
    1,148
    Likes Received:
    491
    Location:
    Surrey
    VB mate.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2019 #17

    phildo79

    phildo79

    phildo79

    Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2014
    Messages:
    499
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    N. Ireland
    Yeah but it tastes like sh1t.
     
  18. Apr 3, 2019 #18

    -Bezza-

    -Bezza-

    -Bezza-

    Landlord.

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2018
    Messages:
    1,148
    Likes Received:
    491
    Location:
    Surrey
    I don't actually mind VB but when you go into an offy in Australia and see all the other things on offer, it's not something you would actually pick up. Lots of great wine out there too.
     
  19. Apr 3, 2019 #19

    mathorp

    mathorp

    mathorp

    Active Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2018
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    South Lakes
    VB, Tooheys, etc. are great value compared to the craft ales, but you get what you pay for.
    Look for Coopers Vintage ale. It is a limited edition release each year at 7.5%.
     
  20. Apr 3, 2019 #20

    phildo79

    phildo79

    phildo79

    Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2014
    Messages:
    499
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    N. Ireland
    When I was out there, Cooper's was seen as a fancy beer because it was a bit more expensive. Granted, it was a little nicer than the bog standard VB, Melbourne Bitter or Carlton Cold but it was nothing to write home about. I actually tried a Cooper's Sparkling a few years ago, out of nostalgia, and thought it was crap. Just a really average beer, at best.
     

Share This Page