A few nice beer images I found:
Image by meowdip
I don’t even really drink much beer.
Down-Under Beer Log
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Some of the beers I tried while spending a month in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, and the sample size which leads me to believe the latter’s brews are far superior.
I had all the crappy mass-produced lagers in Australia too of course; Hahn’s, VB, Toohey’s, etc. (Though, no Foster’s since no one serves it there.) Not worth including. And, they were a lot more scarce in New Zealand, which says something to me.
My theory is that warm weather leads to a preference for lighter, easier-drinking beer. New Zealand being a bit colder, they’re inclined to experiment with a wider variety of styles. And they clearly have a more vibrant beer culture; maybe the smaller geography leads to accelerated sharing & collaboration.
One thing I loved about both countries was the ale house phenomenon; where in North America you typically have a single brewpub from a brewer if you’re lucky, down under the breweries run a chain of pubs where you can go drink their great beer and have some very good food with it. They felt a bit commercial, but not in a bad way.
(Keep in mind this is a month’s worth of work here, before you go and call AA…)
Image by BUR?BLUE
Went to Bristol Farms in OC where they have dozens of imported beers you don’t find everywhere… picked up about a dozen of my favorite varieties, many of which I haven’t tried yet. I love darker, malty brews like bocks, Scotch ales, brown ales, Maerzens, and Porters. I’m gonna have some fun with these…