Beer Day Out

EP visits an Aussie international beer festival, rates various brews. Despite various disappointments, sounds like overall an enjoyable experience; I’d certainly have enjoyed it, from the sounds of things.

I wish I could try more Aussie craft beers; not many are available here; Cooper’s Sparkling Ale, occasionally, is about it, AFAIK.

The only decent African beer I’ve ever had is S.A.’s Castle Lager; I too am not a fan of Tusker, nor was I knocked out by Namibia’s Windhoek lager.

Uncouth Reflections

Eddie Pensier writes:


If you were imagining an ideal way to spend a warm spring Saturday, it might involve dozens of beers and tasty ethnic nibbles. Such was the case at Beer Day Out, a festival of craft beers sponsored by topnotch local booze merchant Plonk, from whence a high proportion of Pensier family beverages are purchased.

The venue was the Former Transport Depot, the location of Canberra’s beloved Old Bus Depot Markets. About forty different breweries and ten food merchants were represented, and when we arrived shortly after the noon opening time the depot was already nicely populated with beer fans, some of them involved in a cutthroat game of competitive Jenga. Here were some of the highlights.

Cavalier Beer Imperial Stout: A hoppy stout with a super-pleasing aroma of ground coffee. It was rich without being heavy, and lingered lusciously on the palate long after swallowing.

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