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Here's To Beers with Bob AnthonyBob Anthony, columnist and home brewer

I'm a beer columnist and home brewer. Here I cover everything to do with one of the most popular and discussed beverages in the world.

Cheers! Bob


Wed, 2014-10-29 00:13 -- bob

AMERICAN beer Coors claims to be the “the world’s most refreshing beer”. It also has a really cool label which, when you get the stubbie cold enough, parts of it turn blue. To see this happen, the stubbie has to be chilled and then the depiction of the Rocky Mountains goes blue along with a little tag on the label saying it is cold enough to drink. This is a very neat party trick.

As for the beer - did I tell you the label turns blue when the beer stubbie gets really cold? Did I also tell you Coors claims to be the “world’s most refreshing beer”?

James Squire Hop Thief 6 American-style Pale Ale

Tue, 2014-07-29 06:17 -- bob
James Squire Hop Thief 6 American-style Pale Ale

THE Malt Shovel Brewery has unveiled the next edition in the James Squire Hop Thief varietal series, with the launch of Hop Thief 6 American-style Pale Ale.

The Hop Thief series showcases new or fresh seasonal aromatic hops available at the time of each numbered release to brew an American-style pale ale.

Hop Thief 6 American-style Pale Ale has a copper colour with a clean, clear appearance and a good white head. It has a distinctive floral nose with fruity notes - something to savour.

Murray's Moon Boy Golden Ale

Sat, 2014-07-19 09:04 -- bob
Murray's Moon Boy Golden Ale

PORT Stephens craft brewer Murray's has launched it first Golden Ale in a bottle, Moon Boy, and it's bound to take off with discerning beer drinkers in this sector of the universe.

Despite having an odd name, Moon Boy is definitely no space cadet when it comes to a refreshing, easy drinking ale, which I think is suitable all year round.

As the name suggests, it has a good clear dark golden appearance with a tight white head that lingers in the glass.

The aroma serves up a citrus nose at first with a hint of hops coming through.

Pistonhead Kustom Lager

Sat, 2014-06-28 14:10 -- bob
Pistonhead Kustom Lager

A BLACK can, a smiling skull head and an unusual name - Pistonhead - what more could a beer lover want?

This new arrival from Sweden is bound to find plenty of friends and not just in the motor head world. It is a surprisingly good lager, easy to drink with good flavours and body and a more-ish nature.

Pistonhead has a medium gold appearance with a light white head and a roast malt nose.

Red Tail Amber Ale

Tue, 2014-05-27 18:32 -- bob

NESTLED away at Tamborine Village on the western side of Tamborine Mountain behind the Gold Coast lies one of the best-kept beer secrets in southeast Queensland – the Beard and Brau Farmhouse Brewery.

Run by Chris Herring and Tanya Harlow, this boutique brewery is responsible for some exceptional beers and among them is their Red Tail Amber Ale.

Cave Creek Chili Beer

Mon, 2014-05-12 18:43 -- bob
Cave Creek Chili Beer

USUALLY I don’t mind 'chilling out’ with a beer but it’s a completely different matter when the beer is chilli.

And by that I don’t mean cold, I mean tasting like a chilli – the plant mind you, not the spicy hot dish.

In a craft beer world where brewers are pushing the envelope, or in this case the beer, to the limits, it would seem that using chillies is a bold new direction.

More by chance than desire, I came across an imported chilli beer and curiosity got the better of me.

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tue, 2014-04-29 17:25 -- bob
Stone & Wood Garden Ale

You know that you are on the right path when you are faced with a situation where demand for your beer is outstripping supply - and that’s the case with Byron-based brewers Stone & Wood.

The boys behind Pacific Ale, S&W Lager and Jasper Ale have expanded their operations with a new brewery in Murwillumbah, which is just as well because they also have a new addition to the range in Garden Ale. It is a delicious aromatic ale which fills a void in the mid-strength beer market by delivering a drop with flavour and character.

Hassle Hop from the Burleigh Brewing Company

Thu, 2014-03-13 11:12 -- bob
Hassle Hop from the Burleigh Brewing Company

FROM the Burleigh Brewing Company’s A Bit on the Side department comes another unusually named but wonderfully delicious drop, Hassle Hop.

No, this beer is not a tribute to the Baywatch star, but is a well-balanced blend of five different hops that combine to produce a pale ale offering a number of different qualities.

It is more in the style of American pale ales, with a wonderfully fragrant nose, plenty of flavour and body but with enough bitterness in the after taste to make this a very satisfying drop.

Viking Pilsner

Mon, 2014-02-10 08:18 -- bob
Viking Pilsner

IF you are looking for the perfect drop to go with pillaging and plundering, look no further than Viking pilsner from Iceland.

For a country that didn't allow beer until 1989, they have certain come up with an interest brew in a short period of time.

Their biggest marketing ploy is that they claim to make the beer from the purest water in the world and I suppose that would be hard to argue.

And while water is a key component of any beer, it's all about the taste (isn't it?)

Viking has a rich golden appearance with a thin white head but good gas.

William's Pilsener

Wed, 2014-01-29 21:35 -- bob
William’s Pilsener

THERE are a growing number of winemakers in Australia who are turning their hand to also brewing beers and among them are the people from De Bortoli who have come up with their William Bull range.

Promoted as "hand crafted", the three beers in the range, pilsener, pale ale and premium lager, are all quality.

However it was the pilsener that caught my attention because of its interesting characteristics.

When it comes to pilseners, I tend to think of them as clean, crisp ales with a good degree of bitterness.

William's pilsener has all that and more.


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