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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

Desperados - Tequila Flavoured Beer

Mon, 2013-06-17 07:39 -- bob
Desperados - Tequila Flavoured Beer

WHAT do you get when you mix tequila with Mexican-style beer - a recipe for disaster?

It could be, depending on the mix of both ingredients, or you can come up with a very easy-to-drink and refreshing drop that can creep up on you, and that's exactly what Desperados tequila-flavoured beer is.

While the name may be Mexican, this is in fact a French product. It is clear, clean and rich gold in appearance with a white head that disappears pretty quickly - pretty standard for Mex beers.

Coopers Celebration Ale

Tue, 2013-04-23 06:48 -- bob
Coopers Celebration Ale

HAVING been partial to Coopers beers for quite some time, it's always pleasant to find something new which they have added to their range.

The Thomas Coopers Celebration Ale has been brewed to mark the 150th anniversary of founder Thomas Cooper's first foray into making beer.

He and his descendants have done a pretty good job since, and the Celebration Ale is a very worthy drop to mark the big occasion.

It has a rich bronze appearance with a tight white head and an enticing malt aroma with a hint of hops.

Carlton Dry

Thu, 2013-04-18 06:39 -- bob
Carlton Dry

BEING someone who lives near the beach, I was impressed by Carlton Dry's promos associated with the world surfing tour - especially their slogan ' Enjoy The frothies'.

So I thought why not?

I know Carlton Dry has been out in the market for a while now and you may think, ''hell Bob, that's not very adventurous'' but it doesn't hurt to venture back to the mainstream and find out what's going on.

After all, you can't always get a craft beer at big events or small, remote watering holes can you?

Byron Bay Pale Lager

Fri, 2013-04-12 21:10 -- bob
Byron Bay Pale Lager

THERE are a few things about these days that signify 'trendy' for example Byron Bay and 'pale' when it comes to beers.

So imagine what happens when you combine both?

The possibilities are endless so it is understandable when the Byron Bay Brewing Company released its Byron Bay Pale Lager, there was a certain degree of hype surrounding it.

After all, Byron has become the new Noosa - shaking off its surfing escape destination tag for a much more sophisticated persona.

Blue Sky Pilsner

Mon, 2013-04-08 21:57 -- bob
Blue Sky Pilsner

FROM the far north of Queensland comes a refreshing thirst quencher in Blue Sky Pilsner.

For many people, the jury is out on beers from that part of the world with previous drops, especially those brewed by CUB missing the mark.

However the Blue Sky Brewery, located in Cairns has been developing a reputation for producing quality beers and their pilsner is up there with the best.

Being a craft brewery, they haven't lost quality in pursuit of quantity, and the pilsner is in the style of fine Czech drops.

NZ Pure Lager

Thu, 2013-04-04 08:56 -- bob

I HAVE found it to be a case of "hit and miss" when it comes to Kiwi beers but that's not to single out New Zealand for that.

Lord knows that on the home front, there are plenty of misses.

A brew I have tried from across the Tasman is NZ Pure Lager.

It has the characteristics of a lager, not quite as heavy, but it's main marketing point is the no preservatives, no additives tag.

Minimum Chips Golden Lager

Sun, 2013-01-20 22:04 -- bob
Minimum Chips Golden Lager

THERE'S nothing better than sitting back in summer and relaxing over a nice cold ale.

The trouble is that there is an ever-increasing range of "summer" beers coming on to the market to confuse discerning beer buyers.

Brewer Matilda Bay has joined the fray with its latest offering, Minimum Chips Golden Lager.

Now I'm not a fan of brews being labelled as "summer beers" - what difference does it make?

If a beer is good enough, it should be enjoyed year-round, shouldn't it?

Nail Brewing Clout Stout

Tue, 2012-12-11 06:24 -- bob
Nail Brewing Clout Stout

DON'T know what they do over in Western Australia but whatever it is, they seem to come up with fantastic beers.

Being partial to dark and black beers, the boys from Nail Brewing have almost got me packing my bags and relocating after sampling their multi-award-winning Clout Stout.

This strictly limited release - only 600 go on the market at any one time - sent me into raptures and should you ever be fortunate enough to get your hands on a bottle, you'll find out why (especially if you like a real drink).

Murray's Heart of Darkness

Thu, 2012-11-08 07:55 -- bob
Murray's Heart of Darkness

Being partial to dark beers, how could I possibly go past Murray’'s Heart of Darkness stout from Murray's Craft Brewing at Port Stephens.

This deliciously black brew is not for the faint hearted or those who like the girly-man’ beers.

Inspired by Belgian stouts, this drop is the colour of midnight with a coffee head and not a real lot of evervesence.

However it does have tempting chocolate/malt nose which isn’t as confronting as some stouts.

It is a smooth rich creamy drop that fills the mouth with flavour.

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