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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

Cascade Stout

Mon, 2011-01-03 03:14 -- bob
Cascade Stout

THE last thing I would have expected to be talking about in summer is stout but I have been pleasantly surprised by the Cascade drop.

Normally, a drink more suited to cooler temperatures, Cascade Stout offers both the
rich, full bodied flavour of stout but without quite the same ‘heaviness’ you might have experienced from more well-known brands like Guinness.

It has that beautiful black appearance with a coffee-coloured head and am appealing roasted barely aroma with just a hint of malt.

Cascade Stout is full of flavour with being confronting.

Hefeweizen wheat beer

Mon, 2011-01-03 03:13 -- bob
Hefeweizen wheat beer

THE good folks at the Burleigh Brewing Company continue to add to an already
impressive trophy cabinet, picking two awards at the Royal Brisbane Show beer judging.

Brewer Brenna Fielding and his wife Peta were delighted to pick up ……. and ……. for what Brenna calls his “quite achiever” – Hefeweizen wheat beer.

Hef (as it is more commonly know), like so many wheat beers, might be confronting to mainstream ale drinkers, offering up a distinctive aroma and flavour found in many traditional style Bavarian beers.

Endeavour Reserve Pale Ale

Mon, 2011-01-03 03:08 -- bob
Endeavour Reserve Pale Ale

PALE ales have always been favourites of mine because of what they offer the senses.

A good quality pale ale is almost as appealing through its aroma as well as the taste, and the Endeavour Reserve Pale Ale from Sydney is such a drop.

It is slightly cloudy with a straw-coloured appearance and a good, tight, white head.

After appreciating the appearance, take time to enjoy the strong fl oral bouquet, which leaves you in know doubt as to the nature of this ale.

Black Diamond

Thu, 2010-12-02 03:24 -- bob
Black Diamond

MANY years ago, I backpacked around China with a couple of mates and part of our
`cultural awakening’ was discovering that there were some pretty good beers over there.

One of the best areas for beer is Tsingtao and thanks to some enterprise on the part of
former racing car driver Allan Grice and his daughter Sally, they have come up with a
gem of a beer called Black Diamond.

The beer is naturally brewed in China in a Mexican style and is starting to circulate on
the Gold Coast.

Kingfisher Lager

Sat, 2010-10-30 09:41 -- bob
Kingfisher Lager

INDIA doesn’t spring to mind as a country where beers reigns supreme.

In fact my first encounter with beer and India was at a little bus stop in the middle of no where.

While waiting for the bus and in a desperate effort to rehydrate, the only option outside of water (which was a non no) and soft drink was hot beer.

That stayed with me for many decades so it was with some reluctance I decided to "brave Kingfisher Lager" - one of the country’s top drops (apparently).

Bluetongue Premium Lager

Mon, 2010-09-13 08:18 -- bob
Bluetongue Premium Lager

IT'S been a case of steady as she goes for the folks at the Bluetongue Brewery on the Central Coast.

The Bluetongue range has been slowly building a reputation for some quality beverages, largely through word of mouth but that look set to change following the new $120 brewery coming into production.

That means Bluetongues Premium Lager will become more widely available and for beer drinkers, that’s a good thing.

The Lager has a clean clear light golden colour with an excellent tight white head.

Carlton Natural

Wed, 2010-08-25 19:30 -- bob
Carlton Natural

THERE'S a continuing trend for our major brewers to follow down the "all natural" path, cutting out preservatives and additives.

This is commonplace in Europe and in Germany; the German Beer Purity Law decrees all beers be made naturally.

Carlton Natural is the latest brew to deliver a noadditive, low-carb beer and is aimed at a section of the market looking for something different.

It is a dry lager beer that is light in colour and aroma, clean and crisp across the palate and doesn't sit heavily in the gut.

Black Giraffe from the Burleigh Brewing Company

Fri, 2010-08-20 15:25 -- bob
Black Giraffe from the Burleigh Brewing Company

PLENTY of people had funny looks on their faces when they heard about Burleigh Brewing Company's latest offering, Black Giraffe black coffee lager.
After all the thought of beer and coffee going together isn't one that usually has you licking your lips in anticipation.

However fellow beer lovers, the taste diversity in the market these days means that almost anything is possible so why be surprised at this combination.

Long Shot Coffee Infused Dark Ale

Thu, 2010-07-29 19:28 -- bob
Long Shot Coffee Infused Dark Ale

LIQUEUR isn’t a word you normally associate with beer.

The best time to enjoy a liqueur is after a meal and the only time I have enjoy a beer after a meal is as a 'cleanser' something to set me up for more drinking later.

However the clever people at Matilda Bay Brewery have though outside the box and delivered a beer which can be totally enjoyed at the end of the meal on Long Shot Coffee Infused Beer.

To it simply, this is a coffee/chocolate dark beer that’s rich and luscious and every tempting.

It is as dark in colour as espresso with a coffee stained head.

Kronenbourg 1664

Wed, 2010-07-28 18:25 -- bob
Kronenbourg 1664

YOU don’t hear much about beers from France because you usually associate that country with wines.

However since 1664, Kronenbourg has been delivering a fine lighter style of beer which isn’t light in alcohol content nor appeal.

It has a clean golden appearance with a good tight white head.

There’s a distinct hop smell to the aroma but that is mixed with some subtle citrus scents as well.

Kronenbourg isn’t a robust beer in flavour but it is smooth, a little creamy across the plate and leaves the mouth crisp and clean.

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