Reasons to drink craft beer #4

Many of the fantastic breweries dotted around the Victorian landscape are significant enterprises in their local community. They generally employ local people directly and create employment indirectly through increased tourism, local production of ingredients, demand for accommodation and meals.

All this activity can be very important to country towns or out-of-the-way suburbs. It can help reverse the general decline faced by many towns, giving young people opportunities and therefore keep families close and communities alive.

Another reason to drink craft beer? Because it’s practically a civic duty!

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Reasons to drink craft beer #3

A while ago, a friend claimed that he got completely different and more severe hangovers after drinking mass-produced beers (even in small quantities) compared with craft beers. This seemed like a potential urban myth to me. Given my scientific background, it was clear that I needed to devise an experiment to determine the existence and size of this effect. Putting my fear aside I bravely decided to be the human guinea pig in a series of precise beer drinking experiments. The results were astounding.

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Reasons to drink craft beer #2

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting some fellow beer lovers at an evening of Prickly Moses beer tasting at Young and Jackson’s in the city. A couple of the folk who brew the beer (and market it, and deliver it, and bottle it) were there to host the evening and took time to talk about the beer and the challenges in making it. It reminded me of one of the reasons I drink craft beer.

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Reasons to drink craft beer #1

Despite what people will tell you about their favourite mass-produced beer, it probably tastes very similar to the next person’s favourite mass-produced beer.

Only when you start to taste some of the craft brews available do you start to realise the variety and complexity possible in beer.

A reason to drink craft beer? Because it tastes good!

Random beer thought

To quote the highly educated (he must be intelligent because he’s found 1346 words for drunk) Pete Brown , beer is “a universal signifier of unpretentious sociability”. I think its important we keep a focus on “unpretentious”.

More great beer locations

Thanks to everyone who has sent suggestions for great bars for sampling Victorian beers. I’d love to descibe each in detail (and I might one day). In the meantime, try these places and send me your comments.

The Royston, Richmond

The Courthouse, North Melbourne

Bar Etiquette, Brunswick

Penny Blue, City

Cookie, City

The Fox, Collingwood

The Terminus, Richmond

Keep ’em coming

Cheers

So much beer, so little time

I had plans to start writing about the best places to sample Victoria’s brilliant microbrewed beers. Well, I’m pleased to say that places to drink local beer are springing up a lot faster than I can get to them or write about them. For example, I was out for dinner last week at the brilliant ‘Taxi’ at Federation Square and was pleased to note that I could enjoy a Holgate Plisener as a starter and have a sensible conversation with the staff about beer options. Only a few years ago, the finest dining establishments may have stocked a few international brews and some Crown Lager but that was about it.

Anyway, don’t wait for my opinions, just go to the places listed below and then let me know what you think…

Mrs Parma’s – Lt Bourke St

The Local Taphouse – St Kilda

Beer DeLuxe – Federation Square

Young and Jackson’s – Swanston and Flinders Sts City

The Terminus – Clifton Hill

Grumpy’s Green, Smith Street

The breweries listed on your right.

Any other suggestions welcome too.

Cheers