Posts Tagged ‘Brewers’

So much to learn

A couple of things I have discovered in the last few days:

1. Some (in fact many) craft brews are actually produced under licence in bigger breweries. Should this site concentrate on those that are brewed ‘in house’ or isn’t it important? I have yet to answer that question.

2. I think there are more Victorian breweries than listed on the state government list I mentioned back on 13th July. I will see if I can find the definitive list and make it available here. Perhaps breweries are appearing so often, no-one can keep up!



Hargreaves Hill Pale Ale

I have now learnt a few things about tasting beer.

One of the most fundamental is that it should be done from a glass as this allows the aroma and look of the beer to be properly assessed. For many years, I have insisted that I’d rather drink beer from a stubbie. This is a habit I picked up in my younger years drinking VB while leaning against¬† mixing desks at various live music venues around town. Probably the perfect way to drink VB but not appropriate when trying to detect the subtleties of well brewed beers. There is a time and a place for stubbies and cans.

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Getting the most from a beer

OK, I have now read many words about different types of beer and the brewing process but I still need help with tasting and describing different beers. Luckily there are some good resources available to assist.

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Baby steps

As a first step, I believe its worth researching the difference between the various types of beer available so conversations with friends, publicans and brewers aren’t sidetracked by misunderstandings and problems with terminology.¬† But how to get started?

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Whats this all about then?

For many years I have enjoyed beer! On some occasions, too much of it. In more recent years I started  to find that the mass produced varieties have unpleasant affects on my body. Many people advised me that this was due to the preservatives and other additives present.

This started my interest in the beers brewed by smaller boutique brewers also known as craft brewers or microbreweries. These are often free of preservatives and claim to be more ‘pure’. It was not long before I too was convinced that the products of the microbreweries was not only kinder to my body but also tasted better.

Despite years of beer drinking and a phase of wine appreciation, I am still a novice when it comes to the subtle differences in taste of the various beers available.

Therefore, I have decided to learn more about appreciating good beer, the brewing process and the microbreweries of Victoria, Australia. I’m keeping it local so I can maximise the breweries I visit and because I already know that some of the finest beers in Australia are brewed nearby.

On these pages I will document what I learn and will also review the beers I taste and the breweries I visit along the way.

Why not check back occasionally and see if my experiences can help you appreciate local beers in a new way. Any comments are welcome.