Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis puts some of Australia's top drops to the test.
One of the great elements to craft brewing in recent times is the experimentation.
The wonderful smorgasbord of beers at Melbourne’s annual Great Australian Beer Spectapular, yes that is with a p, encourages our best tipple tantalisers to try different elements in their beers.
While some might be a bit whacky the use of a particular local and popular produce by Matso’s is a perfect choice for an establishment based in Broome.
Their Mango beer gives you a taste of the tropics no matter where you are.
As soon as you open the bottle, or are lucky enough to dip the nose into a glass, the aroma of the famous stone fruit tickles the senses.
Matso’s Mango Beer pours virtually see-through with light golden bubbles, almost transporting the lucky drinker to the northern WA coast.
There isn’t a great amount of malt or hops in the taste but a nice touch of sugar.
Make no mistake, this brew lives up to its name. But it could also be deemed to be deviation from Belgian with its blonde-type beers.
A blind taster could also think this was a cider and it could be a way for the fairer gender to dip a toe into the craft beer water.
And as you take a sip you can sit back and think you’re watching the water on Cable Beach.
The Sip Snip
Brewer: Matso’s Broome Brewery, WA
Style: Fruit Beer
Alcohol content: 4.5%
Standard drinks: 1.3
Bitterness: N/A but very light.
Estimated calories: 135
The Sip Tip (rating): Up for a try
Average prices: $72/carton (24). $22/six-pack. $5/bottle