Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis gives some ideas on what to consume over the weekend.
The weekend is around the corner and it is time to consider what to drink for enjoyment at various events over the coming days.
So The Sip has looked at four circumstances for enjoying a brew and suggested beers that might suit the occasion.
The list will change each week.
Stick with The Sip for news on the brews we choose and remember to consumer your beers responsibly.
Night on the town
While Rabbit White Ale
A couple of thousand people at the Great Australasian Beer Spectacular in Melbourne will be enjoying this drop. The good news is the rest of the country can now, too, as the Victorian brew gets a wider distribution. This is a great beer for the cooler times. It offers up a wheat flavour but has plenty of stone fruit and spices. A lot of reminders to Belgian Ales and very manageable on the alcohol level.
Alcohol: 4.5%. 1.2 standard drinks.
Watching sport on TV
Mash Freo Doctor Pale Lager and West Coast Wheat
Fremantle might have an AFL bye this weekend but in Perth you risk physical harm if you try to talk about the Eagles without the Dockers. Swan Valley brewer Mash offers a deal that can also solve any cross-town rivalry from getting out of hand. A few Freo Doctors and West Coast Wheats in the fridge should at least cover most of the football party. The West Coast drop has a touch of banana and vanilla while Freo Doctor has a nice citrus edge.
Alcohol: Freo Doctor and West Coast Wheat 4.5%. 1.2 standard drinks.
For the dinner party
Brewdog Punk IPA
The crew behind this Scottish Brewer are quickly becoming the poster boys (and gals) for the craft beer movement across the world. Their enterprise has spread so quickly on the back of Brewdog’s reputation for experimentation, solid marketing and great range. One of the reasons to pull this beer out at the social gathering is to compare notes with others who may have had the good fortune to try one of their products. Warning: It will appease hopheads so be careful.
Alcohol: 5.6. 1.5 standard drinks.
Out to impress
Bridge Road Chevalier Saison
The team at Bridge Road have become renowned for their great use of hops. The Victorian brewer's diverse Ale range is a delight. Now they’ve shown their skill in using yeast with a superb Saison. Keeping to a classic Belgian style, head brewer Ned Kraus rates this as one of his favourite results from his big stable. It has the sour edge of an old French farmhouse beer but also features a great citrus and grassy character. It comes in a 750ml bottle and is great to share during that late night dabble with blue cheese and crackers.
Alcohol: 6%. 4 standard drinks.