Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis casts his eye over the kegs from here and abroad.
Fancy a drink on a date?
Burleigh Brewing have decided to combine the two in an unusual pairing for the Queensland beer maker.
Now Burleigh haven’t been afraid to test the boundaries of tipple manufacturing and have produced a brew inspired by a sticky date liqueur that will soon be available around the country.
Dream Date is the result of the use of hundreds of fresh dates so a regular drink might also keep you regular in health areas.
The brew also includes three selected medium and dark malts and a serving or aromatic hops.
And according to the Burleigh team the result is a deliciously dark ale with notes of caramel, toffee and sundried fruit.
Dream Date will be officially launched later this month.
US brewer Sierra Nevada has come to epitomise the American west coast style of beers.
Their Pale Ale has been immensely popular in Australia and helped spawn interest in the hop first varieties produced in California.
But now Sierra Nevada have gone to the dark side. They have opened a new operation in North Carolina on the other side of the continent.
And the first drop off the Mills River production line is a Spice Stout called Rain Check.
The specialty beer is specifically brewed to appease the palates of the State and surrounding areas.
Rain Check is the first specialty beer produced at the new facility and marks the first of many original brews Sierra Nevada will create with the tastes of the North Carolina community in mind.
“It’s exciting to have some fun with the new brewery and to make a beer for our neighbors,” says Brian Grossman, co-manager of the Mills River brewery and son of Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman.
“Getting this place up and online has been a long and challenging project, but now we can focus our energy on making great beer and delivering it to our East Coast drinkers fresher, faster, and with less of an impact on the environment.”
Sierra Nevada have also been “flavour matching” its Torpedo Extra IPA and Pale Ale ensuring the products of the new brewery match those from the California plant.