Long-time beer drinker and The Sip editor 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
Land of Plenty
Three of the smartest minds in Australian brewing got their thinking caps on for this brew. The collaborative beer was put together by Feral Brewing, CUB and 2 Brothers for the Australian International Beer Awards in May but it is now available to the general public. It is a kellerbier which is a bit like a lager. But this is unfiltered giving it a different look but a brilliant taste. It uses all Aussie ingredients that give it a strong malt backbone. Well worth a four-pack.
Alcohol: 6 per cent. 1.6 standard drinks.
Watching sport on TV
Mornington Peninsula Porter
The team from the Victorian brewery expect this beer to help in winter but don’t drink it too cold. It is far better after being allowed to sit at room temperature for a spell. And that should suit those witnessing their team go on a scoring spree. It pours with a strong brown head and there is a touch of almonds in the aroma. The brew is light in mouthfeel and presents a nice smoky bacon flavour. There is also some vanilla on the palate.
Alcohol: 6 per cent. 1.6 standard drinks
For the dinner party
Sometimes the label doesn’t indicate what is in the brew. No problems with this can from the team in Brooklyn, New York. It lives up to its name with a strong resin aroma that hits as soon as you pop the top. Yes, it is in aluminium but there is nothing wrong with that. You'll pour it in a glass anyway. Resin is sweet on the tongue and has a pleasant feel before giving a wonderfully hopped flavour or a pine bombed to beer snobs. At 103 IBU it is strong on bitterness but not tangy. A great drop to serve with something spicy.
Alcohol: 9.1 per cent. 2.5 standard drinks.
Out to impress
Just mention this is from the Trappist monks in Belgian and you’ll have raised eyebrows in your drinking circle. But this brew might be made in the US under licence. You need to serve this in a suitable glass or better still, a goblet. The Triple has a beautiful aroma with a sense of grapes, apple, cinnamon and yeast. You can also taste the fruit in the middle of the drink. There is very little acidity in the beer but a brilliant bitterness on the back end. It isn’t cheap but you pay for quality.
Alcohol: 8 per cent. 2.1 standard drinks.