Top Beers by style


Just another way to break down the 251 different beers I’ve had. The best two beers of each style of beer I’ve tried more than 10 of. Styles are also in order from best to worst.

 

Imperial Pale Ale

Mountain Goat/Mikkeller Gypsy Black Pepperberry IPA (8)

Feral Brewery Hop Hog (12)

Kolsch/Altbier

Colonial Brewery Kolsch (3)

Eagle Bay Kolsch (18)

Pale Ale

Coopers 2012 Extra Strong Vintage Ale (1)

Pepperjack Handcrafted Ale (2)

Witbier (Wheat)

Matso’s Monsoonal Blonde (11)

Weihenstaphen Kristall Weissbier (22)

Golden Ale

Mountain Goat Goldilocks Summer Ale (10)

Kooinda Brewery Valhalla Golden Ale (21)

Golden Lager

Weihenstaphen Vitus (6)

Enterprise Brewery Knappstein Reserve Lager (24)

Pilsener

Cheeky Monkey Hatseller Pilsener (48)

Weihenstaphen Pilsener (53)

Pale Lager

Eschweger Klosterbrau Lager (9)

Altenmunster Brauer Bier (15)

Flavoured

Bush Shack Brewery Twisted Lemon Lager (68)

Matso’s Brewery Lychee Beer (98)

Premium

Arvo 34 (26)

Furstenburg Premium Lager (72)

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Western Australia’s Best Beers


Over the last two years I’ve tried exactly 250 different beers (most of them multiple times)! Out of those, 74 have been from WA alone. I have been to 31 of 41 craft breweries – 13 of them more than twice – and have tried beers from 34 of them. Here are my favourite WA brews thus far (and where they rate over all).

1. Colonial Brewery: Kolsch (3rd)

2. Nail Brewing: Nail Ale (4th)

3. Matso’s Brewery: Pearlers Pale Ale (5th)

4. Matso’s Brewery: Monsoonal Blonde (11th)

5. Feral Brewery: Hop Hog (12th) Critics choice 2012 winner.

6. Feral Brewery: Rye IPA (16th)

7. Eagle Bay Brewery: Kolsch (18th)

8. Blacksalt Brewery: Festbier (20th)

9. Feral Brewery: Golden Ace (25th)

10. Eagle Bay Brewery: Pale Ale (31st)

11. Colonial Brewery: Keutebier (32nd)

12. Little Creatures: Bright Ale (34th) Highest foreign owned Australian beer

13. Eagle Bay Brewery: American Brown Ale (41st)

14. Cowaramup Brewery: Lightsign Summer Ale (45th)

15. Gage Roads: Atomic Pale Ale (46th)

16. Cheeky Monkey: Hatseller Pilsener (47th)

17. Matso’s Brewery: Hit the Toad Lager (49th)

18. Matso’s Brewery: Smoked Porter (53rd)

19. Duckstein Brewery: Altbier (55th)

20. Mash Brewery: Freo Doctor (56th)

Other WA beers in the top 100 include:

Colonial Brewery Pale Ale (57th), Mash Brewery ‘Rye the Hell Not’ Ale (58th), Mash Brewery Golden Ale (59th), Colonial Brewery Witbier (61st), Bootleg Brewery Witbier (64th), Bush Shack Brewery Twisted Lemon Lager (67th), Gage Roads Wahoo (69th), Indian Ocean Brewery IPA (74th), Blacksalt Brewery Weiss (78th), Feral Brewery 983 Lager (83rd), Matso’s Brewery Pindan Ale (84th), Feral Brewery Rust (88th), Bootleg Brewery Pale Ale (91st), Mash Brewery West Coast Wheat (94th), Cheeky Monkey Hagenbeck Belgian IPA (95th), Matso’s Brewery Lychee Beer (100th)

And the rest…

Matso’s Brewery Chilli Beer (103rd), Elmars Ein Stein Pilsner (104th), Last Drop Brewery Oktoberfest (111th), Duckstein Brewery Pils (112th), Feral Brewery Smoked Porter (114th), Blacksalt Brewery Original Pilsener (115th), Feral Brewery Saison (117th), Duckstein Brewery Dunkel (120th), Mash Brewery Pale Ale (123rd), Little Creatures Pale Ale (129th), Ironbark Brewery (135th), OCRB Wheat Beer (136th), Bush Shack Brewery Spelt Wheat Beer (141st), Cheeky Monkey Travelling Monk Ale (142nd), Cowaramup Brewery Special Pale Ale (145th), Bootleg Brewery Tom’s Amber Ale (151st), Indian Ocean Brewery Pale Ale (157th), Blacksalt Brewery Vienna (162nd), Ironbark Brewery Aussie Pils (170th), Feral Brewery White Beer (174th), Cape Bouvard Bouvard Ale (180th), Mash Brewery Snakebite (181st), Indian Ocean Brewery White (183rd), Gage Roads Sleeping Giant IPA (185th), Cape Bouvard Pale Ale (186th), OCRB Pilsener (189th), Feral Brewery Runt (191st), Bootleg Brewery Raging Bull (197th), Matso’s Brewery Mango Beer (201st), Sail & Anchor Dry Dock (206th), Swan Draught (213th), Bush Shack Brewery Chocolate Beer (224th), The Old Brewery Pale Ale (228th), Emu Export (233rd), Sail & Anchor Draught (234th), Ironbark Brewery ‘Herb’ Beer (243rd), Swan Gold (244th), Emu Export Gold (245th)

Every place I’ve stayed at


A list of everywhere I’ve stayed at least three days for – from best to worst… because I’m bored and nostalgic about holidaying.

1. Russbach (Austria) — Snowboarding, Cheap beer… nuff said

2. Munich (Germany) — The home of beer, oldest brewery in the world

3. Queenstown (New Zealand) — Adventure capital of the world, snowboarding, thousands of students

4. Cape Leveque (Western Australia) — Serene, amazing beaches, fishing, away from civilisation

5. Axamer (Austria) — Olympic snowboard run, pub halfway down the slope

6. Tioman Island (Malaysia) — Like a private island, huge lizards! Even more huge tides.

7. Wedge Island (Western Australia) — Mecca

8. Vienna (Austria) — Amazing street parties, amazing people

9. Byron Bay (Queensland) — Pretty much a developed version of Wedge Island

10. Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) — 5 star resort, huge mountain, pristine beaches

11. Cebu (Phillipines) — 5 star resort, private island, kayakakakakaking

12. Franz Josef (New Zealand) — Glacier walking, biggest company is internet in a bus

13. Walpole (Western Australia) — Quiet relaxed town in the bush

14. Denmark (Western Australia) — Amazing bakery, cool looking river

15. Pemberton (Western Australia) — Mud houses!

16. Exmouth (New South Wales) — Amazing fishing, warm waters

17. Betong (Thailand) — Quiet, away from polluted major cities

18. Lake Tekapo (New Zealand) — Most pristine lake ever

19. Margaret River (Western Australia) — Best breweries in Australia

20. Coffs Harbour ( New South Wales) — Every beach is a nude beach

Zipf (Austria) — The whole town works at the only industry there – a brewery.

Gundagai (NSW) — Amazing tiny town in rural NSW

Christchurch (NZ) — Probably cooler now that everything is broken

Collie (WA) — Sleepy mining town with fun decommissioned trains

Salzburg (Austria) — A whole town devoted to salt… and pastry called “fuckers”

Bunbury (WA) — Best pub crawl in ever

Singapore (Malaysia) — Eerily clean and well organised

Lancelin (WA) — Best pies, gateway to Wedge

Perth (WA) — Relaxed, isolated and close to the bush

Branau (Austria)

Sydney (NSW) — Great food, and that whole harbour thingy

Surfers Paradise (QLD) — Good old pub atmosphere

Dunsborough (WA) — Gateway to the Southwest breweries, nice beaches

Pattaya (Thailand) — polluted, nice food though

Shark Bay (WA) — Nice beach… that’s about all

Augusta (WA)

Jurien Bay (WA)

Woollongong (NSW)

Albany (WA) — Decent (cold) beach, good beer

Newcastle (NSW)

Phuket (Thailand) — Too crowded, decent nightlife

Dubbo (NSW)

Hong Kong

Brisbane (QLD)

Harvey (WA)

Cervantes (WA)

Bangkok (Thailand)

Dachau (Austria) — It’s pretty much just a concentration camp

Marrinup (WA)

Gracetown (WA)

Bali (Indonesia) — Polluted, overcrowded, run down… cheap produce just breaks or makes you sick

Melbourne (VIC) — Shopping, cold beaches, shit weather, coffee, nightclubs… great recipe for boredom.

Gaungzhou (China) — Dead animals everywhere, disgusting smell and decrepit buildings

Geraldton (WA) — Bird shit burgers. Nuff said.

Shenzhen (China) — Worst place to live ever.

200 and Beyond.


223 Beers in and this is what the list looks like. A few more 90+ additions, and the worst beer of all time have been consumed in the last 30 positions. Aiming to hit 300 by 21/12/12 (the supposed Armageddon date). That means roughly 3 new beers every week from here.

100 – Perfect

1. Pepperjack Handcrafted Ale (SA): 97

2. Colonial Brewery Kolsch (WA): 96

3. Nail Ale (WA): 96

4. Matsos Brewery Pearlers Pale Ale (WA): 96

5. Weihenstaphen Vitus (GER): 95

6. Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (NSW): 94

7. Mountain Goat/Mikkeller Gypsy Black Pepperberry IPA: 94 (VIC/DEN)

7. Eschweger Klosterbrau Lager (GER): 93

8. Mountain Goat Goldilocks Summer Ale (VIC): 93

9. Matsos Monsoonal Blonde (WA): 93

10. Feral Brewery Golden Ace (WA): 93

11. Weihenstaphen Festbier (GER): 92

12. Trumer Pils (AUT): 92

13. Altenmunster Brauer Bier (GER): 92

14. Feral Brewery Rye IPA (WA): 92

15. Kosciusko Pale Ale (NSW): 91

16. Eagle Bay Kolsch (WA): 90

17. Renaissance/8 Wired/Nogne O Imperial Amber Ale: 90 (NZ/NOR)

18. Blacksalt Brewery Festbier (WA): 90

19. Kooinda Brewery Valhalla Golden Ale (VIC): 90

20.

90 – Excellent

Weihenstaphen Kristal Weissbier: 89

Two Birds Golden Ale: 89

Enterprise Brewery Knappstein Reserve Lager: 88

Feral Brewery Hop Hog: 87

Matilda Bay Fat Yak: 86

Duckstein Brewery Hefeweiss: 86

Weihenstaphen Dunkel: 85

La Trappe Dubbel: 85

Eagle Bay Pale Ale: 85

Murrays Whale Ale: 85

Little Creatures Bright Ale: 85

Mad Brewers Hoppy Hefe: 85

Mountain Goat Hightail Ale: 85

Coopers 150th Anniversary Ale: 85

La Trappe Blond: 85

Kwak: 85

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Weihenstaphen Weissbier: 84

Weihenstaphen Oktoberfest: 83

Sunner Kolsch: 83

Coopers Sparkling Ale: 82

Green Flash Brewery West Coast IPA: 82

Matsos Brewery Hit The Toad Lager: 82

Weihenstaphen Original Bayerisch Mild: 82

Big Sky Brewing Summer Honey Seasonal Ale: 81

Weihenstaphen Pilsener: 81

Matsos Brewery Smoked Porter: 81

La Trappe Trippel: 80

Duckstein Brewery Alt Bier: 80

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Mash Brewery Freo Doctor: 79

Colonial Pale Ale: 79

Mash Brewery ‘Rye The Hell Not’ Ale: 79

Mash Brewery Golden Ale: 78

Grand Ridge Brewery Natural Blonde: 78

Colonial Brewery Witbier: 78

Hargreaves Hill Hefeweizen: 78

4 Pines Brewing Kolsch: 78

Bootleg Brewery Witbier: 78

McLaren Vale Pale Ale: 77

Bluetongue Brewery Pilsener: 77

Matilda Bay Redback Original Wheat: 77

Gage Roads Wahoo: 77

Coopers 62 Pilsener: 77

Furstenburg Premium Lager: 77

Mildura Bay Stefano’s Pilsener: 77

Mac’s Hop Rocker Pilsener: 77

Indian Ocean Brewery IPA: 77

James Squire ‘The Chancer’ Golden Ale: 77

Carlsberg Premium: 76

Hooegarden White: 76

Blacksalt Brewery Weiss: 75

Becks (Imported): 75

Coopers Mild Ale: 75

Coopers Pale Ale: 75

75 – Great

Leffe Blonde: 74

Feral Brewery 983 Lager: 74

Matsos Brewery Pindan Ale: 74

Wychwood Brewery Hobgoblin Ruby Beer: 74

Merrimans Old Fart Ale: 74

Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hops: 74

Bootleg Brewery Pale Ale: 74

Hofbrau Weissbier: 73

Mash Brewery West Coast Wheat: 73

Lowenbrau Original: 73

Whistable Bay Organic Ale: 73

Matilda Bay Big Helga: 73

Matsos Brewery Lychee Beer: 73

Mildura Bay Storm Cloudy Ale: 73

Big Sky Brewing IPA: 73

Matsos Brewery Chilli Beer: 73

Elmars Ein Stein Pilsner: 73

Matilda Bay Bohemian Pilsner: 73

Carlsberg Elephant: 73

Sierra Nevada Summerfest: 73

James Squire ‘Nine Tales’ Amber Ale: 73

Green Flash Brewery Rayon Vert Pale Ale: 73

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen: 73

Last Drop Brewery Oktoberfest: 73

Duckstein Brewery Pils: 72

Bear Republic Red Rocket Amber Ale: 72

Blacksalt Brewery Original Pilsener: 72

St. Bernards Prior 8 Trappist Ale: 72

Feral Brewery Saison Ale: 72

Hofbrau Oktoberfest: 72

Matilda Bay Beez Neez: 72

Duckstein Brewery Dunkel: 72

Moo Brew Saison: 72

James Squire ‘One Fifty Lashes’ Pale Ale: 72

Mash Brewery Pale Ale: 71

Maisel’s Aus Bayreith Kristall Weissbier: 71

Little Brewings Wicked Elf Pale Ale: 71

Dos Equis Ambar: 70

Zipfer Amber Ale: 70

Mountain Goats Organic Steam Ale: 70

Little Creatures Pale Ale: 70

Haandbryggeriet Fyr & Flamme: 70

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Oettinger Pils: 69

Holgate Brewhouse Hopinator DIPA: 69

Williams Organic Pale Ale: 69

Ironbark Brewery Munich Lager: 69

Old Coast Road Wheat Beer: 69

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen: 69

Steigl Radler: 69

James Squire ‘The Australian’ Lager: 69

Green King Abbot Ale: 69

Bush Shack Brewery Pharoahs Spelt Beer: 69

Jever Pilsener: 68

Hofbrau Dunkel: 68

Cowaramup Brewery Special Pale Ale: 68

Saison Dupont Trappist Ale: 68

Monteiths Golden Lager: 68

Matilda Bay Alpha Pale Ale: 68

Tui East IPA: 68

Dos Equis Lager Especiale: 68

Broo Lager: 67

Chang Beer: 67

Hofbrau Marzen: 66

Black Sheep Brewery Monty Pythons Holy Grail: 66

Stella Artois: 66

Indian Ocean Brewery Pale Ale: 66

Bluetongue Brewery Bruers Bright: 66

Coopers Clear: 66

Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest White Ale: 66

Monteiths Radler: 65

Blacksalt Brewery Vienna: 65

Karlovacko Pivo: 65

Monteiths Single Source Lager: 64

Ironbark Brewery Aussie Pils: 63

Bitburger Premium: 62

Timothy Taylors Landlord Strong Pale Ale: 62

Lucky Beer: 62

Feral Brewery White Beer: 61

Redback Original: 61

Hahn Harvest: 60

James Boags Premium: 60

Hahn Super Dry: 60

Monteiths Summer Ale: 60

Cape Bouvard Bouvard Ale: 60

Mash Brewery Snakebite: 60

Heineken (Imported): 60

Indian Ocean Brewery White: 60

Sierra Nevada Celebration: 60

Gage Roads Sleeping Giant IPA: 60

Cape Bouvard Pale Ale: 60

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Zipfer Radler: 59

Corona Cerveza (Imported): 59

Old Coast Road Pilsener: 58

Windhoek Lager: 58

Feral Brewery Runt: 58

St. Bernards Abt 12 Abbey Ale: 57

Guinness Draught: 53

James Boags Pure: 53

Grand Ridge Brewery Strong Scotch Ale: 52

Flying Dogs Pale Ale: 52

 

50 – Good

Bootleg Brewery Raging Bull: 48

Tooheys New White Stag: 47

Kronenburg 1664: 46

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Pure Blond: 44

Matsos Mango Beer: 44

Budejovicky Budvar: 44

Asahi Super Dry: 44

Becks (Local): 44

Kirin Ichiban: 42

Sail & Anchor Dry Dock: 42

Mildura Brewery Honey Wheat Beer: 41

Alhambra Reserva: 40

Whistler Export Lager: 40

Speights Island Ale: 40

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Pilsner Urquell: 39

Peroni Nastro Azzurro: 39

Swan Draught: 39

Bintang Pilsener: 38

Carlton Dry: 38

Corona Cerveza (Local): 38

Carlton Draught: 35

Bavaria Blonde: 35

Cantina Cerveza: 35

35 – Drinkable

Carlton Cold: 33

Tooheys Extra Dry: 30

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Viven Porter: 29

Hahn Super Dry 3.5: 27

Bush Shack Brewery Chocolate Beer: 27

Sol Cerveza: 25

 

25 – Bad

Tooheys New: 24

Duff Beer: 24

The Old Brewery Pale Ale: 22

Tooheys Extra Dry Platinum: 21

Hahn White: 21

XXXX Summer Lager: 20

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El Loco Cerveza: 19

Emu Export: 18

Sail & Anchor Draught: 17

Carlton Fusion Lime: 17

Grand Cru Rodenbach: 16

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout: 15

Hammer ‘n’ Tongs Draught: 15

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Budweiser: 12

Heineken (Local): 10

Carlton Fusion Lemon: 10

10 – Terrible

Negra Modelo Cerveza: 9

Ironbark Brewery ‘Herb’ Beer: 9

Swan Gold: 8

Emu Export Gold: 7

Outback Brewery Chilli Beer: 5

VB Draught: 5

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Outback Brewery Chocolate Beer: 3

Ol’ Bluey Ginger Beer: 3

01 – Undrinkable

Bavik Brewery Wittekerke Rose: 0

 

So Close, Oh So Close…


This is the 195 long list of beer so far, in goodness order… only 5 to go in the next 11 days!

Ratings

100 – Perfect

1. Pepperjack Handcrafted Ale (SA): 97

2. Colonial Brewery Kolsch (WA): 96

3. Nail Ale (WA): 96

4. Matsos Brewery Pearlers Pale Ale (WA): 95

5. Eschweger Klosterbrau Lager (GER): 95

6. Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (NSW): 94

7. Weihenstaphen Vitus (GER): 93

8. Mountain Goat Goldilocks Summer Ale (VIC): 93

9. Matsos Monsoonal Blonde (WA): 93

10. Feral Brewery Golden Ace (WA): 93

11. Weihenstaphen Festbier (GER): 92

12. Trumer Pils (AUT): 92

13. Altenmunster Brauer Bier (GER): 92

14. Feral Brewery Rye IPA (WA): 92

15. Kosciusko Pale Ale (NSW): 91

16. Blacksalt Brewery Festbier: 90

17. Eagle Bay Kolsch: 90

18.

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90 – Excellent

Weihenstaphen Kristal Weissbier: 89

Two Birds Golden Ale: 89

Enterprise Brewery Knappstein Reserve Lager: 88

Feral Brewery Hop Hog: 87

Matilda Bay Fat Yak: 86

Duckstein Brewery Hefeweiss: 86

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Weihenstaphen Dunkel: 85

La Trappe Dubbel: 85

Eagle Bay Pale Ale: 85

Murrays Whale Ale: 85

Mountain Goat Hightail Ale: 85

La Trappe Blond: 85

Kwak: 85

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Weihenstaphen Weissbier: 84

Weihenstaphen Oktoberfest: 83

Sunner Kolsch: 83

Coopers Sparkling Ale: 82

Weihenstaphen Original Bayerisch Mild: 82

Big Sky Brewing Summer Honey Seasonal Ale: 81

Weihenstaphen Pilsener: 81

Matsos Brewery Smoked Porter: 81

La Trappe Trippel: 80

Duckstein Brewery Alt Bier: 80

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Mash Brewery Freo Doctor: 79

Colonial Pale Ale: 79

Mash Brewery ‘Rye The Hell Not’ Ale: 79

Mash Brewery Golden Ale: 78

Grand Ridge Brewery Natural Blonde: 78

Colonial Brewery Witbier: 78

Hargreaves Hill Hefeweizen: 78

4 Pines Brewing Kolsch: 78

Bootleg Brewery Witbier: 78

McLaren Vale Pale Ale: 77

Bluetongue Brewery Pilsener: 77

Matilda Bay Redback Original Wheat: 77

Gage Roads Wahoo: 77

Furstenburg Premium Lager: 77

Mildura Bay Stefano’s Pilsener: 77

Mac’s Hop Rocker Pilsener: 77

Indian Ocean Brewery IPA: 77

James Squire ‘The Chancer’ Golden Ale: 77

Carlsberg Premium: 76

Hooegarden White: 76

Blacksalt Brewery Weiss: 75

Becks (Imported): 75

Coopers 62 Pilsner: 75

Coopers Pale Ale: 75

 

 

75 – Great

Leffe Blonde: 74

Feral Brewery 983 Lager: 74

Wychwood Brewery Hobgoblin Ruby Beer: 74

Merrimans Old Fart Ale: 74

Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hops: 74

Bootleg Brewery Pale Ale: 74

Hofbrau Weissbier: 73

Mash Brewery West Coast Wheat: 73

Lowenbrau Original: 73

Little Creatures Bright Ale: 73

Whistable Bay Organic Ale: 73

Matilda Bay Big Helga: 73

Mildura Bay Storm Cloudy Ale: 73

Big Sky Brewing IPA: 73

Elmars Ein Stein Pilsner: 73

Matilda Bay Bohemian Pilsner: 73

Carlsberg Elephant: 73

Sierra Nevada Summerfest: 73

James Squire ‘Nine Tales’ Amber Ale: 73

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen: 73

Last Drop Brewery Oktoberfest: 73

Duckstein Brewery Pils: 72

Blacksalt Brewery Original Pilsener: 72

St. Bernards Prior 8 Trappist Ale: 72

Feral Brewery Saison Ale: 72

Hofbrau Oktoberfest: 72

Matilda Bay Beez Neez: 72

Duckstein Brewery Dunkel: 72

Moo Brew Saison: 72

James Squire ‘One Fifty Lashes’ Pale Ale: 72

Mash Brewery Pale Ale: 71

Maisel’s Aus Bayreith Kristall Weissbier: 71

Little Brewings Wicked Elf Pale Ale: 71

Dos Equis Ambar: 70

Zipfer Amber Ale: 70

Mountain Goats Organic Steam Ale: 70

Oettinger Pils: 69

Williams Organic Pale Ale: 69

Ironbark Brewery Munich Lager: 69

Old Coast Road Wheat Beer: 69

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen: 69

Steigl Radler: 69

James Squire ‘The Australian’ Lager: 69

Jever Pilsener: 68

Hofbrau Dunkel: 68

Cowaramup Brewery Special Pale Ale: 68

Saison Dupont Trappist Ale: 68

Monteiths Golden Lager: 68

Matilda Bay Alpha Pale Ale: 68

Tui East IPA: 68

Dos Equis Lager Especiale: 68

Broo Lager: 67

Chang Beer: 67

Hofbrau Marzen: 66

Stella Artois: 66

Indian Ocean Brewery Pale Ale: 66

Bluetongue Brewery Bruers Bright: 66

Coopers Clear: 66

Blacksalt Brewery Vienna: 65

Karlovacko Pivo: 65

Monteiths Single Source Lager: 64

Ironbark Brewery Aussie Pils: 63

Bitburger Premium: 62

Timothy Taylors Landlord Strong Pale Ale: 62

Lucky Beer: 62

Feral Brewery White Beer: 61

Redback Original: 61

Little Creatures Pale Ale: 60

James Boags Premium: 60

Hahn Super Dry: 60

Cape Bouvard Bouvard Ale: 60

Mash Brewery Snakebite: 60

Heineken (Imported): 60

Indian Ocean Brewery White: 60

Sierra Nevada Celebration: 60

Gage Roads Sleeping Giant IPA: 60

Cape Bouvard Pale Ale: 60

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Zipfer Radler: 59

Corona Cerveza (Imported): 59

Old Coast Road Pilsener: 58

Feral Brewery Runt: 58

St. Bernards Abt 12 Abbey Ale: 57

Guinness Draught: 53

James Boags Pure: 53

Grand Ridge Brewery Strong Scotch Ale: 52

Flying Dogs Pale Ale: 52

 

 

50 – Good

Bootleg Brewery Raging Bull: 48

Tooheys New White Stag: 47

Kronenburg 1664: 46

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Pure Blond: 44

Matsos Mango Beer: 44

Budejovicky Budvar: 44

Asahi Super Dry: 44

Becks (Local): 44

Kirin Ichiban: 42

Sail & Anchor Dry Dock: 42

Mildura Brewery Honey Wheat Beer: 41

Alhambra Reserva: 40

Whistler Export Lager: 40

Speights Island Ale: 40

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Pilsner Urquell: 39

Peroni Nastro Azzurro: 39

Swan Draught: 39

Bintang Pilsener: 38

Carlton Dry: 38

Corona Cerveza (Local): 38

Carlton Draught: 35

Bavaria Blonde: 35

Cantina Cerveza: 35

 

35 – Drinkable

Carlton Cold: 33

Tooheys Extra Dry: 30

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Viven Porter: 29

Bush Shack Brewery Chocolatier: 27

Sol Cerveza: 25

 

 

25 – Bad

Tooheys New: 24

Duff Beer: 24

The Old Brewery Pale Ale: 22

Tooheys Extra Dry Platinum: 21

XXXX Summer Lager: 20

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El Loco Cerveza: 19

Emu Export: 18

Sail & Anchor Draught: 17

Carlton Fusion Lime: 17

Hammer ‘n’ Tongs Draught: 15

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Budweiser: 12

Heineken (Local): 10

Carlton Fusion Lemon: 10

 

10 – Terrible

Negra Modelo Cerveza: 9

Ironbark Brewery ‘Herb’ Beer: 9

Swan Gold: 8

Emu Export Gold: 7

Outback Brewery Chilli Beer: 5

VB Draught: 5

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Outback Brewery Chocolate Beer: 3

Ol’ Bluey Ginger Beer: 3

01 – Undrinkable

The Last Great Australian


No this isn’t about Ned Kelly, Cathy Freeman, John Eales… or any other famous Aussie. This is about a national icon, beer.

Once upon a time Coopers was an insignificant brewery, just a passaway South Australian brewery with a small market share. Fair enough, it had to compete with the likes of Tooheys, Hahn, Swan & Carlton – all hugely successful Australian breweries. Now the times have changed, in 2012 Coopers – in its 150th year – will become the biggest 100% Australian owned brewery.

Fosters and Lion Nathan have both decided that they’d prefer money over values and are now 100% owned overseas (Japan & England). Will Coopers cash in on this? They should! I for one will not be drinking Australian beer that has been made by English or Japs! I trust Aussies to make Aussie beer, no one else. Coopers is the last great Australian brewery, and shall henceforth be the only major beer brand I will ever buy again. Lion Nathan and Fosters will not receive a single cent! I can only hope others have similar mindsets.

The following beer brands will no longer appear in my budget… (The ones in bold are really dissapointing)

Carlton

Cascade

Castlemaine

Hahn

James Boags

SAB

Swan

Tooheys

XXXX

James Squire

West End

Southwark

Emu

Little Creatues

Knappstein

New Norcia Abbey

Gulf Lager

Matilda Bay

Crown

Redback


 

Good, bad & Ugly, my list of beer fame!


10/10 (Perfect)

– Colonial Kolsch (WA)

– Blacksalt Brewery Fest Beer (WA)

– Eagle Bay Brewery Kolsch (WA)

9/10 (Excellent)

– Matsos Pearlers Pale Ale (WA)

– Kosciusko Pale Ale (NSW)

– Zipfer Amber Ale (Austria)

– Weihenstaphen Dunkel (Germany)

– Trumer Pils (Austria)

– McLaren Vale Pale Ale (SA)

– Eagle Bay Pale Ale (WA)

8/10 (Fantastic)

– Duckstein Hefeweiss (WA)

– Elmars Ein Stein Pilsner (WA)

– Hooegarden White (Belgium)

– Kwak (Belgium)

– Leffe Blonde (Belgium)

– Coopers Sparkling Ale (SA)

– Nail Ale (WA)

– German Becks (Germany)

– Mash Brewery Freo Doctor (WA)

– Mash Brewery West Coast Wheat (WA)

– Mash Brewery Golden Ale (WA)

– Duckstein Alt Bier (WA)

– Feral Hop Hog IPA (WA)

– Steigl Radler (Austria)

– Sunner Kolsch (Germany)

– James Squire ‘The Chancer’ Golden Ale (NSW)

– Bootleg Brewery Pale Ale (WA)

– Little Creatures Bright Ale (WA)

– Dos Equis Amber (Mexico)

– Weihenstaphen Weissbier (Germany)

– Last Drop Oktoberfest (WA)

– Hofbrau Weissbier (Germany)

7/10 (Great)

– Coopers Pale Ale (SA)

– Wahoo (WA)

– Timothy Taylors Landlord Strong Pale Ale (England)

– Duckstein Pils (WA)

– St. Bernards Prior 8 Trappist Ale (Belgium)

– Cowaramup Special Pale Ale (WA)

– Mash Brewery Pale Ale (WA)

– James Squire ‘One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale (NSW)

-James Squire ‘Nine Tales’ Amber Ale (NSW)

– Feral Brewery Saison Ale (WA)

– Indian Ocean BreweryPale Ale (WA)

– Ironbark Brewery Aussie Pils (WA)

– Indian Ocean Brewery Indian Pale Ale (WA)

– Sierra Nevada Summerfest (USA)

– Little Brewings Wicked Elf Pale Ale (NSW)

– Weihenstaphen Oktoberfest (Germany)

– 4 Pines Brewing Kolsch (NSW)

– Dos Equis Lager Especiale (Mexico)

– Hofbrau Marzen (Germany)

6/10 (Very Good)

– Hahn Super Dry (NSW)

– Coopers 62 Pilsner (SA)

– Siason Dupont Trappist Ale (Belgium)

– Ironbark Brewery Munich Lager (WA)

– Stella Artois (Belgium)

– Monteith’s Single Source Lager (NZ)

– Indian Ocean Brewery White (WA)

– Mountain Goat Organic Steam Ale (VIC)

– James Squire ‘The Australian’ Lager (NSW)

– Duckstein Dunkel (WA)

– Bootleg Brewery witbier (WA)

– Redback Original (SA)

– Speights Island Ale (New Zealand)

– James Boags Premium (TAS)

– Beez Neez (WA)

– Imported Corona Cerveza (Mexico)

– Indian Ocean Brewery Indi White (WA)

5/10 (Good)

– Swan Draught (WA)

– Pilsner Urquell (Netherlands)

– James Boags Pure (TAS)

– Pure Blond (VIC)

– Feral Brewery White Beer (WA)

– Sol Cerveza (Mexico)

– Imported Heineken (Netherlands)

– Little Creatures Pale Ale (WA)

– Tooheys New White Stag (NSW)

4/10 (Drinkable)

-Carlton Draught (VIC)

– Viven Porter (Belgium)

-Carlton Cold (VIC)

– Feral Brewery White (WA)

– Feral Brewery Runt (WA)

– Tooheys Extra Dry Platinum (NSW)

-Tooheys Extra Dry (NSW)

– Ironbark “Herb” Beer (WA)

– Mildura Honey Wheat Beer (VIC)

-The Old Brewery Pale Ale (WA)

-Zipfer Radler (Austria)

-Hofbrau Dunkel (Germany)

-Hofbrau Oktoberfest (Germany)

-Flying Dogs Brewery Pale Ale (USA)

-Local Becks (VIC)

-Local Corona Cerveza (VIC)

– Cantina Cerveza (Columbia)

– Sail & Anchor Dry Dock (WA)

3/10 (Bad)

-Swan Gold (WA)

-Emu Export (WA)

-Outback Brewery Chilli Beer (SA)

-Bush Shack Brewery chocolatier (WA)

-Carlton Fusion (VIC)

– XXXX Summer Lager (QLD)

2/10 (Terrible)

– Budweiser (USA)

– Local Heineken (VIC)

1/10 (Undrinkable)

– VB Draught (VIC)

– XXXX Gold (QLD)

– Emu Export Gold (WA)

– Outback Brewery chocolate Beer (SA)

– Outback Brewery Chilli Beer (SA)

– All light & mid-strength beer.

An update on proceedings


Well with 8 months to go until I’m 21. There is still a lot to do!

15 breweries to knock off – Billabong, Blackwood Valley, Matsos, Old Coast Road, Tanglehead, Wild Bull, Jarrah Jacks, Brew42, Blacksalt, Moody Cow, Northbridge (if its finished!), Last Drop Bedfordale, Mash Bunbury, Mash Rockingham & Cheeky Monkey.

Gonna be a busy a summer break! But heres the progress to date.

Bootleg Brewery in Margaret river is still the most authentic Aussie brewery, and therefore the best – been there 3 times now.Also still the best Burger by far, thanks to that incredible BBQ sauce.

Eagle Bay & Colonial breweries also MR region have the best beer – their Kolsch are just incredible. These two also have incredible views and a nice sophistication.

Little Creatures is nice, albiet a little overrated – 5 times we’ve visited the famous Freo brewery now. The Golden Ale is my favourite. A brilliant atmosphere, it really encompasses  the Fremantle spirit well.

Some of the lesser known breweries such as Last Drop, Ironbark & Mad Monk were very impressive, holding up well to the big names.

Feral brewery is easily the manliest place one can venture, not too far away either!

Elmars, Duckstein & Mash in the valley provide for an excellent day out, top notch beer and food at all three.

Occys is terrible, Principle you don’t really feel that its a brewery and Cowaramup is a little dull (although we were all dead when we were there).

Next stop is Blacksalt, then down south again over summer to knock off the Perth to Busselton stretch! Hopefully the far south breweries will be conquered by the end of summer holidays too, leaving only the few Northerly breweries to go.

A disastrous second coming


The picturesque Old Swan Brewery (now called the “Old Brewery”) looks incredible from the outside, and is the most convenient brewery in WA being right in the centre of Perth, easily reachable for the majority of the state. The classic exterior looks stunning sandwiched between the Swan river and Kings Park. Once you get inside the classic architecture gives way to modern polished Jarrah and tinted glass seen in many of the most successful breweries down south and in the hills.

All this really gives you a good feel about the place, makes you feel like you’re onto a winner. Unfortunately that feeling ends with the first sip of their homebrews. One word resounds above all the rest – bitter, very bitter. Bitter on the palate, followed by a bitter aftertaste… seems like they haven’t learned any new tricks since the days that the vats created Lion Nathans signature brews. The beer was drinkable, but not worthy of a status any higher than that of mass produced cartons such as Swan, Tooheys etc.

With one set back, and after hearing such high accolades of their signature tommahawk steak we were certain the food would be better. Again, we were disappointed. I ordered the steak burger and my mate the chicken burger. Both were quite tasteless. The buns were barely cooked, and the patties of each were falling apart and had very little taste. The one saving grace was the interesting choice of sauces, especially the Guacamole on the chicken burger – this was the only thing that made the burger just stomachable. Besides this the trip to the Old brewery was a huge disappointment.

For future reference, stick to its signature dish – the tommahawk, and save the drinking for before and after, the beer just isn’t worth it at all.

Return to the South – the great tour of July.


Once again we have endulged ourselves in a tour of breweries, this time down south for the first time since early 2009. We added 3 more to the list this time around – Bush Shack brewery, Eagle Bay brewery and Occys brewery.

The old favourites were as good as ever. Ducksteins beer was impressive, and the german food cooked the way germans would cook it. Bootleg is still my number 1 – it is exactly what a brewery should be – not too fancy, not tailored for Bogans. And whilst Colonials food was worse, their Kolsch was even better than before, 2nd best beer in the Valley atm!

Anyway, onto the 3 previously unvisited breweries (in order from worst to Best)

 

Occys Brewery (Vasse). Occys has received a pretty good response from a few online communities and tourism sites. On the other hand one of my friends warned of an impending disappointment. Unfortunately he was right. As our last stop on Saturday we parked in front of the tin shed that is Occys and it looked like a very true blue, old school Aussie outback brewpub, it had a very friendly lounge room feel to it to. – Thats about as far as the positive feedback goes. The most important part of any brewery is its beer, and this was a disaster. The Pale Ale was very bitter, and the rest of the beers did not sound too drinkable either. The best there was the Radler and the was drinkable at best – not good, just drinkable. A mate who was drunk enough to have no taste left manage to down the rest of the Pale Ale and we slowly finished the Radler then left very quickly back to base camp.

Bush Shack Brewery (Yallingup).  Bush Shack brewery was our first stop both days. Its very easy to see how they came about giving it its name. After turning off the main road the one we were on turned into a dirt road, we then had to turn onto an even dirtier and progressively more dirtier and more waterlogged (good for my 4×4, bad for most other people) road. All the with trees towering over in every direction, it was a very isolated place – makes you wonder how they make the place good business. Upon arriving it had this very quirky feel about it. Old school rustic metal figures stood high outside the brewhouse, a beer shrine was built into the side wall and the welcome sign was a right laugh “Warm beer, bad food, lousy service. Welcome”. You could tell this place was made for a casual drink with your mates. There was a foosball table outside, and a circle pool table inside much to our amusement. There was even a video games room across the front yard. Bush Shack proved to be the perfect place to start. Its quiet setting made it easy to have a good chat before heading out for a big day.

The Beer was quite nice to. What was more striking was the strange array they had on offer. Passionfruit, citrus, chocolate, chilli, peach were just a few of the 18 beer infusions on the overhead chalkboard. They did have generic brews as well (Ales, Pilsner, Wheat Darks etc.) which I stuck to. The Pale Ale was very smooth, maybe lacked a little flavour which actually worked out well seeing as I did not want to get hit with a full flavour beer at 10am in the morning. No complaints from anyone, and the staff were only too happy to let us sit at a table that had been set up and reserved for midday – a very friendly gesture very hard to come by anywhere these days (if its set up, you cant sit there no matter how far away the booking is!). Bush Shack I would recommend to anyone as a perfect way to start a brewery tour down south.

Eagle Bay Brewery (Eagle Bay). Eagle bay was by far the standout of the 3. As you idle down the driveway the brewery (very similar looking to Colonial) sits beneath you opening out onto the breathtaking view of a lush green valley between it and the sea. As you turn back all you see is trees, the road has disappeared and you truly feel surrounded by the most idyllic landscape in the world. Once inside we were quickly escorted to our reserved table and greeted by the waiters (most of which worked at Duckstein last time we were down). They knew beer was our priority and wasted no time getting our orders in front of us. Most of us chose between the Pilsner and Kolsch – a beer that comes with a very high reputation down south within our group. Eagle Bay not only met the bar, their Kolsch was even farther superior to that of Duckstein, even Colonials improved brew was belittled by its perfection. Very easy to drink, yet with plenty of flavour. Incredibly refreshing too! Eagle Bays Kolsch is definitely the new number 1 in my books. The Pilsner rates very highly too. Duckstein is no longer #1 for beer amongst our group.

After getting our beer to us we ordered our meals. Mostly Beef burgers, a few pizzas and steak. It was served to us in reasonable time considering there was 10 of us, and they clearly didn’t cut any corners in doing so! Of course I had to get the beef burger as before the tour I had tipped that this could beat Bootleg. Well it turns out I was wrong, but it was very, very good. The bread was very soft, yet held together well. Once again the beetroot added a nice touch and there was just the right amount of salad and mayo to complement the large beef patty. A would suggest to Eagle Bay that if they had have cooked the patty a few seconds less, and added tomato relish to the ingredients, this burger would definitely be in the top 3! Another big plus was the serving was absolutely huge, an inch thick layer of chips covered half the plate, with the burger taking up the other half.

I would put this in at #4 behind Ferals Hop Hog, Mash’ Black Angus and – of course – the unbeatable Bootlegs sirloin steak burger. Making it the only non-steak burger in the top 5.

So my opinion on the order of breweries down south after the trip…

1: Bootleg – perfect food, perfect setting, great beer.

2:Duckstein – perfect food, perfect setting, great beer.

3: Eagle Bay – great food, great setting, perfect beer.

4: Colonial – great food, good setting, perfect beer.

5: Bush Shack – Food?, great setting, good beer.

6: Cowaramup – Food?, good setting, good beer.

7: Occys – Food?, great setting, bad beer.

Down south I still have to go to: Tanglehead, Jarrah Jacks, Mash (bunbury & Rockingham), Old Coast Road Breweries.