Beer review – Green King and Fraoch

Green King Abbot Ale 500ml $6.33 Suffolk-based Greene King brews beer runs pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK. Their mid-amber coloured Abbot Ale offers fruity and malty aromas and flavours on a generous, warm palate. After a few sips, a refreshing bitterness begins to build, offsetting the malt sweetness delciously. Fraoch Heather Ale 500ml […]

More people drinking Aussie craft beers

Australian craft beers continue their expansion as consumption of mainstream beer declines. In the five years from March 2010 to March 2014, the proportion of Australian adults drinking local craft beer in any four-week period increased from 3.5 per cent to 5.7 per cent, according to Roy Morgan Research. In the same period the proportion […]

Wine review – Soumah, Grant Burge and De Bortoli

Soumah Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013 $33–$35 The Butcher family owns vineyards in the Gruyere-Coldstream sub-region of the Yarra Valley and created the acronym Soumah (south of the Maroondah Highway) as its brand name. Wines released under this label include Savarro (savagnin blanc), pinot noir, pinot grigio and shiraz. Even in the warmer 2013 season Soumah […]

Beer review – Blue Moon Brewing Co

Blue Moon Brewing Co Belgian White 330ml $3.99 Coca-Cola Amatil imports Blue Moon from Coors Brewing Company, a division of Canadian Molson Coors Brewing Company. The pale lemon colour, cloudy appearance and sturdy white head are all consistent with the Belgian wheat style. It is, perhaps a little rounder and less refeshing acidic than Hoegaarden […]