Beer review — Matso’s and Kiuchi

Matso’s Broome Brewery Ginger Beer 330ml 6-pack $29.90
Have I missed something in this cult beer from Broome? It seems to owe less to brewing and more to those ready-to-drink concoctions of sugar, carbon dioxide and alcohol – in this case saved from complete blandness by the ginger. A flat, headless appearance added to an impression of a soft drink for adults.

Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Beer 330ml $5.70
This is real beer, with an emphasis on sweet, rich, smooth malty flavour, velvety, creamy texture and abundant, persistent head. The sweet maltiness, high alcohol (seven per cent) and subtle, spicy tang of ginger make it excellent company for Christmas fruitcake. It’s made using fresh ginger in Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.

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