Murrays Nirvana Pale Ale 330ml $4.50
The label describes Nirvana as a hybrid of the American and English pale ale styles. But to my taste the penetrating hops aroma, full, malty body and assertive, lingering hops flavour and bitterness put it squarely in the American mould. Beautiful, fresh hops are the keynote – a great beer with hot curry.
Bridge Road Brewers Hans Klopek’s Hefe Weizen 330ml $4.50
Shut your eyes and think of Bavarian wheat beer with its high-toned banana-like aroma and flavour and tangy fresh acidity. Brewer Ben Kraus captures much of the magic in this version brewed in Beechworth, Victoria. Ben also offers traditional giant pretzels if you’re down that way – a perfect match with this beer.
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