3 Ravens 55 American Pale Ale 330ml $4.50
Apologies to Edgar Allan Poe – Once upon a midnight drear, I snapped the cap of this beaut beer, from the Ravens Brewing Co of Thornbury, Victoria: Dense white foam, typical of fresh, bottle-conditioned beer; high-toned, citrus-like hops aroma; opulent, malty, fruity palate cut with zesty, fresh, bitter hops.
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar 650ml $16.50
I’m blockading an Aldi hazelnut chocolate addiction with Rogue’s idiosyncratic brew. It’s luxuriously malty and chocolaty with an echo of hazelnut, a lick of sweetness, a bitter hops twist and a care-banishing alcohol content of 6.2 per cent. It’s from Newport, Oregon, USA, and available from Plonk, Fyshwick.
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