Unibroue Blanche de Chambly 355ml $5.80
No, not French, but French Canadian – a fine-but-cloudy bottle fermented wheat ale. Its delicately fruity aroma leads to a zesty, flavoursome and evenly balanced palate with wheat ale’s distinctive fresh acidity counterbalancing an almost imperceptible sweetness. See www.unibroue.com for more info about this Quebec brewery.
Holgate Extra Special Bitter 330ml $4.50
This one’s brewed by Paul Holgate and Ian Morgan at Keatings Hotel, Woodend, Macedon, about an hour’s drive out of Melbourne. You can taste the beers on site or enjoy the bottled versions here in Canberra. This one’s a deep-amber English style bitter – big on fruity malt flavours offset by assertive, tasty, lingeringly bitter hops.
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