Kiuchi Brewery Real Ginger Ale 330ml $9.50
Many ginger beers seem like alcoholic soft drinks, tempering cloying sweetness with tart ginger. But Kiuchi is all beer – rich, warming (seven per cent alcohol) and malty, with an abundant, persistent head, and delicious deep undercurrent of tangy ginger flavour. The high alcohol and generous malt make it a good winter beer.
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale 355ml $4.50
Deep chocolate brown Sierra Nevada Tumbler looks like it might be syrupy rich. But it gives the crisp, dry crunch of autumn leaves. The palate starts with rich, roasted malt flavours, but quickly dries out – finishing with a pleasing, lingering bitterness, combining hops and roasted malt.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2012
First published 6 June 2012 in The Canberra Times