Coopers Thomas Cooper’s Selection Celebration Ale 355ml 6-pack $20
The party kicks on. The commemorative ale Tim and Glenn Cooper released last year marking Cooper’s 150th anniversary is to join the company’s regular offerings. The ale’s reddish coloured, fruity, with citrusy hops high notes, generously flavoured and finishing hoppy and lingeringly bitter.
Wigram Brewing Co Bristol Best Bitter 500ml $4.60
Wigram Brewing, from Christchurch, New Zealand, nailed the English best bitter style with this delicious ale. The alcohol’s modest at 4.5 per cent, but the flavour’s big and beautiful – round, sweet and rich, with caramel-like maltiness. Beautifully judged hops add flavour and a persistent bitterness to offset the malt sweetness.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 20 February 2013 in The Canberra Times