Beer review — Grand Ridge and Matilda Bay

Grand Ridge Brewery Brewer’s Pilsner 330m 6-pack $18
Grand Ridge’s original beer, first tasted years ago at the brewery in Mirboo North, Gippsland Victoria, retains its original style. It’s an assertive Czech-inspired brew, big on malt, with a caramel-like richness, and cut through with the bracing, pungent aroma, flavour and lingering bitterness of Saaz hops – a robust and distinctive style.

Matilda Bay Minimum Chips Golden Lager 330ml 6-pack $19.99
Foster’s-owned Matilda Bay launched Minimum Chips in November through the various Woolworths-owned Dan Murphy, BWS and Woolworths Liquor; and on tap at its Port Melbourne Brewery and Bar. It’s a pleasing, full-bodied lager, mid-golden in colour with rich malt and a firm, assertive hops bitterness.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 23 January 2013 in The Canberra Times