Beer review — Townshend Brewery and Duke

Townshend Brewery Dinner Ale 500ml $6.58
Townshend comes from Upper Moutere, Nelson – the beautiful heart of New Zealand’s hop industry. The ale’s wussy four per cent alcohol is well and truly made up for by its attractive fruitiness and spicy, lightly pungent hops character. Natural carbonation adds to the overall gentleness and freshness of a distinctive brew.

Duke Premium Lager 330ml $4.98
Duke’s, from Burleigh Heads, Queensland, joins the increasingly crowded premium lager market with a decent but hardly distinctive brew. The lively, abundant white head, bright medium-golden colour; pleasant herbal, hoppy aroma and mildly bitter palate offer good refreshment, if not a new interpretation of the much-abused term, “premium lager”.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 6 February 2013 in The Canberra Times