Apple Thief William Pear Cider 330ml $4.15
Apple Thief is a Batlow-based brand making apple and pear ciders from local fruit – in this instance William pears. The colour is pale and while the aroma’s light, the slightly sweet palate delivers delicate pear flavour and tart acidity. It’s all-natural, they say, and definitely tastes like pears.
The Little Brewing Company Mad Abbot Dubbel 330ml $8
From Port Macquarie comes this deep brown ale, modelled on a style developed by Belgium’s Trappist monks in the nineteenth century. It’s an opulent, malty, fruity, high-alcohol style (6.9 per cent), with fresh acidity and quite low on bittering.
Copyright Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 11 September 2013 in the Canberra Times