Beer and cider review — Australian Brewery and Samuel Smith

Australian Brewery The Fresh Press Cider 4-pack 355ml cans $14.99
The Australian Brewery of Rouse Hill, Sydney, say they ferment their cider from freshly crushed apples. It’s a pale coloured, low-gas cider with a pleasing, clean, apple-like aroma and flavour and a slight sweetness just outweighing the acidity.

Samuel Smith’s India Pale Ale 550ml $8.50
Smith’s says it uses water from a well sunk in 1758 top ferments their beer in traditional Yorkshire stone fermenters. True to the traditional India Pale style, it’s intensely bitter, thanks to a mother load of hops (originally a 19th century preservative for the long voyage to India).

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2014
First published 12 March 2014 in the Canberra Times