Beer and cider review – Matso’s and Tilse’s

Matso’s Lychee Beer 330ml $3.42
Matso’s brewery, Broome, describe this as a “mixed marriage” derived from the various long-term influences on local culture – “Chinese, Japanese, Koepangers and Ghans”. Slightly reminiscent of the Belgian wheat style, Lychee offers fresh, light, delicate flavours with a little sweet kiss, courtesy no doubt of the lychee and elderflower in the brew.

Tilse’s Pear Cider 500ml $6.45
Tilse’s cider comes from Beurre Bosc and Williams pears grown in the foothills of Barrington Tops, in the upper Hunter Valley NSW. The delicate and definitely pear-like aroma leads to a light bodied, delicate, similarly pear-like palate. The delicate acidity gives a freshness to the slightly sweet finish.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2014
First published 30 July 2014 in the Canberra Times