Beer review – 4 Pines Brewing Company and Thathcher’s Cider

4 Pines Brewing Company Brookvale Union Ginger Beer 500ml $7
Ahh, yes – sugar, alcohol and a twist of ginger make a palate pleasing combination for many. And that’s exactly what 4 Pines offers in this blend of “water, cane sugar, alcohol, fresh ginger, citric acid, natural ginger flavours, preservative”. An alcoholic soft drink, it is; beer, it is not.

Thatcher’s Gold English Cider 500ml
Thatcher’s Gold won three trophies at this year’s Australian Cider Awards: best in show, best cider and best international cider or perry. It’s available in bottle and on tap (kegged by Coopers). The cider has a bright, pale-golden colour an aroma of very ripe apples and flavour to match, with delightfully brisk acidity and dry finish.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2014
First published 26 November 2014 in the Canberra Times