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Bristol Matt.....Do you drink bitter or lager?. Im presuming bitter as most aussie stuff doesnt taste like the lager youre used too.. Nearest to lager is Carlton Col/Tooheys extra dry., And if you want real good stuff.....try the platinum!Stella is a poor relation. Alot of beers are a cross between bitter/lager.....but like food and everything else you assimilate and things become normal:D..............apart from west end though...........thats still cr*p(sorry martin)
I also have never said the beer is so poor I won't be emigrating, that would be pretty sad wouldn't it!?.
We are all intitled to an opinion and I thought I had made it pretty clear I was open to criticism.
OK, perhaps the post is a little confrontational, but it was only ever intended as a start of a good debate and to maybe find out if I had missed something when I was there, it turns out I have in the micro-breweries.
Now we are 6 pages in without any real nastiness I think I have achieved my goal.
Intersetingly, I would say the majority of people seem to agree with my statement (I have included people who tell me to drink wine instead as, to me, that is an admital the beer is poor so you need to try something else)
Before this post turns ugly I want to apologise now if I have offended anybody in any way shape or form. Please treat this post as a bit of banter as thats all I ever intended.
This is the male version of the shopping dispute ....cocktails are getting ruffled...
Sailed SS Australis out of Southampton 1977.Arrived October in Adelaide via Melbourne 1977.Liverpool/London 1987 - 1992
Adelaide 1992 to eternity:)and one day you'll wake up and stop counting how long you've been here.
I'm just thanking everybody tonight - because I've been drinking Australian alchofrolic beverages.........whatever they taste like...........well perhaps not West End ( sorry Martin)
;)Eh , matt.......no worries mate, cant see where you became a wingeing pom anywhere......lol
Wait till you get here ..... you'll be swigging the Coopers Pale Ale down just like the rest of us!
Your tastebuds get used to anything over time ........... except, of course, Vegemite!!!
I have tried many of the excellent real ales produced in the UK during the first 33 ears of my life, and was very pleased to renew my acquaintance with them during my recent 2-year return to the mother country. However, there are comparable beers in Adelaide, and here are my recommendations:
Cooper's Sparkling (the red label) - bottle-conditioned (therefore cloudy), complex hop and malt flavours - a superb beer.
Cooper's Pale (the green label). Little brother to the red, just a little less complex, but very good.
Both the above are produced in Adelaide.
Cascade Premium (warning - the full-strength one, not the weedy light version) is dry, crisp and hoppy, holds its own against all those lovely German, Dutch and Belgian lager-style drinks.
Southwark Premium - a cheaper alternative to Cascade, the only decent thing to emerge from the Lion Nathan fizzy pop factory.
Malt Shovel James Squire Amber Ale - or Pilsener, India Pale Ale and Golden Ale. Yum!
Many hotels now server Cooper's on tap (as they say, equals draught), and you can get the James Squire increasiingly too. I make a point of avoiding places that don't sell Cooper's - I wouldn't dirty my shoes on their floors.
Important point - Australian hotels (they aren't called pubs) sell the beer FAR TOO COLD, a throwback to the days of there only being swill available. All the above beers are better if you let them warm up a bit, as you can actually taste them then!
I tasted Stella first in Adelaide, and loved it. When I went to the UK, I found it less enjoyable - so maybe we get used to something tasting a certain way and don't like it when it doesn't.
Finally, you can always enjoy the occasional treat from Dan Murphy's shelves, such as a Marston's, Bass, Green King, etc etc. Need a bank loan, but worth it.
Conclusion - don't not come to Adelaide because you think the beer won't be good. Drink the good stuff and you will adjust.
PS I did do home brew for years, and it's a good, cheap way to create British-style beers if that's what you want