If you're serious about brewing commercially in Queensland, you're going to need a good mid-strength. And recent visits would suggest there are plenty of brewers in the state doing just that. Newstead has won trophies for its 3 Quarter Time Session Ale and Ballistic wasted no time in picking up a gold medal at the country's biggest beer awards for its Pilot Light, a beer they're tagging a "table beer" – a tradition from Belgium brought to contemporary Salisbury.
Their translation bears no common ground with the table beers you'll quaff with meals in Belgium, however, other than it's beer. This is a tight, lean, tropically hoppy affair that achieves the goal of delivering a flavoursome experience a step above and to the side of mainstream middies – one that has enough character and bitterness to satisfy a discerning drinker, but also one that those who have to drive home afterwards can enjoy without fear.