Hargreaves Hill Beatnik Raspberry Sour

Hargreaves Hill

Released November 16, 2020

It must be tricky being the funky little sibling when your older, supposedly more sensible, elder starts playing up. When Hargreaves Hill launched Beatnik, the offshoot was designed as a home for beers that might not fit within the ethos honed over more than a decade, as well as allowing the Yarra Valley brewer to put some beer into cans. Roll on a few years and massively hopped hazies, cocktail-mimicking beers, and pastry stouts are among the limiteds bearing the Hargreaves Hill name, often in cans with designs that wouldn't look out of place in a Scandinavian beer bar.

If anything, Beatnik has settled into more of an easy-going companion piece while the original label mixes the traditional and the cutting edge, with the Raspberry Sour presenting almost like a hard seltzer. The raspberries give it a pink hue and contribute a cordial like fruit sweetness to a drink with a soda water like texture. Any sourness is barely perceptible, although there is a flash of bitterness in a beer they're pitching as one for "hanging in the park or sipping by the pool".

James Smith

Raspberry Sour
Hargreaves Hill

Factory 60
64-86 Beresford Road
Lilydale 3140

(03) 9730 1905
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