Hottest 100: Around Oz

Hottest 100: Around Oz

December 10th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

There’s only a few weeks left for brewers to unleash new beers onto the Aussie public in 2010 if they hope to make an appearance in The Local Taphouse’s third Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll. And, in our ongoing attempts to pick the brain’s of the nation’s best beer folk, this week we’ve spread the net a little wider and invited a few interstate brewers to give us their favourite tipples from 2010.

Once again, there’s a mix of old and new in their lists. But will any of them make yours? If you’re ready to cast your vote, you can head here. If you’re still mulling over your choice, see if any of these take your fancy.

Brendan Varis – Feral Brewing, WA

Stone & Wood Draught Ale (now renamed Pacific Ale)
Bridge Road Saison
Little Creatures Pale Ale
Murray’s Wild Thing
Nail Ale

Alistair Turnbull – Lobethal Bierhaus, SA

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“I’d have to say I will always be a slave to full character beers, whether they be hop or malt driven,” says Alistair. “When not consuming my own Bierhaus Double Hopped IPA (call it an addiction!) I love…

Steam Exchange Brewery Truffles
Brewboys Seeing Double
Temple Saison
Bridge Road Brewers Biere De Garde
Red Hill Hop Harvest Ale

… Long live the true craft brewer!”

Ian Watson – Murray’s, NSW

Stone & Wood Draught Ale – Simple, easy, elegant and very yummy
Feral Hop Hog – A great beer, I am always looking forward to the next time I’ll have it
New Norcia Abbey Ale – I’m a big fan of Belgian style/inspired beers and the bottle of this I had a few months ago was simply stunning
Cooper’s Best Extra Stout – An old favourite and the bottle I had last week was just as good as I ever remember
Burleigh Brewing Black Giraffe – Class.

Brennan Fielding – Burleigh Brewing Company, QLD

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On the Burleigh bottling line

Brennan’s wife and Burleigh co-founder Peta managed to corner him on the brewers’ platform “while he was tossing hops in the 28 Pale Ale”. He looked “very hot and thirsty” but managed to offer the following:

“If you’re really not going to let me vote for any of the Burleigh Brews, then give me a…

Moorilla Hefeweizen
Wig ‘n' Pen Obama (IPA)
Hargreaves Hill Pale Ale
Murray’s Icon
Moorilla (Moo Brew) Dark Ale

… NOW!”

The Stone & Wood Crew, NSW

Brad

Feral Hop Hog – great beer, great brewery, great bunch of guys
Little Creatures Single Batch IPA – loved the hop flavour and hop bitterness balance
Mountain Goat Steam Beer – refreshing to be able to drink a heap of these
Young & Jackson’s Naked Ale – a great example of the German Hefeweizen
Cooper’s Stout – nice roasted grain, great alcohol balance

Jamie

Hargreaves Hill ESB – you can almost taste the struggle, persistence and hardship that has gone into it
Rogers – old meets new, and just a bloody good pizza beer
Dogbolter – yep, I’m emotionally attached to this beer, but its a great blend of complexity and drinkability
Feral White – highly underrated beer that lives in the shadow of monsters
Wig & Pen Mr Natural – good beer, good idea, good name, and good for the planet

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Scott

Wig & Pen Velvet Cream Stout – Not comfort food but comfort beer from a master of malt flavour…
Feral Hop Hog – A silk purse from a sow’s ear
Wig & Pen Venom – a lethal injection of flavour from my poison of choice
Red Hill Wheat Beer – think the banana & vanilla perfume of a buxom bavarian babe’s embrace…yum
Feral iWit 2.0 – Everything turned up to 11, like Spinal Tap’s Marshall Amps….seriously good fun

Ross

Colonial Kolsch – great example of an underrated style
Moo Brew Hefeweizen – love a good hefe
Red Hill Scotch Ale – great dark malt character but well balanced
Mountain Goat Hightail Ale – a classic from the Goat boys
James Squires Pilsener – ticks all the boxes as a local version of the style

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