Prologue: The Ashes have started, I’m sitting at home waiting for ‘The Door Guy’ to turn up and fix, well a door. In a preview of the wasted days of summer to come I flick on the television to watch the Aussies take on the Poms in the long from of the game. So what better thing to drink whilst feining an interest in Cricket than Cricketers Arms Lager
Now I have some sneaking suspicion that this beer is connected to the great pub The Cricketers Arms Hotel in Port Melbourne, if it is then I wholeheartly support this beer and will drink it in memory of the many meals I’ve had in the beer garden there, if not we then that’s probably okay too.
Appearance: This is light, it looks like a good lager should, with the trail of bubbles rising to the surface, there isn’t too much froth in the glass though, and towards the end of the beer it was starting to go a little flat.
First Impressions: Is 11am too early to be drinking?
Taste: The immediate impression is that this is refreshing, it’s easy to drink. This is a slight bite just a half second after it hits your tongue, all in all a very nice beer.
Packaging: The label looks a little confusing actually, the logo is almost celtic in look which doesn’t seem to match the brand. I would have liked to seen a cricket theme brought through, prehaps Victor Trumper facing up, then the Lucksmiths song could be used in the advertisements (becuase we know beer ads don’t work unless there is singing involved). I must say I do like the list of cricket grounds in small print in the background.
Food suggestion: The Brewer’s nose app tells me chicken. I think we can get a bit more Aussie that that, and go a Vegemite sandwhich (the vitamin B in Vegemite should also reduce any hangovers) or you could do a tribute to Shane Warne and have it with baked beans
Possible Slogans: It just IS cricket. or I don’t like cricket, I love it.
6 degrees of Norm: Where we link every beer back to Norm from Cheers (George Wendt) in 6 easy steps.
1. Cricketers Arms is made by Sundance Brewing
2. Which may or may not be named after the Sundance Film Festival
3. Where the film ‘The Great Buck Howard’ had it’s premiere, which stars Colin Hanks
4.Whose dad is Tom Hanks
5. Who was in Saving private Ryan with Ted Danson
6. Who was in Cheers, serving beer to Norm.
Ranking: Let’s have a Schooner