Ranga Red Ale

Prologue:  I’m told we live in the time of the red haired. We have a red haired prime minister, Nicole Kidman is breeding again (making it two children that she acknowledges being a mother to, I note she is still ignoring her two adopted children), Cameron Ling is allowed out in polite society, and now they even have their own beer.

That’s right just like the Wogs out of Work crew, and Lou Interligi before them (and yes I’m very impressed if you get that reference) the redheads are reclaiming the derogatory term and making it their own.

The red head in this instance is Southern Bay Brewing and they are standing up for Fanta Pants everywhere by releasing Ranga Premium Red Ale.    

Appearance:  It did indeed have a slight reddish colour to it, a browny red, but a red none the less, it was topped with a nice creamy head and laced is small infrequent bubbles.  

Taste:  The day I tried this it was hotter than a lesbian sex scene between Christina Hendricks and Donna from That 70’s show, so I was looking for something refreshing, this didn’t disappoint. It was like a creamy amber ale,  a smooth and crisp brew.  

Packaging:  I had it on tap, which is how I prefer to experience beers, but as you can see from the above picture there is a lovely cartoon of a happy (possibly drunk) orangutan on it, I like how it appears to be printed straight onto the glass. This means you could throw it in a esky, come back 6 hours later (when the ice is just water) and you could still id the beer, rather than having some clear brown bottles and sixteen different labels floating in the top of the esky water.

In conclusion:  This is a really nice beer. They seem to be positioning it against ‘Blonde’ beers, which is a nice juxtaposition. I would suggest you put down your little creatures, and your pure blondes, and your summer ales and pick up a pot of this, I think you’ll quite like it.   

Fascinating ‘facts’ about red haired people

       The”gene for red hair” is  melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), found on the 16th chromosome.

       About 4% of the world’s population are redheads, 13% in Scotland.

       A 2002 study found that in surgery redheads are require 20% more anaesthesia than there non ginger nut brothers.

–     According to Pip O’Brien there are no redheads  in NZ becuase the Maori’s ate them. She also think Alladin was inspired by MC Hammer.

Some Cool Redheads:

– Groundskeeper Willy

– Jessica Rabitt

– Willie Nelson

– That dude from Modern Family

– Beaker from the Muppets

– Basil Brush

– The chick from the matches box.

– Tintin



Some Awful Awful redheads

– Nicole Kidman

– Ronald McDonald

– L Ron Hubbard

– Lizzie Borden

– Judas Iscariot

– Carrottop

– Elmo



Ranking:  I’ll have a pint thanks   

The Long Bow Youtube clip:  Well actually not that long a bow.

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