Down here in Melbourne town the weather is starting to turn. Gone are the grey overcast skies that grace the seemingly endless winter in this town. Now we are starting to see some blue peak through the clouds, occasionally I can leave the house in a t-shirt. And if you can find a place inside but near a window you can be toasty warm in the sun and pretend it’s hotter than it really is.
That’s right spring is almost upon us, and we all know what spring means. It means beer (So does Winter, Autumn and Summer for me but let’s just go with it okay), specifically it means beers in beer gardens.
But what to drink? I’ve spent the last three months devouring stouts and porters being warmed by their big alcohol, full bodied goodness, but if you want to fully embrace the T-shirt weather, and drinking in a beer gardens you are going to need a lighter bodied, more sessionable, perhaps even fruity beer. And because I care about you, my readers I’ve gone out and tested three of them to help you with your selection.
First up with the Queenscliff Honey Wheat Ale, a beer that aims to combine all the goodness of wheat and honey, which kind of sounds like a breakfast cereal more than a beer. It pours a honey yellow colour with a white head which is half way between creamy and foamy. It’s a bit of a nothing beer, there are hints of honey in the aftertaste but it’s very subtle, otherwise it’s quite gassy, not particularly hoppy, it’s an okay beer, and there is nothing wrong with it, it’s just not that interesting though – Schooner
Kolsch is traditionally seen as a summer beer. Why? Well it’s a light, bright golden lager from Cologne in Germany, this particular example is not from Cologne though, rather it is from the Sydney brewer 4 Pines, it’s imaginatively called 4 Pines Kolsch. There is a lot to like about 4 Pines, including their clean label design which promises sophisticated brews.
This particular beer was not brilliant however. I have a feeling this might have more to do with my dislike of the style rather than the brewery itself though. I know that this beer is designed to be light, refreshing, pure, clear and all of those words that mainstream brewers use for their beers which are in fact chock full of additives, preservatives and alike, but the issue is this beer tastes too much like a plain commercial lager to really do much for me. I’d happily drink it, particularly if I was sitting in the sun, but I would seek out other 4 Pines brews before this one.Schooner
If you are looking for something a bit different for your Sunday Session, then I would suggest seeking out a bottle of Red Duck White Garden. This is an unusual beer. It’s a fruit witbeir made with Raspberry and Rhubarb jam in it, and this is what dominates the smell, colour and flavour. It’s a cloudy beer with a slight pink tinge to it. It smells of fruit, raspberry more that rhubarb, and tastes of this too. It’s very light, more akin to a spritzer than a beer.
This is an example of a light, highly refreshing, perfect for summer beer which is still interesting. I’m not convinced I’d want to spend my entire Sunday sess drinking this, but as a cleanser, or to mix it up a little then this would be an excellent choice. Pint
The longbow YouTube clip: Another entry, another Lucksmiths tune. The always joyous T-Shirt Weather. Although the chick in it doesn’t like beer, peanuts or football, sounds like she is high maintenance to me.