So I’ve been “Down Under” (in Australia) for the past week and am finally getting ready to head home. First off, I’ve gotta say that the Aussies are one friendly bunch. I actually mentioned my impression in passing to someone at dinner last night and was informed that they have recently been surpassed by the CANADIANS! Yes, that’s right, there IS actually a friendliest country award, Australia used to own it and as of last week they just lost out to the Canadians. I’ve been to Canada and I think the survey must be a bunch of crap.
Anyhow, I have taken some time to sample the local beers but I must first dispel a common myth – Fosters is NOT Australian for beer. In fact after a week here I have yet to find a place that serves Fosters and most people don’t even know what it is. That being said I did enjoy much of what the Aussies had to offer in the way of beer. Coopers Brewery has a great naturally carbonated pale Ale (sort of similar to a Sierra Nevada) and a Tasmanian brewer James Bogue has a good lager. My favorite by far though is the James Squire Amber Ale. They’ve been brewing it for over 125 years and use some native Australian hops. It has a nice copper colour and a fabulous finish. And yes, if you read the description page it says it goes well with Kangaroo – believe it or not that’s how I drank it last night – with a side of rare smoked kangaroo!