If there’s been anything proven by the recent Vintage Cellars Best of Beer Awards it’s that South Australia is a place as fluent in beer as wine. “We were amazed with the standard of products shortlisted for each category. This was a true showcase of the craft and skill Australian breweries possess,” says Vintage Cellars’ Jay Baird of the entries. Meet the nine brews that were the judges’ pick of the crop.
Tangy grapefruit is the star of the show in this beer, a zesty, non-alcoholic take on the traditionally bitter IPA. Proof that low or zero alcohol offerings are flourishing, this refreshing drink is perfect for a balmy afternoon.
From a brand inspired by simpler times, this modern beer is an Australian-made take on the classic lager. Think of it as a session beer dreamt up for easy drinking – crisp, clean and smooth.
Picture a taste of the tropics (or near enough) in this Pacific Ale, a 100% Australian made brew with low bitterness, light bright hops, and a profile rich in the flavours of mango, lychee and pineapple.
As its name implies, this Sherbet Sour is an explosion of vibrant flavours and layers. Tangy at its core, the beer tastes of raspberry puree and lemon zest, making for a sharp tangy base, balanced out by a splashing of sweetness.
Finally a ginger beer that scrimps on the sugar, but not on the flavour. Brookvale Union’s take on tradition embraces real ginger cream and natural-based products for its spicy (but not too spicy) beer.
A strong hop presence has helped Coopers XPA to steal the crown this year. “From the very outset, the purple 375ml can struck a chord with drinkers looking for that extra hop flavour in a beer that’s well balanced and importantly, easy to drink,” says Coopers General Manager Michael Shearer of the bitter drink with citrus undertones.
Light, bright, and crisp can be expected from Shapeshifter’s Pale Ale. Drinkers will be greeted with an eclectic concoction of flavours in this foamy brew – think pine, grapefruit, melon and peach.
Fruit-forward is perhaps the best description for Adelaide’s own Little Bang’s Hazy Pale, which uses a mixture of brewing and wine making equipment across its range. Says creator Ryan Davidson: “We’re super pleased with our new recipe for Undercover Fashion Police, so it’s really nice to see that confirmed by the experts!”
Smooth operator is an understatement when it comes to this hefty stout, which makes for an amazing evening or after hours treat courtesy of its layers of roasted coffee and smooth chocolate.
Products featured are available from 01/02/23 to 07/03/23, while stocks last. Some products or varieties featured may not be available in all stores.