The beer that turned me onto good beer:
Beechworth Pale Ale: I’d just started writing beer reviews for the Illawarra Mercury and really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Ben at Bridge Road still sent me some beers anyway. The Beechworth was in that box.
I can still remember being so overwhelmed by the aroma wafting out of the beer glass, that I spent a good amount of time just sitting there breathing it in. Had never done that with a beer before.
You've got three beers to turn someone else on to good beer; what are they and why?
Beechworth Pale – Because it worked for me.
Schofferhoffer Hefeweizen: Because it tastes like lolly bananas and therefore is likely to change a mainstream beer drinker's perception of what “beer” is (I have a theory that many people think beer just comes in one flavour). Plus, I like hefeweizens.
5 Barrel Brewing Milkshake IPA: Just because it’s so tasty. And because it’s a hometown beer for me.
Last beer you enjoyed?
A sour English IPA I had at a Wollongong homebrewers’ gathering. As is the case with some homebrew, it wasn’t great when it was first kegged, but after a couple of months things changed in a most wonderful way.
Three things that represent you:
Hops tend to grab most of the glory in today's beer world, yet barley is beer's backbone. And barley is the star of one rural community's beer, a brew celebrating local Barellan farmers.
October 1, 2015 by Glen Humphries
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