2014 is now in the past and so is the 672 unique beers I’ve tried. My Craft Beerscapade started just over 12 months ago and it’s been fun, I’ve traveled interstate and locally sampling craft beers from bars & breweries, been invited to beer events, few brewery tours, received beer mail and had the odd few free samples of some quality craft beers that are being brewed by our Aussie microbreweries.
Most seasoned craft beer drinkers would know about the Local Taphouse’s Hot 100 Craft Beers poll that is happening, which i would encourage you if you haven’t already to vote for your top 5 Aussie craft beers. I’ve voted, but I’m not sharing my votes (i voted a week ago & can’t remember what i voted for – joking), not that my votes would really influence anyone, as I’ve had so many good beers and it’s all about personal preference….or could the reason be that when the list is released on Australia day i can say “yeah i voted for those top 5”.
OK OK I’ll share my votes…..Pier group pressure from all my followers, all 11 of you!
My votes went to beers that i grabbed off the shelf at my local craft beer store, stumbled across at a bar, tried at a brewery. I voted on beers from different styles, one that was outlandishly good considering I’m a desert lover – Bacchus Brewing – Sex,Drugs & Rocky Road, one that i could drink all day – Holgate Brewhouse Pilsner, one from a small local brewer who deserved the vote (yes their beer is great) – Croft Brewing Co Saison Grenade, one that i got to try this years and last years vintage off tap – Mornington Peninsula Imperial Stout and another beer grabbed my vote not because how great it smells & tastes (correct terminology – aroma & flavour) but because some of my non-craft beer drinking mates loved it as well – Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (good conversion beer…because more beers like this the better off it’ll be for craft beer!).
So there you have it….now stop hassling me!
Unfortunately i didn’t get to try all the 1000+ beers listed that you can vote for simply because my money tree died some years back and i need to work (which requires me to be sober), oh and also beers from other states aren’t readily available in my neck of the woods, however my local craft beer store is doing their bit and reaping the rewards, building up their clientele every week. Some Southern beers do make it up here, in keg form but only available at bars in Brisbane’s Craft Beer Bermuda Triangle (Fortitude Valley – Paddington – West End), and as much as I’d like to travel and hour to try these beers, sometimes I’ve got to wait until they come out on DVD.
I’m hoping to see more of the ‘craft beers’ venture out of the triangle into the sticks to other bars and bottle shops as not all us craft beer drinkers live or work in the big smoke. ( more on that later)
Voting finished in a few days then on Australia Day the list is revealed!
Best of luck to all Brewers vying for the top 100, and for those who miss out keep making good beer!
Happy Hot 100, Merry New Year & Vote for Xmas!