We wouldn’t be-here if it wasn’t for the Beer.
Fine dining and the international chef scene are more commonly associated with boutique wines, with reference to vineyard’s, varietals and sophistication. Well the last decade has brought the Australian beer scene hurtling into the limelight with a dedicated crew of professionals far and wide brewing some of the best beer in the world.
Restaurants now pay as much attention to their beer lists and food pairing as they once did with wine.
Every year the Beer cartel announce their Top Ten Australian beers we have below shed our own opinion on the finest Australian Beer around,
Here is a list of the Best Australian beers for 2019
- Balter IIPA (Imperial IPA)
- Bent Spoke Cluster 8 (Imperial IPA)
- Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (Pale Ale)
- Modus Operandi Former Tenant (Red IPA)
- Nail Clout Stout (Imperial Stout)
- Boatrocker Ramjet* (2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016) (Imperial Stout)
- Balter XPA (Pale Ale)
- BentSpoke Crankshaft (IPA)
- Young Henry’s Newtowner (Pale Ale)
- Feral Tusk Imperial (IPA)
1. Balter IPA (Imperial IPA)
Backed by some of Australia finest surfers Balters XPA has been likened to frolicking naked through a spring forest. We are not entirely sure what’s meant by that but we do know we want that experience.
Classic Australian Beer of the modern world, delicious and then some.
2. Bent Spoke Cluster 8 (Imperial IPA)
Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic and centennial hops all brewed together to essentially smack your taste buds out of the park. Big, Bold, Heaps of Hops.
3. Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (Pale Ale)
People often refer to Byron as being paved with Gold, with reference to the celebrities and kazillionaire Airbnb hosts that frequent the once hippie town. However, we believe the reference lies in relation to our personal favourite Australian beer.
Stone and Wood’s Pacific Ale. Tropical Gold, fruity, hoppy, pineapple-ly goodness.
Nothing will raise your eyebrows quite like a Pacific Ale on a summer day.
4. Modus Operandi Former Tenant (Red IPA)
‘The allure of this cult classic rests in the decadent blend of hops and malt combining the sweetest beer symphony your buds could ask for’
A highly awarded brew this Red IPA is a must for any Australian beer enthusiast.
5. Nail Clout Stout (Imperial Stout)
W.A.’s Nail Brewing bring to the Top 10 Australian beer ‘s a Russian Imperial Stout that’s bold, rich, velvety and smooth texture.
Sold in a beautiful bottle its remarkable on both the pallet and the eye.
6. Boatrocker Ramjet* (2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016) (Imperial Stout)
Aged in freshly emptied whisky barrels from ‘Boatrockers’ friends at Starward Whisky Distillery in Port Melbourne, Ramjet 2019 is a big beer with great malt complexity.
7. Balter XPA (Pale Ale)
Balters most known and supped beverage, the XPA may be extra pale but lacks nothing in the world of flavour.
Tropical, floral, fruity… To gain the full experience be sure to visit the brewery out in Currumbin.
8. BentSpoke Crankshaft (IPA)
Along with Balter, the fine crew down at Bentspoke share the bragging rights for two entrants into the Top Ten Australian beers for 2019.
“A great beer for lovers of big, full flavoured brews – It Cranks”
Highest Ranking IPA 2 years in a row.
9. Young Henry’s Newtowner (Pale Ale)
Young Henry’s Flagship tipple. Named after its place of birth the Newtowner catapulted Young henrys into the Australian beer scene a number of years back and has held steady again this year making the top 10.
Those from Newtown, referred to as Newtowners can be patriotic in knowing what a fine brew the boys are slinging beneath the city’s bright lights
10. Feral Tusk Imperial (IPA)
Feral, common in Australia’s best beers lists through and through yet again sneak into the top 10 with the Feral Tusk IPA.
“First brewed 9 years ago this double IPA uses a metric s*%$-tonne (scientific unit of measurement) of hops, leaving you with aggressive bitterness and high hop aromatics of mango, citrus and grapefruit then finishing drier than most rocks.” (Quoted by Feral themselves)
Brewed out of the ethos that fresh is best. This beer is released in small batch twice a year, kegged off, delivered to venue and drunk all in the same day in WA.