Let me begin by saying I enjoy beer. This isn’t exactly a necessary thing to start with, it’s kind of assumed, seeing as I work with Jack and the guys in reviewing beer for this website, but when thinking about how to start a review of my top 3 beers my first thought was “I like beer”, and here we are.
I’ll admit, I’m more a fan of lagers, pilsners, pale ales and IPA’s than the darker beers, (mostly because I like my beers to compliment and sooth me on the way down, not hurl obscenities at me and hate me) but hopefully you’ll see that and think, “wow, I like the same beers as this “Beau” fella, lets read this goddamn list and see what he recommends!”
Asahi Super Dry
Everyone’s (or just mine, i haven’t asked) favourite Japanese beer Asahi makes it to number 3 for its sheer ingenuity. Not only is this a fine international lager, it’s properly delicious, full-tasting and relentless. Part of it’s sheer beauty is the fact that in comes in regular 330mL bottle, 500 mL can and incredible 2L can (the latter of which is a whopping 7.9 standard drinks). Asahi’s warm aftertaste means it’s an easy beer to smash down for pre’s or enjoy after a long day at work.
Young Henry’s Newtowner
Ohmygod, I cannot go on about this beer enough. What a goddamn thirst quencher. This is definitely the kind of beer you can easily drink a litre of before a 21st (Rob can confirm, not that I’d encourage it). This beer is almost TOO smooth. If you’re a fan of beer with both a golden complexion and taste, this is the beer for you. In fact, even if you’re not, I’d say this is the beer for you. Basically what I’m trying to say is that this is the beer for everyone, and it’s truly a masterpiece.
Number one for me is an old favourite (for me at least), Coopers 62. Normally, I am not a fan of Coopers’ beers, but this one holds a special place in my heart. This crisp, clean pilsner is as beautiful in the bottle as it is in your mouth. The bottle has a small label on the neck, and “62” engraved (engraved? embossed? I’m not too sure) in the glass on the side. This is the kind of beer that you pour into a cold glass on an even colder day and look over the lake next to your holiday and have a nice whole chicken for $5 from woolies.
I should also mention this is the kind of beer you drink straight from the bottle on a scorching hot afternoon (or morning, I’m not here to judge) to cool you down. Not that pricey, and absolutely smooth all the way down, this is a beer to take home to your parents.
Special shoutout to
Lobethal Bierhaus Bohemian Philsner (Not a typo, they put “Philsner” on the bottle - who is Phil? We may never know).
Trumer Pils, an initially rough taste that grows on you super hard
and Gippsland Gold, a champion among beers.
thoughts & feelings - extended edition
This is where we at Sydney On Tap post all the things that couldn't fit into the paragraphs on each bar page, or the comments under each beer.