Make your summer a hoppy one with these Australian made summer ales!
Ah, summer, how we’ve missed you… It’s now hot enough to host evening soirees at home, surrounded by good friends and tasty beer or cider. And, as expected, we’re showcasing the best beer in Australia!
Below, you’ll find a list of the 10 best Australian made craft beers and ciders for summer 2022. Full of flavour and brimming with gusto, these summer ales and ciders reveal the beauty of this great southern land.
Minimum spend $100.
Big Drop Brewing Poolside Double IPA
It may be double dry and a bursting IPA, but this guy is totally alcohol free. Yet, despite the lack of alcohol, it’s very much on point with the IPA touch. Big Drop Brewing’s Poolside Double IPA is a double dry-hopped IPA with tropical flavours and a strong hint of mango. Best served poolside, this delicious craft brew is a perfect option for those looking to enjoy a thirst-quenching beer without the next-day hangover. Summer really is ready for it!
Moon Dog Piney Minogue Pineapple Sour
Just outside the confines of Melbourne CBD sits the Moon Dog Brewery, hovering amongst panel-beaters and brothels in the industrial quarter of Abbotsford. This perhaps explains their rugged brews with punchy flavours. For lovers of sweet and sour, you’d be happy to know that their Moon Dog Piney Minogue Pineapple Sour is a full-strength brew loaded with “four metric tonnes of fresh pineapple.” Expect a tarty dance party in your mouth!
Green Beacon Windjammer IPA
According to Beer Cartel, Indian Pale Ales have two distinct characteristics: They are loaded with hoppy flavours and aromatics, and they can be bitterer than your usual brew thanks to the overload of hops. And that is exactly what you can expect from the Green Beacon Windjammer IPA. It’s sizzling with citrus and juices, swimming with grungy bitterness creating a little war between bitter and sweet on your palate.
Nomad Budgy Smuggler Pale Ale
Tight-fitting Budgie Smugglers may be cringe-worthy for many, but the Nomad Budgy Smuggler Pale Ale is anything but! It is created through a collaboration between the Northern Beaches swimwear brand, Budgy Smuggler, and Nomad Brewing, showcasing delicious native Australian flavours to the palate. This beast is bulging with fruit and citrus hops, ending on a crisp and clean finish to make it the perfect summer treat.
Sydney Brewery Cherry Perry Pear Cider
Never had cider before? Well, pop your cherry with the Sydney Brewery Cherry Perry Pear Cider! It tastes exactly as it sounds, showcasing a 100% pear brew while offering touches of cherry juice to match. Pair your cider with good friends and sweet and savoury food like honey soy chicken. Or, as we recommend, a cherry cheesecake! Sydney Brewery’s Pear Cider is a bold drop that is sure to add conversational fuel to your next friendly gathering.
Stone & Wood Counter Culture Bloom Springs New Age IPA
Regular IPAs, as we said before, are made to be an equal fight between bitter and sweet. But some variations swing around. The Stone & Wood Counter Culture Bloom Springs New Age IPA is clearer than your usual IPA. They are brewed to emit a bright glow, reflecting the summer sun, and matched with tropical notes that are balanced with a slightly reserved bitterness. And with it being in a 500mL can, you have no option but to take your time.
Bloke In A Bar Lager
Great session beers are hard to come by. Not everyone wants a beer teeming with complex flavours or one that’s made in a very quirky way. Some of us just want a regular beer that tastes good and isn’t self-centred. Well, please welcome the Bloke In A Bar Lager. It’s crisp on the palate, with the mildest hops, and is best swigged among your best mates. It is also founded by Denan Kemp, a former NRL player, making this beer good company with a game of footy.
Capital Brewing Co Summit Session Ale
Capital Brewing Co is no stranger to great beer, having won plenty of national awards, which includes their Summit Session Ale which came at 93rd on the GABS Hottest 100 List. It’s an extra pale ale with a hazy melon-coloured hue. It is packed with tropical hop flavours and shares a refreshing bitter finish. It’s the kind of beer that you can have almost anywhere, anyhow, but it’s best shared with good mates in a groovy setting. Beach anyone?
Frenchies Brewery Forêt Oak Pilsner
Frenchies Brewery is unapologetically French but geographically Australian. They harness French brewing methods to make beer that tastes as if it came out of France. Frenchies Brewery Forêt Oak Pilsner is an exclusive 4.8% ABV beer that’s brewed solely for BoozeBud. Bringing a French-inspired pilsner, and produced with French Strisselspalt hops grown within a forest of oak trees, this smooth beast will have feeling bon among your best mates.
Mercury Hard Cider Crushed Raspberry
When it comes to cider, apple seems to be the safe option. But you should dare to be different with the Mercury Hard Cider Crushed Raspberry. It pairs juicy apple with ripe raspberry, bringing an alcoholic brew that makes for a great aperitif. It’s blushing with pink colour and rises comfortably to an 8.2% ABV. Expect a subtle amount of sweetness on the palate, balanced with tarty raspberry notes, bringing a lingering clean finish.
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