A glass of beer. Photo: Karleila Thomsen / Fraser Coast Chronicle 10h538
A glass of beer. Photo: Karleila Thomsen / Fraser Coast Chronicle 10h538 Karleila Thomsen

Beer: Best enjoyed after a game of cricket

INDECISION is quickly becoming the beer lover's biggest hurdle. Today, a visit to even a half-decent bottle shop to "just grab a six-pack" has become an exercise requiring multiple decisions.

Whereas it was once XXXX or something else; nowadays we have to think through our requirements as to style of beer; country of origin; alcohol content; major or craft - the possibilities are endless.

I have always thought of this as the "Chinese Menu Conundrum" - when faced with page after page of closely-typed Chinese dishes, you end up having the same combination chow mein and honey chicken that you always do due to the effort involved in reading and selecting something else.

I mention this because a colleague suggested that a beverage from Cricketers Arms would be worthy of review. I took this suggestion most seriously for two reasons.

Firstly, when it comes to drinking beer, he has long and vast experience and therefore deserves to be listened to; and secondly, it did save a half-hour in my local Chapel of St Daniels wondering what to buy.

There was a minor problem, though - I couldn't remember which particular style of beer was the recommended - the brewery producing a lager, pale ale, IPA and a mid-strength. So it came to pass that Hugh the neighbour and I sat down to enjoy the Keeper's Lager.

It is a pleasant enough beer, with a malty taste and golden colour in the glass, although I found it failed to maintain a head when drunk from chilled glasses.

Hugh rightly pointed out that all the flavour was up front, the act of swallowing signified the end of tasting with the beer exhibiting little aftertaste. The six-pack I had brought over was a little under-chilled, so some time in the freezer actually really improved the flavour.

Cricketers Arms is another craft operation that has been bought by a major, in this case Japanese giant Asahi.

The beers were first brewed with the proposal that they were to be enjoyed after a game of cricket, when stories were being told and the match re-lived.

The best Hugh and I could manage was watching Australia towel up India in the third game of the 50 over series, so it could be argued that conditions were less than perfect. Not a boundary for mine, but certainly a well-run three.

myshout@apn.com.au


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