Swan Draft

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“Swan has been a local icon in West Australia for more than 150 years. The Brewery was first established in 1857, and has since grown from a family-owned business to a West Australian institution – producing up to 100 million litres of beer annually.”

As you may have read in one of my earlier entries, it wasn’t until 2009 that Lion Nathan Brewing made a commitment to producing natural beer, by making some (yes, SOME) of their beers free of artificial preservatives or additives.

Since I am a frequent visitor to WA, and have had the displeasure of drinking Swan Lager with a polite smile… (I lie, I am never polite)…. this news was huge to me, and in 2010 I finally got the chance to try the re-incarnation of this legendary Australian Beer.

Just to see the tag “No Preservatives” on the label made me blush with pride.  As the nation catches on , the words are seen on more labels everywhere.  Will it catch on?  Is it just a fad?  Probably.  We will see, but I hope the people get educated and start to choose healthier beer, and better yet, demand that their brewers stop producing un-natural beer (or as I call it, “piss”).

This turned out to be a solid session beer.  I tried it while down south in Dunsborough, in South West Australia.  I liked that it came in a big bottle, I always like that.  The weather and scenery was absolutely beautiful and I went for a walk with my wife and 8 month old son.

It is fly season though.  If you know what fly season is like in south-west Australia, then you may know I was probably not in the best mood when I rated this beer.  Luckily our pram has a net, so my son did not get eaten.


The head on this beer wasn’t very good, and it has a very mild aroma.   It has a drying mouthfeel and slight bitter aftertaste.  This is a good mild beer that will appeal to everybody.

It’s mild citrus taste is clean and crisp and refreshing and is a great beer to drink all day when it is warm.

Impressive session beer, and one of maybe ten pf beers in Australia.

this one lost marks for having poor head and very little body, but is otherwise very drinkable and refreshing.

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“Swan Draught uses barley sourced exclusively from West Australia’s world renowned growing fields to produce a golden coloured lager with a smooth malty flavour. Tasmanian grown hops provide the bitterness to make this a well balanced, smooth and easy drinking draught beer.”


Tree Brewing Company Limited Edition Raspberry Porter

Tree brewing has given us some very good beers, including last year’s LagerBlogger award winning Cutthroat Pale Ale.

My absolute hatred for flavoured beers is being tested again with this nice limited edition porter.

There is a feeling you get when you open a big beer. It feels somehow more special knowing you get twice as much beer in your bottle.

This porter looks rich and dark, and has a smooth and moderately intense taste of chocolate and raspberry.

If you have ever snuck a chocolate from your wife’s box of chocolates… You know the kind with the fruity stuff in it… It’s a little like that. Only it’s beer.

The taste is mild enough in intensity (4/5) to not be overwhelming, which would appeal to more people, and the beer actually tastes really good.

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Rickards White

Richards White
This beer has a foggy amber colour with a good head and an intense floral aroma.

The taste is very sweet and floral, with just a bit of  a honey taste, and a sugary aftertaste.

The truth is, there are a lot of nicer wheat beers out there… but is a nice change if you want something sweet.


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