Live from Melbourne Australia, we bring you an Italian beer from Zingarella restaurant. The pizza, I must say was much better than then beer, and the wait staff was mostly young Italians with real accents. Being Italian myself it was kinda like visiting relatives.
As I looked at the label I was intrigued to see that this was actually not an Italian beer, but it is locally brewed in Australia “under the supervision of” Peroni. This is similar to the setup that Budweiser is brewed in Canada, with the difference being Canadians actually improved Budweiser, making it stronger, and better tasting than the American one.
This beer had a terrible head, and bitter, watery flavour. It was really not good. On the plus side, it was not so bad that I had to spit it out.
“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.
“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.”
My visit to Australia has produced many more preservative-free beers than ever before, and I have never had such a great trip down under, as a result. It is so much easier to enjoy the sun and surf when I know that I am not going to have a hangover.
In addition, I must say that having my son with us for the first time, now 8 months old, makes it all the more special.
Ironically, the first beer I had down under was actually this Steinlager from New Zealand. As it turns out, they actually seem to know their beer. Much like in Canada we have a stronger brewing culture than in the US (although they have far more selection I must say), I suspect that New Zealand may have much better beer than Australia. I can see from this one beer that they get it, they just get it!!!
I judge, yes I do, based on this one New Zealand Beer. Since Australia is only starting to get on to the preservative-free bandwagon (preservatives must mean profits in a hot climate…). This one beer has single-handedly won the ANZ beer gold medal!!!
This clean crisp lager is an absolute beauty!! I loved every sip, and felt strong, confident, and dare I say, Canadian, with its 5% strength!!
The head was beautiful, and it had a gorgeous clean and crisp taste. I would question its ability to make it to North America in drinkable condition (think skunky Stella, Heineken and Corona), in its green bottles, but while down Under, feel free to sample this gem.