Friday, May 3, 2013

The Critic’s Choice Top 100 Beers of 2012

Over the past week at The Local we have been tapping the daily countdown for The Critic’s Choice Top 100 Beers of 2012.  These are the top twelve beers in Australia according to The Beer Lovers Guide and that are on tap today.

12.  Mountain Goat Steam Ale
11.  Two Birds Golden Ale
10.  Hargreaves Hill ESB
8.  Kooinda Black IPA – unavailable on tap
9.  Mountain Goat IPA
7.  Little Creatures Pale Ale
6.  Bridge Road Chevalier Saison
5.  Two Birds Sunset Ale
4.  Feral Watermelon Warhead – will be available next week
3.  Holgate Temptress
2.  Stone & Wood Pacific Ale
1.  Feral Hop Hog

It’s great to see such a strong and familiar range of beers making the top twelve for The Critic’s Choice, all deserve their place in this list.  However with so many interesting collaborative batches being made throughout last year, such as Bridge Road x Mikkeller’s Dark Harvest; or the prolific brewing schedules of breweries such as Red Duck, who unearthed intriguing styles such as their Gruiter, it would be great to see a more forward thinking list for next year.

Today we will are also treating everyone with the Feral Tusk, which is about to arrive fresh via cold transport from Western Australia.  This is the first time Feral has brewed their Double IPA since 2006, and it will also be the first time it has ever left the state.  It’s their biggest beer in line with their American style IPAs, fresh hopped and guaranteed quickest delivery from brewery to tap so the hop characteristics don’t have time to taper off.

We will be the only venue in NSW to hit your taste buds with this beast of a brew, so looking forward to seeing you this weekend to enjoy some of Australia’s best beers.

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