Okay, listicles are a bit lame. Rest assured I know this isn’t going to win me a Pulitzer any time soon. That said, if you or a mate are looking for some great beers that are suited to a Sydney summer, then these are a great place to start…
I’ve tried to keep a mix of year round releases and seasonal beers so that if you do decide to seek out some of these you should be able to find them, and maybe even try something that’s only available during the window of summer.
I’ve also kept the selections to local Sydney breweries.
Wayward Sour Puss
I have no idea why I haven’t written about this properly yet. Sour Puss was briefly featured in my top beers for Sydney Craft Beer Week 2015 but I’ve enjoyed it again and again since #SCBW15.
It’s one of my favourite beers coming out of Sydney right now and is guaranteed a place in my personal Top 5 for the Hottest 100 beers this year!
Sour Puss is a raspberry berliner weisse. It’s light, nicely carbonated, slightly tart, fresh, fruity and it tingles the palate. As soon as the temperature reaches above 25, I reach for this beer. It has some big sherbet character and is a real refresher.
Doctor’s Orders Zephyr
It’s Doc’s summer release and it’s perfect for the season. Zephyr is boozy but not overtly burning, slick or challenging. It’s light bodied, floral and has some refreshing carbonation.
As always with Doctor’s Orders, this beer doesn’t conform to an particular style. However, in essence, it’s a beefed up Belgian witbier with a cracking Aussie twist in the form of native lemon myrtle. The wheat base is a characteristic of many great summer beers.
This year it gets released in December, so get your hands on it as soon as you can to taste it at its freshest.
4 Pines Citrus IPA
Earlier in the year I wrote that 4 Pines Citrus IPA is the Aussie summer in a bottle. Thankfully, the North Shore brewers have re-released this fruity IPA in their before, during and after Christmas gift pack.
Resinous character comes through in ideal doses underneath layers of dripping, juicy orange segments and grapefruit. It’s mouth watering.
Batch West Coast IPA
Now part of the their core range (along with the delicious American Pale Ale), Batch West Coast IPA is one hell of a beer. It captures many of the flavours found in the West Coast style.
Although, it has quite a low ABV for the style, I think this makes it perfect for Summer. Calling it sessionable might be a stretch but you could sure knock back a few quite easily.
Those big citrus and piney hop notes and pronounced bitterness make it a beautiful beer for a hot day.
Nomad Long Trip Saison
Drinking beer in summer isn’t all about crushing fruity pale ales and IPAs. Summer is also a time to have family and friends over for Christmas and New Year, for Australia Day, or just because it’s bloody beautiful outside.
If you’re putting on a spread and want a top notch local beer to go with it, Nomad Brewing’s Long Trip Saison is the way to go. It’s a complex mix of yeasty and botanical flavours, with a touch of coffee and a certain sweetness. It would go well with a wide range of food.
Bonus Beers for Summer 2015
A couple of bonus beers worth checking out:
- 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale – a good choice if you’re looking for a tinny that’ll wash down easily and won’t go straight to your head.
- Merchant Three Toe Ale – a pale ale true to the Aussie style. A great alternative to Cooper’s Pale Ale, best drunk in a hot beer garden.
Leave a comment with your perfect beers for summer 2015.