It is that time again beer drinkers.
Every January every Australian makes sure that they get around to a few of the following things. They are, in no particular order, watch cricket, get cool, find beer, line up an Australia Day BBQ, get ice to keep beer and self cool and vote in a couple of top 100’s. Yes that’s right Australia Day Top 100’s are not only the realm of Triple J but also the Top 100 Craft Beers of the Year. Supported by the Crafty Pint and Australian Brews News this competition was designed to see what people are drinking and enjoying, not what is selling the most. Don’t expect to see Carlton Draught, Boags or VB on the list but you will find offerings from Coopers, James Squire and Matilda Bay on the list, much to the chagrin of some people.
The list is always hugely contentious as it tends to divide people as to whether a beer gets to the top through superior marketing or because people enjoy it. I can understand why people think this way but at the end of the day I doubt there are many beers in the top 10 that the majority of beer loving people would say are not excellent examples of beer and marketing. The top 15 for 2010 is as follows
1 McLaren Vale Ale
2 Little Creatures Pale Ale
3 Stone & Wood Draught/Pacific Ale
4 Feral Hop Hog
5 Kooinda Pale Ale
6 Matilda Bay Fat Yak
7 White Rabbit Dark Ale
8 James Squire Golden Ale
9 McLaren Vale Dry
10 Hawthorn Pale Ale
11 Little Creatures Bright Ale
12 Coopers Pale Ale
=13 Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter
=13 Mountain Goat Hightail Ale
15 Murray’s Icon 2IPA
For my two cents I see a lot of really popular standard craft beers that everyone would be happy to go to. Sure Mclaren Vale Beer Company have a dynamic marketing team, at the Great Australian Beer Festival they were among the most lively and fun stands, they had push up competitions, which seemed excessive to me, but other people got into it. Not only that, they are not in the habit of producing mega swill, sure the Vale Dry sucks and shouldn’t have made no. 9 but the Vale Ale, the IPA and the DRK (dark ale) are all good quality beers. The rest of the top 15 however you can make a case for, people might question JS Golden Ale and while it is not the most complex beer it is a good one for a 37 degree day when you don’t want to suck on a hop heavy IPA or an imperial stout which will have you swearing you were drinking tar. Coopers Pale Ale would also get some complaints I imagine but for a brewery which for so long has been the only bastion against a surging tide of mega swill and as a result has gained a loyal following which will not be shaken.
So either way I think that this is a great idea, plus it allows me to see what I should be drinking that I might be missing.
If interested in some of the voting patterns from around Australia and the world check out these graphics, apparently there are 4 different types of voters as well. Check out the article here
So to round this post off I thought I would leave you with what I thought should make the top 5, because you only get to choose 5 beers.
1) Feral Brewing’s Karma Citra
2) Holgate Brewing Temptress
3) Murray’s Whale Ale
4) Brew Boy’s Seeing Double
5) Stone & Wood Pacific Ale
So don’t forget to vote at Brews News this is probably as close a beer gets to democracy to revel in it my friends.
Also recently while procrastinating about a post I found this other great beer blog that you should check out, http://tipples.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/hottest-100-beers/ He has just covered the top 100 beers and I like his choices
Till next time beer drinkers and voters