Top 5 Australian Beers
You might not know it, but Australians aren’t just known for drinking lots of beer, they
also have a fine talent for brewing this liquid gold! If your knowledge of Aussie beer
ends at Fosters, we’ll forgive you, but remember: it’s an export beer. Given the other
options on offer, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an Aussie who drinks Fosters. So when
you’re Down Under, try an Aussie beer or two. If you’re not sure where to start, here are
our top 5 tips for Aussie beers to try.
1) Coopers Pale Ale
You can’t go wrong ordering a Coopers Pale Ale. It’s a refreshingly smooth classic from
one of Australia’s oldest family-owned breweries. Established in 1862, Thomas Cooper
refused to use sugar in his recipe (which was common at the time), and decided to keep
his style of beer pure. Today Coopers beers are still brewed without preservatives or
2) Little Creatures Pale Ale
This pale ale is a fine amber coloured beer with hints of floral and citrus. Brewed in
Western Australia, it’s a surefire winner every time. One reviewer described this beer
as being “like swallowing an alpine meadow in spring”. If you’re not into springtime and
meadows, give it a miss, but if you like a quality beer with a strong aftertaste, you’ll love
Little Creatures Pale Ale.
3) Cascade Premium Lager
This clean, refreshing premium lager is brewed in Tasmania – the “Apple Isle”. The
Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest surviving brewery, with unusual beginnings.
While Peter Degraves was locked up in the old Hobart Gaol for not paying his debts to
England, he drew up the designs for the brewery in 1824. Upon his release, he got to
work. The Cascade logo features the extinct Tasmanian Tiger – a striped carnivorous
4) James Squire Four Wives Pilsner
If Pilsner’s are your thing, then grab yourself a bottle of James Squire Four Wives.
You won’t be disappointed with the floral crispness of this beer. James Squire was a
British convict transported to Australia for stealing. He got to work brewing beer on the
ship over, arriving with the first wave of colonisation. He continued a life of petty crime,
fathering children and brewing beer, and was credited with opening the first commercial
brewery in 1806.
5) Pure Blonde (Carlton)
If you’re watching your carb intake (or want to save it for pizza), don’t worry, there
are options. Try a Pure Blonde! With 70% less carbohydrates than regular beer, you
don’t have to worry about heading to the gym the next day. Just sit back and enjoy this
smooth, light beer. (Pssst if you’re not a huge beer fan, then this is also a good one to
Keep in mind this is just the tip of the ice berg. For beer connoisseurs, Australia also
has a thriving craft beer scene, with some pretty amazing
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