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Shouting the bar

January 8, 2011
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CUB is giving a free VB to every eligible person in the country (who buys the right newspaper and cuts out the coupon) to celebrate Australia’s recent performance on the cricket field. Or to celebrate that that the English are leaving with the little urn still safely stored in the overhead compartment. Or that the Barmy Army are bunking out. Or something. Either way — free beer!

If you could buy the nation a beer, what would it be?

So here is something for you to ponder as you front the bottle-o, proudly waving your coupon and joining the queue of like-minded souls snaking out into the car park:- if you had the power and reach of CUB and could offer every Australian of legal drinking age a beer OF YOUR CHOICE, what would it be?

Now, before you engage brain and activate an answer that may merely reflect your own favourite brew, consider the following: You have a once in a lifetime opportunity to expose the entire adult population of this wide brown land to a beer that they may never even have heard of. They may love it or loathe it. They may become an instant convert to your recommendation or they might just swear off beer for life after drinking it. A grave responsibility. Think carefully.

What would your justification be? What factors would you consider paramount? What beer will give the Beer World – and by that I mean the Craft Beer World, of course – the best return on investment? What beer best encapsulates your love of the Amber Nectar? What beer would you most like to give others the chance to sample?

Do you stick to something simple, plain and ‘entry level’ just to get the ball rolling? Do you give them all something a bit more challenging and hope they continue the journey under their own steam? Or do you completely freak them all out with a malt-driven or hop-blasting specialty brew so foreign to them all that they run squealing and sobbing back to their mainstream mistresses, leaving all the Craft Beer for you and those who truly believe? Your call.

The only limitations placed on this offer are that the beer must be in bottled form, readily available and Australian. Forget about the particular brewery’s ability to actually in real life produce or deliver the quantity required, it’s not that fair dinkum a project.

But remember that your choice may just change the face of the Beer World in this country. Forever. That’s a really long time. We may not even have won back The Ashes by then.

Let us know in the comments what beer you would buy the nation if the shout was your choice? One commenter will win a pair of Chimay chalice glasses (Australia only).

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10 Responses to Shouting the bar

  1. Simon on January 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    A beer to introduce people to craft beer and get them hooked? I say show them what a lager is supposed to taste like. Something like the Barossa Brewing Co. Millers Lager, Lobethal Bierhaus Pilsner or Hunter Valley Brewing Co. Kolsch (yeah, yeah not a lager).

    Give ‘em something they know (but better) to start with, get ‘em addicted then start the introduction to bigger, bolder styles.

  2. Joshua Hardie on January 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

    How about Jamieson Beast 2IPA…
    Well if they don’t want it, Ill have their bottle

  3. Aaron on January 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Given it’s a CUB promotion I am going to pick from their
    stable. I say go with the Matilda Bay Alpha Pale Ale. A beer that
    has become increasingly difficult to track down since the release
    of the much less adventurous Fat Yak. Maybe it would remind CUB
    they already had a good pale ale and we will see it in more
    venues.

  4. steve J on January 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I’m kicking myself as if I’d thought of it sooner, I would
    have allowed people to redeem their VB tokens for a regular size
    glass of better beer in the Taphouses.. It could have attracted a
    bit of press too for good beer!

  5. Graham on January 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I think we should shove it in people’s faces … Murray’s Icon 2IPA!

  6. joecast73 on January 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Seven Sheds Elephants Trunk. Complex, approachable strong dark Belgian ale. A crash course in craft beer from Tassie.

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  8. Frozen Summers on January 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, everyone seems to love it

    • Editor on January 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Good call! And using an Australian hop to boot.

    • prof pilsner on January 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

      I have already committed to paper my expected top three picks. Will be interested to see how many come up with the same — and for the same reasons.



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