Australian representative Tong Master, International Beer Awards host, Radio Brews News Executive Producer, and now Editor-in-Chief of The Critics’ Choice: Australia’s Best Beer….is there anything Pete Mitcham can’t do?
The 2012 edition is about to be released and will once again be the definitive guide to Australia’s best beers of last year, as voted by the nation’s leading beer personages.
The method of calculating the best beers is simple, transparent and easy to follow: Thirty-seven leading brewers, beer retailers and beer writers vote on their favourite 25 beers from last year. Each critic’s number one vote gets 25 points, their number 25 gets one point. The votes are tallied, the winners are announced. Clean, easy and no correspondence will be entered into.
Interestingly, there are 56 new beers in this year’s top 100. I am intrigued to see what they are.
This year you will also be able to try the top 12 as they are unveiled. The participating venues listed below will be tapping the top 12 as they are unveiled, so you can watch the daily announcement here on Brews News, starting next Monday (22 April), and then head on down to try them and see for yourself whether they deserve a spot.
Countdown Dates – Monday April 22nd to Friday May 3rd
- Odyssey Tavern and Brewery – Mount Duneed
- The Fox Hotel – Collingwood
- Young and Jacksons – City
- The Park Hotel – Werribee
- Penny Blue – City
- The Local Taphouse – St Kilda
- The Pumphouse – Darling Harbour
- The Australian Heritage Hotel – The Rocks
- The Union Hotel – Newtown
- The Northern – Byron Bay
- The Local Taphouse – Darlo
- The Wheatsheaf – Thebarton
- The Royal Oak – North Adelaide
- Archive Beer Boutique – Westend
- Pig N Whistle – Riverside
- The Queens – Highgate
THE CRITICS’ CHOICE: AUSTRALIA’S BEST BEERS
On 3rd May 2013, The Critic’s Choice – Australia’s Best Beers will make a welcome return for its third year and once again contain a comprehensive guide to the freshest, most interesting and praise-worthy beers from across the nation.
Compiled by a panel of the country’s most respected brewers, beer writers, retailers and venue operators, The Critics’ Choice details a consensus of their top ranked beers from 1 to 100 that were brewed in Australia and available in 2012.
Alongside each ranked beer are details on the style and brewery, tasting notes, suggestions on food pairing and a guide on serving glass and temperature. In addition, the 2013 edition contains a guide to dark beers within Australia, exploring trends and styles associated with this category.
Showcasing the best that Australian brewers have to offer and chosen by the nation’s most respected beer experts, The Critics’ Choice is the perfect guidebook for either the newcomer to the world of beer or passionate ale connoisseur.
Available from: 3rd May 2013 from bookstores, venues, online and liquor stores