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Beer’s casualties of 2015: Deleted but not forgotten

December 17, 2015
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Carlton & United Breweries has confirmed the axing of several Matilda Bay beers in the inevitable rationalisation of its portfolio under the new Yak-led regime.

So as the year draws to a close, we thought it worth recapping some of the other beers that were deleted in 2015: Some you’ll maybe miss, others you perhaps never knew existed.

Bohemian Pilsner, winner of Champion Lager at the 2005 Australian International Beer Awards, is perhaps the highest profile casualty from the Matilda Bay range.

Matilda Bay

Surplus to requirements: Little Ripper, Redback Mild, Bohemian Pilsner and Big Helga

Big Helga, the Munich-style lager launched in 2010, has also been given the flick, as have Redback Mild (there was a Redback Mild?) and relative newcomer Little Ripper Sparkling Lager.

From the Cascade stable, Bright Ale has been deleted, despite its supposedly promising start: In March 2014, CUB declared Bright Ale its most successful craft draught launch since Fat Yak.

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Gone not forgotten: Cascade Bright Ale, Sun Chaser and Cascade Blonde

Also deleted were Cascade Blonde Ale, and Yatala Sun Chaser Lager, a beer brewed by CUB exclusively for Coles Liquor stores as of mid-2013.

Other beers deleted earlier this year, as covered by us previously:

 

tap-king-varietiesTap King Classic range
XXXX Gold, Tooheys Extra Dry, James Boag’s and Hahn Super Dry are no longer available in Tap King. Consumer behaviour dictated that the format had merit only on special occasions as opposed to being the disruptive everyday proposition that Lion had hoped for. The move upset a few fans of these beers: Australian Brews News was inundated with comments from readers in response to this article. “I am very disappointed that the XXXX Gold has been discontinued and if the only brand in the Tap King is James Squire Beer, then we will be getting rid of the Tap King all together [sic.],” commented ‘Shaine’.

warneSKW 99 Not Out
The beer launched by Moa in partnership with Shane Warne “simply didn’t sell”, the cricketer’s manager James Erskine admitted in October, having evidently just taken a sip of some high ABV truth serum. However, both parties have left the door open for a relaunch.

Mountain Goat IPA Mountain Goat IPA
Goat IPA was likely the highest profile deletion in the world of [then] independent craft, making way as it did for the new Pale Ale in the brewer’s range. “It’s stagnating and it’s just tending to sit around a bit long,” Mountain Goat’s Cam Hines told us in July.

nt_draught_rdax_150x378NT Draught
The ‘Darwin Stubby’ got flicked in May but CUB has suggested it may one day get a re-release as part of its heritage brand program. “It’s become a product people pick up as an item of interest or souvenir rather than being a beer made for general consumption,” a CUB spokesperson said at the time.

Will you be shedding a tear at the loss of any of these products? Have we missed any? We look forward to your comments below.

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9 Responses to Beer’s casualties of 2015: Deleted but not forgotten

  1. Sládek on June 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Bohemian Pilsner was the best Australian Pilsner !! .. I have been drinking Pilsner/Lager for 54 years .. PLEASE bring it back !

  2. Sládek on June 22, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Bohemian Pilsner was the best Australian Pilsner !! .. I have been drinking Pilsner/Lager for 54 years .. PLEASE bring it back !

  3. Jason Arts on January 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Sun chaser lager was a great, easy drinking summer beer. And a nice pic on the inside of the label. If there’s any left, ship them to me! Haha

  4. Adrian Chambers on January 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I thought Tap King was the best thing since sliced bread! I’m very disappointed.

  5. Adrian Chambers on January 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I thought Tap King was the best thing since sliced bread! I’m very disappointed.

  6. Craig Ingram on January 7, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Tap King was a disaster from the start! Lion Nathan promised us it would only be available to independent outlets and I thought that was a great idea. But the day it was released, Coles and Woolworths had full page advertising in papers at below cost pricing so I promptly cancelled my order and have refused to stock it ever since. This is what happens when you don’t support your local independent outlet!

  7. Midnight Mike on December 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I miss none of these, however if Stone and Wood Pacific Ale should follow, then all hell will break loose,,

  8. Matt Reed on December 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    MG IPA is sorely missed.
    Matt

    • Martin Roberts on December 18, 2015 at 11:07 am

      MG IPA is only missed in its 330 ml format. Still available in long necks and on tap

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