Nothing pairs better with freshly cut grass than beer. So next time you shut off your Victor grab a neighbour and enjoy this cracking cold craft together over a convo.
Origin – Milton, New South Wales
ABV – 6.0%
Size – 375mL can
Style – IPA
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Fortunately, other than murdering the thirst, none of the crafts from Dangerous Ale makes that list. Instead, their classification comes from how dangerously enjoyable they are! Founded by local lad Damien Martin, the brewery was the jewel in the crown of the 2019 restoration of the historic Commercial Hotel, which has stood on Milton's main street since 1870. Though, while it was Martin's architect father-in-law Andrew Bell who applied the painstaking attention to detail that went into returning the heritage-listed pub to its former glory, it is his own hands that daily exercise the same level of rigour to ensure your liquid amber, be it consumed in Hotels public bar or your own backyard, fits the same fastidious standard.
Growing up as a chef and having worked stints at Quay in Sydney and Bannisters in Milton's neighbouring township of Mollymook, it was a spell at a winery in Western Australia where Martin found a love for fermenting. A love you can now find flowing from Dangerous Ales' eight taps or in any of their canned range, including this their latest release. With the hops as the star, the Aussie IPA is a craft full of punchy flavours and moreish bitterness. Utilising Australian grown Galaxy and Eclipse, the all Aussie ale is super bright with intense sweet mandarin, zesty citrus and fresh pine.
Finishing extremely clean and at 6 per cent ABV, the most dangerous part is how quickly you'll polish off a four-pack!