Beheadings by axe for crimes such as stealing a bottle of beer were popular public spectacles as late as the 1900s. Although it will no longer be for sneaking this beer, take a moment to check that there's nothing else happening in a mate’s life that he may be losing, if not his head, sleep over!
Origin – Milton, New South Wales
ABV – 3.7%
Size – 440mL can
Style – Sour Ale
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Yet, if you're eager to meet your maker, the line-up doesn't stop there. A quick Google search reveals a dangerous breed of drinks in some part of the world that could kill you. 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.
Martin's architect father-in-law Andrew Bell applied the painstaking attention to detail that went into returning the heritage-listed pub to its former glory. Just as his son-in-law put in the same level of rigour to ensure your liquid amber, be it consumed in Hotels public bar or your 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.
Serving up precisely what it says on the can, this Lemon, Lime and Why So Bitter sour ale is light and invigorating. Sour and ever so slightly acidic, the most dangerous part is how quickly you'll polish off this 3.5% delight!