Australia’s beer drinkers have apparently quietly undergone a change of taste.
The traditional Victorian Bitter, Carlton Draught and dare I say, XXXX Bitter, are being slowly replaced with a new batch of craft beers.
What started out as a backyard passion has evolved into a sustainable business, with a new generation of drinkers looking for beers with character and depth, as opposed to the familiar offerings from the mainstream breweries.
Whether it’s a cider made from local granny smith apples, or a rich stout with chocolate and coffee, or a crisp pale ale finished with honey and citrus, the craft beers have something for everyone.
I went along to a beer tasting at Melbourne’s Federation Square to taste the difference.