About Australian Beer

About Australian Beer
Although Australia accounts for only 1% of the total worldwide beer production, beer is an important beverage in the country. While most of the beer is made by a few large corporate breweries, brewpubs and microbrews have been in existence since the mid-1980s crafting top quality versions of bitter lager, India Pale Ales and pale lagers, to name only a few. Wine is a bit of a quandary when one speaks of Australia. Here is a country that ranks sixth in the world as far as total production, yet it so too often associated these days with inexpensive, mass-produced wines.

This is understandable, given that a few huge corporations produce a great majority of the country's wine, with much of its destined for supermarkets in the USA and England. But this reputation is a true shame, as there are so many excellent wine regions that are home to some magnificent producers.

Shiraz is the country's signature wine; not only is it Australia's most widely planted variety, it is also the wine with the greatest reputation. Especially in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, there are explosive versions of this wine that can age for many years. Other notable reds from Australia are the Rhone blends with varying percentages of Grenache and Mourvedre added to Shiraz.

Certain areas such as Western Australia are ideal for cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Probably the best white wines are Semillon from Hunter Valley and especially Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valleys. These Rieslings, thought quite different from those produced in Germany, are equally brilliant and are most assuredly world-class.

Per capita consumption has decreased by 30% since the late 1970s, but it has remained at a consistent level for the past few years.

Top Picks for Australia

Sobah Finger Lime Cerveza
93 points
Best Buy
Malty and hoppy refreshing beverage that tastes like beer
Awards: 2022 Best Non Alcoholic Beer
93 points $13.50 Best Buy
Burleigh Brewing Co. Japan Black Beer
93 points
An unabashedly complex black lager with an easy drinking appeal.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Black Beer
Burleigh Brewing Co. Hassle Hop Session IPA
92 points
A solid session IPA, resinous and lingering with flavor seeping into every nook and cranny.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Japan Black Black Lager
89 points
Rich and toasty and full flavored but medium-to-easy drinking on the palate; a fall crusher of a beer.
Sobah Lemon Aspen Pilsner
89 points
Best Buy
Roasted malt and structured hop profile for the NA drinker looking for an option that has some crafty brewery nuance.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Burleigh Brewing Co. Hef German Style Wheat Beer
88 points
Fruity and a bit sweet but it grows on you and pulls you in with each additional sip.
Sobah Pepperberry IPA
88 points
Best Buy
Refreshing sipper that should pair exceptionally well with ball park nachos
88 points $13.50 Best Buy
Burleigh Brewing Co. Bighead No-Carb Reduced Calorie Lager
87 points
A light, savory lager in the easiest-drinking style.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Reduced Calorie Lager
Burleigh Brewing Co. Fifteen Dusseldorf Dunkel Smoked Beer
86 points
A bold and smoky beer that will be a solid winter warmer.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Smoked Beer
Burleigh Brewing Co. OFD Dark Lager
84 points
A carefree dark lager for pub grub.