Cam’s Top Five Session Beers for an Anzac Day Australia/New Zealand love in and what to eat with them
We are always happy be sharing this day with our New Zealand mates and figure craft beer is a good way to do it given both us Aussies and youse Aotearoans have been brewing up some pretty special brews for a while now. It’s a good way to toast a long mateship and remember those long gone. No one wants to be a nob on Anzac Day so we reckon session ales are the go. Here’s a line up of a few of my personal favourites from here and across the water and some good eats to go with them.
We are a bit excited that Yeastie Boys are extending their empire of awesomeness to Sydney with this Northern Beaches brewed session IPA. It’s still NZ through and through with a stack of Nelson hops giving it white wine and tropical notes. There’s a little spice in the mix too and at 4.4% it makes for a perfect session ale if you’re settling in for some serious Anzac Day imbibing. Get a bowl of salted macadamias or some wasabi peas and get started.
Those Nelson Sauvin hops keep on shining in this Tuatara beauty. Funky white grape and gooseberry delights are balanced out by some pale malts but there is no mistaking the star of this show. Tuatara Brewing is named for an ancient Aotearoa reptile which seems as good a thing as any to name a brewery for, and they’re based in Wellington where craft beer is pretty much a religion. They are a long time favourite of ours here at Beer Days and we’ll be saying cheers to our NZ mates on Anzac Day with the Sauvinova and a serve of grilled fish and lemon fresh from Sydney fish market.
Garage Project Hapi Daze Pacific Pale Ale 4.6%
Hāpi is the Maori word for hop, and we have here another beautiful example of a Pacific pale ale from our friends across the water. Boy do they do this style well. Brewed with New Zealand barley and Kiwi hops including Motueka, Wai-iti, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin, expect a tropical fruit extravaganza of mango, lychee and pineapple. It’s pretty hoppy all round for a pale ale but not so aggressively that it doesn’t go down a treat time and time again. We’re going to enjoy ours with some spicy fish tacos – Aussie style – and we’ll make a toast to hapi daze as the sun sets on the Pacific. Long may they last.
We dig Young Henry’s take on the classic lager. Unfiltered and super crisp thanks to a great blend of noble Aussie hops, look out for a subtle citrus aroma and a light zing of hops on the palate. Find a sunny spot on the backyard or beer garden and get yourself a big steaming bowl of laksa to go with your lager.
We love the whole vibe of this pale ale – if you could bottle a long day’s surfing on a perfect Burleigh Head break then this is what it would taste like. Floral and citrusy with a decent citrus hop kick and a good dose of zingy carbonation, I’d take this one with a good Indian curry and a tableful of friends.
Happy Anzac Days, friends.