Today’s beer was going to be Thomas Coopers’ Selection, Celebration Ale, tasted in the beer garden of the Hotel Brunswick in Brunswick Heads. But, as the case with draught Coopers ales, when you reach the bottom of the barrel, things can get a bit yeasty, and the ale came out looking like a sample from the Ganges. There’s nothing wrong with it of course, you just have to eat it with a knife and fork and keep chewing until the schooner is finished.
It wouldn’t be fair to review a beer in such condition so this evening I tried a Coopers Sparking Ale, the first one I’ve had for a while. This used to a favourite of mine but at 5.8%, it’s bit too much for more than a couple of bottles. Nevertheless, this is a great beer.
‘Cloudy But Fine” was the old advertising slogan, alluding to the sediment that is integral part of the ale’s character. There’s plenty of hops and malt with a nice bitter finish. You can taste the extra alcohol too. This a beer to be respected, a world class brew.
From their Sparkle In The Rain Album, here’s Simple Minds’ Waterfront (see what I did there?)