Swell Golden Ale – Swell Beer Co. (AUS)

When I first encountered ‘Swell Golden Ale‘ on the shelf it had a strangely familiar look and feel to it. The surfer with longboard motif, the black and gold label ….. I though, ‘hang on a minute, is this a Cornish craft beer ….. even the cap looks like a St Piran’s Flag!’

Swell's bottle cap - is this a Cornish flag in disguise?
Swell’s bottle cap – is this a Cornish flag in disguise?

The truth is that this beer was born in South Australia and could well be a Cornish cousin. My third surf-inspired brew in just over a week is another pleasant surprise. It reminded me of the old ‘Newquay Steam’ beer, layered and satisfying, malty with a hint of Cox’s Pippin apples. It sure is swell.

Swell Golden Ale - 'What a swell party this is'
Swell Golden Ale – good enough for Cousin jack

Here’s The Pouges with the celtic anthem, ‘South Australia’

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