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Oh dear. I am mullet. It seems I have a bit of a habit of causing trouble on this board! Sorry!Mercs Own said:Mullet says..."It annoys me that yet another new Australian micro beer is taking the novelty route as opposed to concentrating on making some good, solid beer, which is what the industry in this country so desperately needs" Paul says..What annoys me is when a new micro brewery brings out a clone of what is already available many times over. My mission is to engage, educate and push the boundaries of what people percieve beer to be and to encourage and enlighten people to what be beer can be.
I don't really want to start an argument or anything but I probably should elaborate on what I was trying to express in the quote above. What I think of the beer is probably expressed sufficiently in my rating, though I have another bottle lying around so when I drink that I may change my opinion, but don't bet on it. My opinion of the beer is just one opinion, so take it for what it is. What I tend to do on Ratebeer is to look at people's highest-rated beers - if they like beers I like, then I generally trust their opinion. I would suggest people do that with my own ratings to see if I'm worth believing! (Probably not)
Anyway, I'm generally pretty disappointed with the Australian micro scene. There are a number of very good beers, but there is far too much crap and really nothing at a world-class level (though I think Thorogood's ciders might be up there). I hate it when micros bring out a Coopers Pale Ale or Boags Premium clone - what's the point? I also hate it when breweries bring out gimmick beers when they could be making something serious and good. (I think Blue Tongue falls into both categories! :blink Styles I would like to see brewed more here include Schwarzbier, Munich Dunkel, Rauchbier, Kellerbier, Vienna, strong bottle-conditioned Belgians, Alt, Kolsch, Baltic Porter, Barley Wine, Imperial Stout, Berliner Weisse, Biere de Garde, California Common, Imperial IPA, Mild, Saison, IPA with more than 35IBUs and generally anything served on cask (oh how I miss the Brandon ).
In the interest of fairness, I should probably mention some breweries which I feel are doing the right thing (ie. making beers not driven by marketing purposes, and making them well). Mountain Goat, Holgate, Little Creatures, Wig & Pen and Paddys (the example of substance over style hehe). I've probably missed a few. In fact I think the Wig & Pen is the perfect example of what I look for in an Aussie micro - they do a LOT of interesting styles which few other places do, and generally do them very well.
Also, opon re-reading my rating that the first line could be misconstrued as me having a go at Paul or somehow doubting his beery credentials. It was not my intention. I was just trying to express my feeling that most people will think of Strictly Ballroom, not beer, when they think of Paul Mercurio.