The Sydney Drinking Scene

February 8, 2010

As a palate cleanser between beer reviews, check out the Aussie Beer 101 page (click on the link in this post or up there at the top of this page) for a beautiful description of drinking in Sydney. Nothing changes…


Alles klar?

August 9, 2009


Some of you might have noticed a button at the top of this page marked Aussie Beer 101. Clicking on it (or on the link in the previous sentence) takes you to an area where I try to explain the basics of Aussie beer and its culture. It’s a work in progress, and subject to revision.

On a recent visit to Coffs Harbour I found an excellent source of information on Aussie glass sizes, which you’ll find reproduced at said page. Go educate yourself.

Warka Warka

January 30, 2009
Fozzie probably doesnt realise that this gesture is offensive to non-Americans

Fozzie probably doesn't realise that this gesture is offensive to non-Americans

In the comments on my Kent Brewery post, Megan (of Burwood) asked me to keep my eye out for Warka Strong, a Polish beer she was fond of but having trouble finding in Sydney. Well, I took my first trip to 1st Choice Liquor on Willoughby Road, Naremburn yesterday (on the 273 bus route), and amongst the fine selection of local and imported bottles… there it was.

I bought a bottle ($4.something) to see what Megan might like about it and I was pleasantly surprised. Most Polish beers I’ve tried before have been dull lagers or dull strong lagers. This is strong¬† (7%, about 2.6 standard drinks in a 500ml bottle) but not dull at all, with a vaguely Belgian witbier taste. Heavy on the banana aroma too which means that it’s safe from Louise. I’d drink it again.

It looks like 1st Choice have a new branch at 158 Liverpool Road in Ashfield, which my sources tell me is quite near Burwood.¬† With any luck they’ll have Warka there too! I love a happy ending.