Origin – United States of America
Style- Golden Ale
The values behind Cricketers Arms brewery (not to be mixed up with the hotel of the same name in Sydney’s Surry Hills, as the two are in no way connected) couldn’t be more aligned to our goal here at the Craft Beer Co-op, to honour friendship. I’ll even raise my glass to Paul Scott’s vision in 2007 of creating a brewery as a tribute to his dad, who loved nothing more than a game of backyard cricket followed by a beer and conversation with his mates- How Aussie is that? The bitter sting in the tail (or perhaps I’m just jealous?) comes from the sell out to the billion dollar big boys Anheuser-Busch InBev with only 6 years of brewing under their belt. Perhaps that fact kills the vibe a little, but does it change the flavour? One sip should answer that for you! Still brewed to this day by Dermot O’Donnell, the former head brewer at CUB, who interestingly started out a chocolate maker at Rowntrees, it continues to pick up medals at the various beer awards, most recently a silver at the Australian Beer Awards. Clearly many agreed that the Scorcher is still a sizzling drop. Brewed using 3 speciality malts and double hopped with Galaxy and Amarillo, this non-filtered, bottle fermented summer ale is highly drinkable, well balanced and with just a little complexity. It has a faint aroma of citrus, peach, pear and pineapple, with the same flavours slightly more pronounced on the palate. And at less than 5% ABV, you could well retire the 6 and out rule.