The Hunter Valley is one of the most well known wine districts in Australia. Fortunately for beer lovers, hidden amongst all the Cab Savs and Pinot Gris, is the Bluetongue Brewery. They only have a limited range, but they have developed a respected reputation on the back of their Premium Lager.
There’s not too many aromas to distinguish this beer by, but lagers aren’t generally known for having scents from citrus fruits grown in the Riverina emanating from them in any case. On the tongue it is a fraction watery and low on carbonation, but it’s in the aftertaste that its a real winner. It delivers a well-balanced bitterness to the drinker, full of hops. The aftertaste hangs around too, so the drinker can bask in the glory of a well earned beer for a little longer.
The name ‘premium’ is a bit mis-leading, as this beer will never feature in my top 10. However, it is a very decent lager, and probably one of the better ones on the market. Overall – a good solid lager, and the only one I can think of that’s named after a lizard.
Drunk: from the bottle