Top time to try out new brew
IF you like something a little bit fancy and you don't mind paying a few extra bucks for it, then the Yamanto Tavern is the place to be this weekend.
The tavern is celebrating the release of the Critics' Choice 100 best beers by putting some of the top 10 on tap.
Mainstream beers will make way for the likes of Stone and Wood Pacific Ale and Little Creatures Pale Ale in the festival of amber fluid they've coined Turning off the Mains.
While not all of the top 10 was available in keg form, bar manager Peter Coultas said all of the beers would be available in stubbies, except for Little Creatures Big Dipper, which was a seasonally available beer.
The three-day celebration began yesterday afternoon.
"I've had heaps of phone calls from beer connoisseurs who are geared up for a big one," Mr Coultas said.
After taking an early mark from work yesterday, pub regulars Shane Carter, Rohan Harper and Craig Morrow were convinced to try something different from the norm.
Although not regular craft beer drinkers, the trio liked the Feral Hop Hog IPA, the Stone and Wood Pacific Ale and the Little Creatures Pale Ale.
"I usually drink Toohey's Extra Dry so this Hop Hog certainly has a different taste," Mr Carter said.
"It's not too bad at all."
10 Good ones
Feral Hop Hog India Pale Ale
Stone and Wood Pacific Ale
Little Creatures Pale Ale
Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter
Bridge Rd Brewers, Chevalier Saison
Little Creatures Big Dipper
Matilda Bay Alpha Pale Ale
Knappstein Reserve Lager
Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale