Bishop’s Best a drink­able dark lager

Central and North Burnett Times - - EASY EATING - with Si­mon Ir­win For more go to myshout@news­re­gional­me­

HUGH The Neigh­bour is al­ways on the look­out for in­ter­est­ing beers, and over the years he has come up with some crack­ers.

Of course, last week­end’s heat­wave con­di­tions across most of Aus­tralia meant that any­thing that came in a bot­tle and had bub­bles was go­ing to go down pretty well. On re­flec­tion, it would had been a good time to try that Chi­nese Snow beer, which had only tem­per­a­ture to rec­om­mend it.

Any­way, late last Sun­day af­ter­noon HTN pro­duced a six-pack of Bishop’s Best, a dark lager from Matso’s Broome Brew­ing up in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion of Western Aus­tralia.

I was pretty cer­tain I had never tried Bishop’s Best, but there was some­thing a bit fa­mil­iar about it, so I went back through my notes and found I had en­joyed a beer called Smokey Bishop from Matso’s a cou­ple of years ago.

Ap­par­ently, the name of the beer was changed some years ago, but the re­sult is still a drink­able dark lager. Bishop’s Best is a Western Aus­tralian take on a Ger­man-style Dankel, which is a pop­u­lar style of darker coloured but overly dense beer from the Bavar­ian re­gion.

It is im­por­tant to ac­count for this when you are drink­ing it. In Aus­tralia, we tend to equate the darker brews with porters and stouts, and you are not go­ing to get that re­ally thick mouth-feel and creamy burnt tastes from a dark lager.

I tend to suf­fer from ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment when try­ing these beers – think­ing of Asahi Black here – un­til I re­mem­ber this is a dif­fer­ent style of beer that has its own pos­i­tives.

The Bishop’s pours a dark cop­per colour in the glass, and held a rea­son­able head de­spite the un­friendly cli­matic con­di­tions.

You get a choco­latey cof­fee nose and not too bit­ter taste, but do not ex­pect it to be a stout.

It is quite re­fresh­ing on a hot day, and, Hugh, a long-time fan of Toohey’s Old, re­ally en­joyed the taste, as did I.

I be­lieve the beer is now brewed at Gage Road Brew­ing in Fre­man­tle, so it main­tains its West Aus­tralian her­itage, al­beit at the other end of a very large state.

This would also ex­plain the good qual­ity of the Bishop’s Best, com­ing from the home of Lit­tle Dove New World Pale Ale and Break­wa­ter Aus­tralian Pale Ale.

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