SPOILS BEERS IN THE LIMELIGHT
OILS ain’t oils and these days beer ain’t beer. Brewers seem to be locked in a battle to see how they can come up with something different. Carlton Dry Fusion (4.2 per cent), ‘‘ brewed with natural lime and salt’’, is certainly not your run-of-the-mill brew. It has 25 per cent less carbohydrates, so it’s good for you, sort of. It’s a drink perhaps more likely to appeal to women wanting an alternative to wine but it has gone down well with male colleagues, who think it would hit the spot on a hot day. There’s not a lot of subtlety about the lime taste and the Carlton Dry, which is the base, gets swamped. It takes me back to the lager and lime days of my youth. Maybe I’ll have another.
Another new arrival is Lion Nathan’s Barefoot Radler, a lemon and lime-infused lager (also 4.2 per cent). It has its origins in Germany, where radler means cyclist. A publican near Munich apparently came up with the concoction for passing cyclists who wanted a brew that wouldn’t have them falling off their bikes. It’s phenomenally refreshing — it says so on the label — and has also been certified carbon neutral but the hype is a bit much: ‘‘ It’s the perfect drink for enjoying a summer moment with friends . . . it’s about being yourself, feeling the ground under your bare feet.’’ Seems beer’s heading upmarket. Both beers are $13.99 for a six-pack. Barry Oliver