SPOILS BEERS IN THE LIME­LIGHT

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

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

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