Bot­toms Up

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy - with Antony Ste­wart

The Drink: James Boags Pure Tas­ma­nian Larger Al­co­hol per­cent­age:

4.5 per cent From:

Aus­tralia Avail­able: Most bot­tle shops

Price: $ 19.80 for a six pack THERE’S just some­thing about James Boags that screams class.

Ob­vi­ously angling for the more re­fined beer drinker’s mar­ket, they con­tinue the trend with Pure, which is eye catch­ing on the bot­tle shop shelf, to say the least.

The sparkling green bot­tles are en­cased in a smart white, but sub­tle, card­board carry case that gets your hopes up for some­thing quite spe­cial when you crack the lid.

Un­for­tu­nately, for me, that didn’t hap­pen.

While the strong, full-bod­ied flavour wasn’t of­fen­sive to the pal­ette, it didn’t pro­vide the heav­enly sun beam and harp sounds I has ex­pected from some­thing that looked like it came from the hand of God.

Don’t get me wrong, it was still a fine brew.

If you were to present it as your of­fer­ing at a bar­beque you would no doubt be a hit.

But for the ex­tra few dol­lars it costs to pull off the slightly classier look, it’s not worth it.

For me, I’ll stick to my mid­dle-class­look­ing, ever-re­li­able re­fresh­ments of year’s past.

The ver­dict: Not so much heav­enly,

more ho hum.

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