TRY SAY­ING THIS AF­TER 6 BEERS

Warwick Daily News - - Weekend - MY SHOUT WORDS: SI­MON IR­WIN More at myshout@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

Some years ago when Hugh the neigh­bour and I started try­ing a dif­fer­ent beer ev­ery week­end, we started by find­ing some­thing we couldn’t pro­nounce and buy­ing a six-pack. Over time, this mor­phed into dif­fer­ent craft beers, dif­fer­ent styles of beer and many coun­tries.

Last week­end, we went back to where it be­gan with a Czech lager that is dif­fi­cult to pro­nounce but re­mark­ably easy to drink.

Velkopopovicky Kozel Pre­mium beer is a re­ally easy drink­ing lager at 4.8 per cent al­co­hol.

It pours a golden colour in the glass, has a quite malty nose and holds a quite gen­er­ous head to the last mouth­ful.

It has a medium bit­ter­ness and kicks along on the back palate, how­ever the star fea­ture is that you get a re­ally sparkling sen­sa­tion.

I did fall for one trap for young play­ers though. Think­ing I had had Kolsche be­fore and Pils and Pilsen and Radler and Weiss­bier and nu­mer­ous other styles, how­ever I had never tried a style called Kozel.

I found Kozel was Czech for goat, the em­blem of Pivo­var Velke Popovice brew­ery (a sub­sidiary of Asahi) rather than some­thing to look for from other brew­ers.

Lan­guage bar­ri­ers not­with­stand­ing, this is a very pleas­ant beer that is rea­son­ably priced and worth try­ing if you are look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent over Easter.

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