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Austrailia MapAustralians wouldn’t give a Castlemaine XXXX for anything else” - Yet again the advertising lies! Turns out Australians don’t drink a lot of Fosters or Castlemaine, preferring instead to ship most of it out the country! 

The truth is that quality Australian beer thrived for hundreds of years, benefitting along the way from an anti-drunkenness policy in the 1800s promoting beer as a lower abv alternative to rum.  That said most Australian breweries are now owned by the megacorps with the glorious exception of Cooper’s who we always stock as our little way of adding support to the little guy.  In addition though we do get craft Australian beer in from Little Creatures, James Boag and Matilda Bay from time to time – watch this space...

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Australian beers are typically light and refreshing to combat the hot weather, with lager (often Pilsners) being the most popular style. Although at first glance lager seems to be all-encompassing down under, this isn't quite the case. A growing number of breweries brew a Pale Ale and even a Stout as part of their standard range, and with around 100 microbreweries now in operation across the country, Australian craft beer is certainly on the up! From Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout to Feral Watermelon Warhead Berliner Weisse, the possibilities are endless...

New/Old - Some breweries, such as Tooheys, use 'new' to refer to lager and 'old' to refer to ale . Bottom-fermented lager was introduced to the country later than top-fermented ale, and so to distinguish between beers brewed using these different techniques, they became known as 'new' and 'old'.

Bitter - Unlike in Britain, in Australia 'Bitter' is likely to refer to a lager made with bittering hops and pale malt, rather than an ale - an example of this is the ubiquitous Victoria Bitter.

Beer Hawk Ltd is rated 4.75 stars by Reviews.co.uk based on 1655 merchant reviews

4.75 / 5 Rating
1655 Reviews
Only had one order delivered so difficult to comment, delivery was on time although printing off and placing this in place where case was to be left appeared a complete waste of time as it was left on doorstep despite my instruction to leave behind side gate!, where I left the printed document!! Beers ordered very good, with good selection on offer., may use again but can get good offers in local area so we will see.
Excellent service with rapid and safe delivery. Great selection of beer from around the world. I definitely would recommend Beer Hawk to anyone who is tired of flavourless mainstream beer!
Although previously I been happy with the Service at Beerhawk, at the time of writing this review I have paid for the beer, been promised delivery twice, been told it has been delivered twice, found that the beer has been sent to an address in Reading (over 200 miles from where I live), been promised numerous phone calls to keep me upto date with the situation but yet again I will be ringing the company myself to find out when I can expect my beer