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The Best Beers From Every State, According to You

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Australia’s long love affair with quality beer is as strong as ever? Don’t believe us, pop down to your local pub, or wander the aisles of your local bottleshop. We guarantee you will find endless options for craft beer. Although, with such a rapidly growing industry, there seem to be too many to choose from. Thankfully, the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beer people’s choice poll has been revealed.

The poll comprised 311 breweries, 2,140 different beers, and over 60,000 registered to vote. If that isn’t an indication of craft beer growth, we’re stumped. Even our PM, Anthony Albanese, jumped on board to let everybody know what his favourite drop of the year was. P.S., it’s Willie The Boatman’s Albo Ale.

To help you, we’ve narrowed down the best beers in your state. So the next time you’re thirsty, reach for one of these.

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Best beer in NSW

1- Mountain Culture Status Quo (Blue Mountains)

4- Stone & Wood Brewing Co, Pacific Ale (Byron Bay)

6- Better Beer, Better Beer Zero Carb but the Inspired Unemployed Guys (South Coast of Sydney)

7- Young Henry’s Newtowner (Newtown, Sydney CBD)

15- Mountain Culture, Cult IPA

16- Brookvale Union, Ginger Beer (Northern Beaches)

17- Philter Brewing, Philter XPA (Marrickville)

25- 4 Pines Brewing Co, 4 Pines Pale Ale (Northern Beaches)

27- Hawkes Brewing, Hawkes Patio Pale (Marrickville)

29- Grifter Brewing Co, Pale (Marrickville)

Best beer in VIC

9- Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth Pale Ale (Beechworth Vic)

28- Brick Lane Brewing Co, One Love Pale Ale (Dandenong South)

31- Mountain Goat Beer, GOAT Very Enjoyable Beer (Richmond, Melbourne)

41- CBCo Brewing, Pale Ale (Port Melbourne)

46- Bright Brewery, Alpine Lager (Bright, VIC)

47- KAIJU! Beer, KAIJU! KRUSH (Huntingdale)

50- White Rabbit, White Rabbit Dark Ale (Geelong)

54- Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Gipps St Pale Ale (Collingwood)

60- Dainton Beer, Equalizer (Dandenong)

65- Moon Dog Craft Brewery, Old Mate (Preston, VIC)

Best beers in QLD

2- Balter Brewing Balter XPA (Gold Coast)

5- Your Mates Brewing Co, Larry (Sunshine Coast)

10- Black Hops Brewery, G.O.A.T (Gold Coast)

14- Revel Brewing Co, Strawberries & Cream Sour Ale (Bulimba, Brisbane)

19- Balter Brewing, Hazy IPA

20- Black Hops Brewery, East Coast Hazy

21- Balter Brewing Easy Haze

23- Heads of Noosa Brewing Co, Japanese Style Lager (Sunshine Coast)

35- Blackflag Brewing, Rage Juicy Pale

38- Your Mates Brewing Co, Tilly

Best beers in SA

8-  Coopers Brewery, Original Pale Ale

13- Pirate Life Brewing, South Coast Pale Ale

26- Coopers Brewery, Sparkling Ale

39- Coopers Brewery, Coopers XPA

51- Big Shed Brewing Concern, Boozy Fruit 

74- Coopers Brewing Co, Coopers Pacific Pale Ale

88- Mismatch Brewing Co, Session Ale

93- Coopers Brewery, Best Extra Stout

Best beers in WA

11- Gage Road Brewing Co, Single Fin

18- Beerfarm, Royal Haze

22- Little Creatures, Little Creatures Pale Ale

37- Matso’s Broome Brewery

49- Feral Brewing Co, Biggie Juice

70- Gage Road Brewing Co, Side Track All Day XPA

76- Rocky Ridge Brewing Co, Jindong Juicy 

81- Little Creatures, Pacific Ale

85- Gage Road Brewing Co, Hazy As

89- Little Creatures, Rogers

Best beers in ACT

3- BentSpoke Brewing Co, Crankshaft IPA

12- Capital Brewing Co, Capital XPA

24- BentSpoke Brewing Co, Barley Griffin

33- Heap’s Normal, Quiet XPA

34- Capital Brewing Co, Coast Ale

42- Capital Brewing Co, Hang Loose Juice Blood Orange NEIPA

67- Capital Brewing Co, Trail Pale Ale

80- Capital Brewing Co, Rock Hopper IPA

84- BentSpoke Brewing Co, Sprocket

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Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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