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So I'm going to Australia & New Zealand in a few weeks. A recent post asked where they can find Victoria Bitter in the U.S., so I assume it’s decent. Are there any other beers that I should try? Anything I should avoid (assuming Foster’s is the Budweiser of AUS I will refrain). Any breweries we should visit while we're there? Thanks.

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  1. Cooper's makes good beer, I especially like their Vintage Ale.

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    1. re: warrenr

      ditto, ditto and dittto to that. i turned myself on to it at the autrailian pub EIGHT MILE CREEK in nolita in manhattan during the world cup games. really tho coopers are all just ok, but vintage is so much better than the other coopers styles by far.

      i kind of like tooheys too.

      not that i've tried it all, but generally australian beers are like south american beers, not memorable at best. maybe they have a bigger craft tradition there than we know of? good luck & i cant wait to hear about it.

      1. re: mrnyc

        My memory of Coopers (haven't had it lately) is that they're rather unique beers, particularly the Sparkling Ale (ironically, unfiltered), quite yeasty with a unique, estery fruitiness.

        1. re: Jim Dorsch

          the ales, lager, stout? all are rather bland imo. sparkling is if unique nothing much worth seeking out either. if you have your pick go for the vintage.

    2. I was in Australia just over a year a go and two lagers I thoroughly enjoyed were Cascade and James Boag -

      and yes Fosters is the budweiser down under - do not be surprised to be offered where ever you go - just politely decline and ask what they like to drink - everyone has their favorite beer - that is how I found these two lagers -

      1. victoria - vb

        new south wales - i liked toohey's. several to choose from. i recall tohhey's blue being very good. and crowne lager.

        queensland - xxxx ("four x")

        1. Coopers is a good bet. Years ago, there used to be a good "wit style" beer from Western Australia(?) Red Back. I haven't seen it stateside for many a year.

          1. Don't assume that because somebody asked about Vic Bitter that it is a decent beer.