Australian Beer

Australian beer is not only Fosters.

While Fosters is selling as Australian beer in many countries, within Australia it is almost unknown and many other beers are heaps more popular. 

Every state has its own breweries.

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New South Wales has Tooheys, St Arnou, KB Lager, James Squire, Hahn and Reschs. Queensland has XXXX (pronounced “Four X”), and Powers. Victoria has VB (Victoria Bitter), Carlton Draught and Melbourne Bitter. Tasmania has Cascade and Boags. South Australia has Coopers, Southwark and West End. Western Australia has Emu Bitter and Swan. Northern Territory has NT Draught. ACT has Zierholz.

With such a variety of beers, ordering a beer in an Australian pub is not all that straightforward. You can’t just go and say, give me a beer.

You have to pick your choice of the brand, then express your wish for the size, and that’s where things get complicated because every state uses different terms for a glass of beer.

In New South Wales, you ask for a schooner (425ml), in Victoria you’ll ask for a pot (285ml), in Tasmania you ask for a 10-ounce (285ml), and in Western Australia you ask for a middy (285ml) or if you’re really thirsty, for a pint (568ml). But if you happen to ask for a stubby in Darwin in Northern Territory, be warned – their famous Longneck is 2000ml big!

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