Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Checkered Drinking

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Checkered Drinking

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The regular bottleshop browser will no doubt be aware of the constant flow of new beers onto the shelves.

For Hugh the Neighbour and I, this presents a dilemma. If we attempt to try everything that is released by companies both foreign and domestic, the challenge becomes remembering which was which and which were worth bringing to the attention of you, the reader.

This week, we thought we would try something different - three different beers from the one company.

Panhead Custom Ales is a New Zealand company that started making beer in 2013 in an old Dunlop tyre factory, which probably accounts for the homage paid to motor racing in the names of many of their beers. HTN and I settled in to try the Quickchange Xtra Pale Ale, the Super Charger American Pale Ale, and a New Zealand pale ale, the Vandal, named after a notorious NZ hot rod.

The 4.6 per cent Quickchange XPA is a fruity concoction redolent with notes of passionfruit, guava and just about any other fruit you can think of - too sweet, too thin a head, too many different hops. …

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