I know it probably feels like a lost-in-the-sauce idea, inviting more competition into the American craft beer market, but I’d like to offer Australia’s Feral Brewing Co. diplomatic immunity. Your beer is pure ambrosia, so the rules do not apply to you. Please come join our North American kegger (we just ask that you leave your giant sand worms at home).
Because my life is so posh, I was in Sydney late last year, stumbling around the Circular Quay port in Sydney Harbor. I happened about a tiny liquor store that was not unlike the Chinatown antique shop in Gremlins. Inside, I explored shelves and coolers housing exotic elixirs and strange brews that might as well have been Mogwai to me. I randomly picked up Feral Brewing’s Hop Hog — an American-style IPA and an amazing craft beer that I quickly decided should be throned. According to Food & Beverage, it recently was.
Perth’s Feral Brewing is Australia’s best craft brewery, according to a survey of over 6,500 craft beer drinkers by craft beer retailer, Beer Cartel.
In taking the top spot, Feral beat national craft beer brands, including James Squire, Little Creatures and Matilda Bay (all of which are owned by large multi-national companies).
Fuck yes you did, Feral Brewing. It’s one of the many reasons why a wholesaler should be calling on Feral Brewing Co. right now to start distributing this sweet Aussie brew juice to thirsty Americans. I get that Perth is probably geographically the hardest place to get to on earth, but maybe an American operation could contract brew this beautiful brand lineup. Because let’s stop fooling ourselves: Aussies do not drink Foster’s (it’s actually brewed in Manchester, England, and Texas, suckers). Both badass and actually from the Outback, Feral Brewing is truly Australian for beer.