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BEST OF THE BUSH

OUT & ABOUT

ATTENDEES DRESSED TO THE NINES AT THE CHARLEVILLE RACES

Highlighting what our region has to offer BEAUTY ◆ WELLBEING ◆ FOOD ◆ TRAVEL ◆ SOCIAL SCENE


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INSIDE 5. What’s on in the Paroo Shire 8. Where to stay for your Cunnamulla holiday

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11. What to wear this winter

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CHOOSING LIVING ROOM FLOORING Your flooring needs to be practical.

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he living room is arguably the most used room in your home. As the communal hub for most families, flooring that’s comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and durable is key. When deciding on your living room flooring, consider a few of the following things: Do you have pets? If you have pets, timber flooring and carpet risk scratching and pulling. Consider opting for tiles to ensure the longevity of your living room flooring. You can always soften up the room with a rug and add splashes of warmth and colour with throws, cushions or artwork. Messiness If your family is likely to make a mess, you need to consider flooring that’s easy to clean and maintain. Families with young kids, or who love to entertain, could benefit from choices such as vinyl or engineered timber. Vinyl is becoming an increasingly popular option for living room flooring. Not only does it look good, but it’s almost impossible to stain and is extremely

low-maintenance. Comfort If you want a living room that is all about comfort and cosiness, with space for kids to sit on the floor, consider carpeting to soften up the area. Carpet adds that ‘welcome home’ feel and there is a huge range of carpet types and styles to suit any living room floor. Carpet can be harder to clean, so pick colours carefully. Something lightly patterned or textured will help hide dirt or wear and tear. Traffic If you love to entertain or relax together as a family, there’s bound to be plenty of foot traffic through the living room. In this case, avoid carpet flooring, or opt for low pile carpeting with small textures or patterns to reduce visibility of worn, heavily-trafficked areas. For more tips on choosing the right floor for your home, visit the Andersens website.

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ater is vital for our survival. It’s something we need to sustain us. Why do we pay for our water and what are we paying for? Town water supplies can seem okay, right? But town water is treated with fluoride and chlorine. Let’s explore those chemicals. A simple search of Google evidences that “Fluoride is a toxic substance… in terms of toxicity, fluoride is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. This is why fluoride has long been used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests like rats and insects”. The general population is being asked to drink this! The Medicine Plus Medical Encyclopaedia states that “Chlorine reacts with water in and out of our body to form hydrochloric and hypochlourous acid. Both are extremely poisonous”. It also states that it does kill bacteria. The problem is that the human stomach needs some bacteria to keep us healthy. Many take supplements and/or probiotics, which are a live bacteria to compensate. Bottled water is an alternative, however, another simple Google search states: “Contaminates bottled water may have in it”. Coliform. Coliform is a rod-shaped bacteria, such as E. coli, that are normally present in the human intestine. Arsenic, chloride, iron, manganese, phenols, dissolved solids and zinc. Tank water is an option, but councils advise strongly against

drinking water from this source. Clean fresh rainwater sounds great, but after it has been running over rusty roofing nails, dusty guttering and contaminates on the roof, and in consideration of the heavy lead from older tanks, it is not a really good option. In some places, crop dusting, excess gas from aircraft and disturbed fibres from asbestos roofs can result in real health issues. So the answer to the question we posed at the start of this article, is that we pay to drink healthy water and we pay for it to ensure we have confidence that the water we are drinking is filtered from contaminates mentioned. The team at Filtered Fresh, Darling Downs has options to ensure you are drinking healthy and great-tasting water. We have a wide range of solutions that we have personally trialled and can assure the quality of the product we sell. We are a Darling Downs-based family business, and would love to hear from you to have a chat about your healthy and environmentally friendly options for water. Feel free to call any time on 0406 719 631 (Forrest) or 0429 445 589 (Ben).

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FUN: Immerse yourself in the atmosphere at each event.

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WHAT’S COMING UP IN PAROO Fancy a day trackside? At the polocrosse? A festival outing perhaps? KELLY CHURCHILL

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inter is a busy time of year in the Paroo Shire, especially when it comes to polocrosse and races. So ladies, dust off the felt hat, and gents, break out the sports coats, because it’s going to be a cracker of a season. Start off with the Ladies’ Race Day on June 16 at the Cunnamulla Racecourse. Ladies receive entry for free and all race-goers are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research. That includes the guys. Haven’t you heard that real men wear pink? With a DJ to take you from racetrack to dance floor, plus entertainment and face painting for kids – the whole family is covered. And don’t forget the town of Eulo, just 45 minutes from Cunnamulla. It has polocrosse on July 14–15, which is always a great competition. With a night-time meal, entertainment and live music, Eulo knows how to have a good time. While you’re there

you can also indulge in a warm artesian mud bath. With a glass of wine in hand, it truly is luxury in the Outback. If you prefer gemstones over horseshoes, the Yowah Opal Festival might be more your style. Celebrate Yowah’s famous opals from July 20–22 with stalls, displays and a designer jewellery competition. Another gem in the Paroo events calendar is the annual Cunnamulla Fella Festival on August 24–26. The festival includes a rodeo, live music, breakfast and smokos in the park, sheep shearing, wood chopping and timber slabbing demonstrations, a family variety concert, fireworks and the PBR bull ride. If you want to be involved in the festival, the Cunnamulla Fella Bushman’s Challenge is open to anyone over the age of 18 years, and is made up of bush events including whip cracking, a cross-cut saw race, wool rolling and more. For more information visit www.paroo.qld.gov.au/events.

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‘WET HAIR, DON’T CARE!’ Sleep on it for a more natural look CARMEN MILLER

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e’ve all been there… after a long, hard day at the office, we slump on the couch with an extra-large wine in hand, only to suddenly remember the looming reality that is not only washing our long locks, but blow-drying them out before bed. Thankfully the days of forcing ourselves to endure this unique kind of hell are over – with the experts informing us that we can now adopt the catchphrase “wet hair, don’t care!” Contrary to the advice of our mothers and grandmothers, who believed sleeping with wet hair would cause the ends to become damaged and break, it seems we can now pop in for a quick hair wash and return to our extra-large wine feeling guilt-free and fresh. Recent findings suggest going to bed with wet hair can actually offer some unique benefits. Wave patterns can be enhanced and a more natural and lived-in look is achieved through this process. The heat generated from blow-drying your hair removes its natural oils, so letting it dry naturally is a good decision when it comes to the overall health of your hair. And while this is certainly music to all of our ears, the experts

suggest that hair should, at best, only be damp. Towel drying has its own downsides, so squeezing water out of your hair very gently so it is not dripping, but damp, ensures the best overall results. However if, like many of us, squeezing out the water and hitting the hay with only slightly damp hair still has no effect on it drying out overnight, a quick, high-heat, low-speed blow-dry will do the trick. If all else fails, products are always there to save the day. For frizzy hair that needs controlling, opt for an anti-frizz spray, which leaves your hair smooth, bouncy and manageable and works for hair from fine right through to coarse. If limp hair is your daily battle, a volumising spray will be the answer. This gift to all fine-haired women covers hair strands with polymers which deliver body and volume; unveiling fuller, thicker and deliciously luscious locks. The experts have found going to bed with damp hair actually has some unique benefits.

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OUTBACK OASIS

Things are looking up for this Charleville tourist park, which caters to all the stars ALEXIA AUSTIN

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he owners of the Evening Star Tourist Park in Charleville are putting themselves on the star-map, offering the world to travellers and tourists alike. The park is preparing to launch into the stratosphere with the addition of a new telescope and renovated open air observatory – the Charleville night sky famed for its clarity. The new observation point offers star-gazers uninterrupted, 360 degree views of the night sky away from the glare of street lights. However, a true calling card for the park would have to be its new telescope, a Celestron CPC-1100 which is incidentally the same model Stephen Hawkings used. Local astronomer and star guide at the park Greg Field, owner of the telescope, said the park had launched its star watching program six weeks ago. “The Stephen Hawking fact was definitely a selling point – I

think if it was good enough for him, it’s good enough for me,” Mr Field said. “Charleville has a great night sky, and we get a lot of travellers who want to look at the stars. “So (Craig Alison) and I have started doing star gazing workshops – I try to point out main constellations that they can recognise after leaving.” For those looking to rest after a long day on the road, the park also offers plenty of home comforts. It comes with a fully stocked bar, large spacious parks for campers and a free vegetable patch for those needing some fresh, organic vegetables. Evenings provide a shot of outback culture, with a large campfire and a local musician invited to come play a tune. Contact park owner Craig Alison for bookings on (07) 4654 2430.

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SURE TO BE A ROOM TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS Cunnamulla Cabins has range of options JACINTA CUMMINS

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unnamulla Cabins offers the perfect stop for those on the road out west. From an overnight work stay to a longer family holiday, owner Karen Ticehurst has something to suit everyone’s tastes and wallet from the bush camping experience complete with your own ensuite, to budget rooms, fully self-contained rooms, motel cabins and cottages. The budget rooms include a bed, ensuite and desk, and tea and coffee making facilities with a bar fridge. They are perfect for when you just need somewhere to have a shower and rest your head for the night. The desk gives you the space for a laptop and materials if you need to catch up on work or simply make phone calls and respond to emails. If you can’t function without your morning cup of coffee, you can pop in and see Karen at the Cunnamulla Cabins shop, which re-opened on June 5, for a hot breakfast and coffee or smoko before you hit the road. For those looking for a little more space and self-sufficiency, the motel cabins offer a comfortable queen bed in a studio design including a microwave and toaster as well as a wheelchair accessible bathroom. They also offer a veranda with wicker furniture to relax on and take in the serenity as the sun goes down. Or, if you are part of a group, the fully self-contained cabins have a kitchen with an oven and two bedrooms with space for everyone to unwind. For bigger parties, Cunnamulla Cabins offers short-term stays. The common area features a fire pit with wood provided and an eating area so your group can catch up and relax together. Karen is also converting a caravan into a movie theatre so you can sit back and watch a flick under the starry night sky.

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A FEDERAL BUDGET FOCUSED ON THE REGIONS DAVID LITTLEPROUD MP

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ARANOA MP David Littleproud – who represents 42% of rural Queensland – said growing our bush communities was at the forefront of the Federal Coalition Government’s Budget, delivered this month. “Maranoa is vital to this government’s plan to drive economic growth to secure more jobs and better paying jobs,” Mr Littleproud said. “The $51.3 million for six more agricultural counsellors will grow our agriculture trade by helping producers to seize market access opportunities in global food chains by funding the technical and scientific work to support market access requests. “This will help grow Maranoa farm exports, which means more money for our farmers and in our communities. “Whether it’s Granite Belt horticulture and wine from the South Burnett; kangaroo meat harvested and processed in western Queensland; beef processed in Warwick, grazed on the Channel Country, sold at Australia’s largest cattle-selling centre in Roma; or

Darling Downs grain – trade deals are fantastic news for Maranoa. “Trade agreements can reduce tariffs, but we need market access agreements for each specific commodity before our producers can export their produce there and these agricultural counsellors will work to remove barriers and create export protocol agreements for specific commodities so they can be exported.” Our clean, green image is key to our farming future and Mr Littleproud said the Federal Government was delivering a$121.6 million boost to the biosecurity system. “This biosecurity investment will help keep our farmers safe from exotic pests and diseases and protect their top-quality produce and their livelihoods,” he said. “We’re also investing $51 million into controlling pests and weeds.”

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OUT THE BACK AUSTRALIA TREATS YOU TO BEST OF CUNNAMULLA Publican has turned tour guide to share her wealth of information about the intriguing town her family has been based in for generations JACINTA CUMMINS

ON TOUR: Peieta Mills runs Out The Back Australia Tours. PHOTO: JACINTA CUMMINS

ost publicans can give you a feel for a community over a pot or a glass of wine, but if you want to see what has made Cunnamulla the town it is today, Peieta Mills is your woman. Fourth-generation born and bred in Cunnamulla, Peieta knows most of Cunnamulla’s stories and characters and what she doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. She owns the Club Boutique Hotel, but when drought gripped the town 12 years ago, Peieta decided to share her wealth of knowledge with tourists from behind the wheel of a bus as well as from behind the bar, establishing Out The Back Australia Tours. “There was nothing here and it was the height of the drought, but people wanted to know the history and the stories so I just thought we’d start offering tours,” Peieta said. Her tours run daily from May to September with the official timeslot of 8–10.30am, but Peieta admits she can get a bit carried away and that smoko at the pub afterwards can take a bit longer!

“We offer a three-hour Town and Industry Tour to show people all the different industries that have thrived at one stage or another in the area. We’ve seen sheep, cattle, asparagus, table grapes and cotton at one time or another, but the town relies on tourism now,” she said. Peieta’s tours can take in an irrigated farm which showcases local producers’ innovation when the bottom fell out of the wool market, or see you kayaking along the Warrego River, or introduce you to the native flora and fauna and show you through some of Cunnamulla’s most beautiful gardens. If you want a more relaxed way to while away the afternoon, then settle back in at the bar for ‘whiskey, wine, beer and rum o’clock’ from 2pm when you’ll be treated to a taste of four different beers brewed in honour of Cunnamalla stalwarts and hear the stories behind the names. For more information, go to www.outthebackaustralia.com.

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WINTER SURPRISES

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he 2018 winter season welcomes fashion that makes a dramatic statement and exudes sophistication. Glamorous lace numbers will return this season, but not as you know them. Playful colours and subtle accents of lace will reinvent this traditional trend, striking a balance between a conservative and romantic look. One colour you may not have expected to see take centre stage this season is pink, and not the musky hue either. Bright pinks will feature everywhere, whether that be through clutch bags, skivvies or bold, statement lipsticks. The trench coat will once again make a resurgence. Velvet will be huge this season and seen particularly in the trench coats on offer. Leopard print is another trend that rears its head every few winters or so and 2018 promises this fashion staple in spades. Whether it be your shoes, dress, overcoat or clutch, classic use of the leopard print can take your look up a notch and ensure you turn heads this winter.

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HOSPITALITY APLENTY IN AUGATHELLA JOSEPH BARCLAY

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elcoming, family friendly and hospitable establishments are what make small country towns tick, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a town in Queensland that does it better than Augathella. Augathella, previously known as Ellengowan, is a town steeped in history that dates back over a century, and its recent push to become a tourist hot-spot in western Queensland is one that is gaining momentum thanks largely to the work of the Robinson family. The Robinson family, which has had a long history in western Queensland venues, have continued their heavy involvement in the region’s small business, as they currently own three prominent businesses within the Augathella township, all with enviable reputations that have been garnered over many years of trade. The owner and operator of the Ellangowan Hotel, the Palms Motel and Smiley’s Cafe, Warren Robinson, said the structure of business in Augathella had changed considerably over the past

three decades. “Western Queensland used to survive on pastoral industries,” he said. “Today it has a much greater mix of tourism, in its many forms, with the Grey Nomads contributing to its sustainability.” To further add to the town’s tourism footprint, Mr Robinson said Augathella was actively seeking funding to enhance the experiences the town could offer, with the Q150 Shed and an Interactive Centre high on the agenda. Mr Robinson said Augathella was a great place to live, which included extremely affordable housing, a hospital, a school as well as the usual town amenities. “If you’re looking for a tree change, consider Augathella, you’ll be made welcome,” he said. So, whether you’re looking for a meal and a beer, a coffee or a place to stay, Augathella’s Ellengowan Pub, Smiley’s Cafe and Palms Motel have you covered.

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SPARKLING HONOURS SISTERS OF THE BUSH Riversands Wines launches new wine JACINTA CUMMINS

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ith the colder weather well and truly upon us, sweeter wines like Golden Liqueur Muscat and Black Magic Vintage Port and FGP are the flavours of the season at Riversands Wines in St George. Owner David Blacket said the muscat was a winter favourite that paired well with a dessert or a generous cheese platter. But the big news at Riversands Wines is the launch of its first sparkling wine this month, produced from black muscat grapes. While sweet, it is not as sweet as Riversands’ moscato. “Our sparkling will cater to Australia’s growing taste for sparkling and bubbles; it’s a drier kind of sweet sparkling,” David said. Riversands Wines are named after people who’ve contributed to the community. This wine is no different, with the name Sparkling Sisters honouring the sisters of the bush who support each other and are there for one another, but whose efforts often go unnoticed. David’s sister-in-law, artist and former St George doctor, Rosie Jones, has painted a scene of three women representing bush women for the label. “It’s of the three sisters. It really could be any women in the bush from the nursing sisters to any women who help each other out,” David said. “This remembers the women who keep everything running behind the scenes.” Riversands Wines’ cellar door is open daily and also sells at shows and festivals throughout Queensland. To find out when Riversands Wines will be in your area so you can taste the Sparkling Sisters, follow Riversands Wines on Facebook.

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BEGONIA STATION

Chance to experience cattle station life with an authentic farm stay KAREN BERRY

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The farm stay There is a range of accommodation available. The shearers’ quarters has four double rooms with a communal kitchen; the overseer’s quarters has two double rooms with ensuites; and the ringers’ quarters has three double rooms with toilets and shower facilities close by. Camping and caravan sites are also available. And you can bring your own food or have the kitchen cater for you. Get in touch Begonia Station is located on the Mitchell-St George Rd. You can find out more at www.begoniastation.wordpress.com. Because bookings are essential, call (07) 4625 7576 or email the gordons@activ8.net.au to reserve your special time-out or memorable event.

ecoming more When is a cattle station not just a cattle station? When it becomes the destination of choice for people from far and wide looking for that ‘someplace special’. From March to October each year, Belinda and Bill Gordon open Begonia Station, transforming it into Begonia Station Wholefood Kitchen and Farm Stay. The station This family-run, fully operational cattle station, set on 14,000 acres on the Maranoa River, is just 75km north of St George and 130km southwest of Roma. Besides a core herd of shorthorn cross santa cows, the property also runs steers, breeds stockhorses for use by the family – Belinda and Bill, and kids Abbey, Charlie and William – in campdraft competitions, and has chooks for fresh eggs.

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BEAUTY FOR THE BUSY MUM CARMEN MILLER

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E’VE all been there. After a hectic morning of achieving the near impossible (braiding hair while coercing a seven-year-old into eating their cereal or ironing school uniforms while packing school lunches) you strap the kids into the car, feeling mighty impressed with your efforts, only to catch a glimpse of your haggard and ungroomed self in the rear view mirror – ugh! Juggling the challenges of the breakfast rush hour is no easy feat, let alone when you throw a daily beauty routine into the mix. When you have children, staying on top of your appearance is pushed to the bottom of the priority list; however with a few time-saving tips, you can achieve a beautiful start to each day with minimal effort. Prep the day before A great time-saving tip is to get as much done as possible the

night before. Once you have tucked the kids in, use that quiet time to iron tomorrow’s outfit or wash and blow-dry your hair. Stock up Keep a stash of beauty essentials in your car or handbag. Dry shampoo, lipstick and tinted moisturiser are three staples every mother should have. Look well-rested Invest in a gel eye mask. You know those women who look as though they have had eight hours sleep when you know full-well that is a foreign concept for mothers? Chances are they have stumbled across the gel mask of youth. Exercising these easy tips and tricks will help you to look just as you deserve to every day – absolutely fabulous!

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View the full program at www.backtothebushfestival.com.au. FEATURE EVENTS Official opening, art exhibition opening .............................. Sept 6 Dinner Under the Stars and Theatre Production .................. Sept 6 Collections Tour (private vintage collections) ..................... Sept 7 Gala Ball: Feedlot to Fork, with celebrity chef ................... Sept 7 Tough Bugger Challenge and street parade ......................... Sept 8 FESTIVAL SHOWGROUNDS PRECINCT Huge program of entertainment ............................................Sept 8 Bush Poets Breakfast and Fun Day at village........................Sept 9

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THE IDEAL BURGER The ingredients are simple, but they have to be just right to pull off perfection JOSEPH BARCLAY

here’s nothing quite like the experience of taking your first bite into a delicious burger. That got me thinking: What goes into making the perfect burger? There are a variety of factors that come into play, from the type of meat, the accompanying salads, sauces, buns and what you deem the ideal size to ensure your satisfaction. So in an attempt to determine what I would consider a flawless burger, subjectively of course, I broke down each section of the burger via a ranking system to allow for the most well-rounded analysis. Firstly, the meat. As much as I enjoy a rich pulled pork burger with coleslaw, or a freshly grilled chicken breast accompanied by avocado, I’m still firmly of the belief that red meat is in fact a burger’s supreme star. So now to the ingredients. First comes a nice leaf of iceberg

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MOO BREW PILSNER IS A FINE DROP Tasmanian craft beer has the beef SIMON IRWIN

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any of you will be aware that last month there was an international celebration of all things beef held in Rockhampton. On the eating and drinking front, there were “nose-to-tail” dinners showing the incredible variety of dishes that can be made from all parts of a beast, celebrity chefs from around the world cooking beef, and beer and wine for all seasons. In the spirit of beef discovery, I have searched high and low for a beer to review that has some connection to cattle, which in a rather circuitous way has brought us to this week’s tipple – the Moo Brew Pilsner. The Moo Brew brewery was established in Tasmania in 2005, which in craft brewery terms makes them a bit of a grandparent. They produce seasonal batches as well as a pilsner, a German-style Hefeweizen, a Belgian pale ale, an American pale

ale and an American dark ale. Hugh the neighbour and I sat down to try this on a Sunday afternoon, before tucking into a lovely oxtail stew prepared by Mrs HTN – so the beef experience was certainly working. The beer was in a can and poured a dark golden in the glass with a healthy white head. From the outset you get a nose full of hops, which is far fruitier than you might normally associate with a pilsner. It was quite bitter in the aftertaste, however not enough to be as mouth-puckering as some of the American pale ales, and delivered a sparkling hit to the palate. It certainly has a European taste to it, however Hugh and I agreed it was not easily classified as being like a Heineken or a Stella Artois. A complex beer, it is worth a try – and for the record will cut through the rich taste of a good oxtail.

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