I was just in some Thai bars and found a whole bunch of Aussie and Kiwi craft beers that seemed to have pretty high rating counts (in the few hundreds) but which I’d never heard of. Seems to mean we have a lot of users down under. Is this a new development due to campaigning or did 2pac start a choppen fucken wood movement?
Also beer was pretty good, at least handful I tried. Some good IPAs.
What breweries were they? I would guess it is breweries that export all over Asia / Europe, as the only way any NZ beer is getting 100s of ratings is through exports, and there are several NZ breweries who do that. I can only think of a few who have exported to the USA, hence why you might not have heard of them.
Both of those are exported all over Australia, Asia and have recently been popping up in Europe too. I know Behemoth sent one container to the US a year or so ago, but I don’t think it led to anything widespread.
AB Inbev have sold their CUB Australian Brewing operations to Asahi for debt reduction, maybe that’s had something to do with it. Think includes craft beer brands like PirateLife and 4 Pines who were bought up by AB Inbev, also Mountain Goat is Asahi owned, Feral by Coca Cola, so maybe they are looking at exporting more. Fourpure brewery in London was also bought by Lion (Australian based, Kirin-owned) expanding overseas. Need to rate their Hahn gluten free gem when back in Sydney: https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/hahn-ultra-crisp/714409/
As I understand it the AB InBev sale of CUB to Asahi has yet to go through - some board and regulatory hoops go jump through. CUB has also just bought Balter - who’ve been very successful very quickly. I don’t think anybody is even slightly surprised.