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Wednesday
Jun252014

CARLTON DRAUGHT UNPASTEURISED

Carlton Draught Unpasteurised. On a trip to Melbourne I popped into Beer Deluxe at Federation Square after hearing it was a decent craft beer venue.

It wasn’t what I was expecting. The beers on tap were mostly boring Matilda Bay brews and other readily available brews like Stone and Wood Pacific Ale. The place itself is quite sterile and reminded me of bars you see in railway stations in Europe.

After trying a Mashing Brewing and Moo Brew beer I decided it was my duty to investigate ‘Carlton Draught Unpasteurised’.

Inside are three shiny copper tanks emblazoned with the Carlton Draught logo and the words “Fresh and Unpasterised”. Apparently they receive a weekly delivery of the beer, which is pumped direct from Carlton Draught trucks into the copper tanks. Craig Shearer of Beer Deluxe was quoted in Hospitality Magazine as saying “Beer drinkers can now experience flavours of the freshest, smoothest and creamiest tasting beer – a taste that is often only experienced by the brewers themselves."

It looks identical to the usual Carlton Draught - crystal clear, relatively high carbonation and commercial looking. Lo and behold it tastes exactly the same as the regular Carlton Draught. Beery. 

In 2013, Beer Deluxe, Federation Square, changed hands and is now managed by Armada Hospitality Group. They seem to have some kind of agreement with Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) hence the poor choice of beers available on tap. It has changed from an independent venue passionate about craft beer to another commercial venue which cynically attempts to tap into the growing popularity of craft beer.

If you’re near Federation Square cross the road and head to old school pub Young and Jackson’s. It’ll reinstate your faith in a venue with soul and good beer.

 

5/10

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