Best Beer List

Avoca Hotel

Avoca Hotel

115 High St, Avoca, Vic
(03) 5465 3018

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Ian Urquhart
WINEs ON LIST 187 (21 by the glass)

The best beers – around 177 of them from 14 countries – are not necessarily to be found in a four-star Sydney hotel, or micro-brewery in Fremantle, but rather in a Gold Rush era pub in a quiet Western Victorian town.

In some ways, the beer list at the Avoca Hotel plays to a largely wine-drinking audience. This is a wine town, after all, but the comprehensive nature of the beer listing changes all of that. After a brace of popular national and international brews of broad appeal, the list drills down into the intriguing world of craft beer, of IPAs from Japan, wheat ales fermented in oak from Norway, of tart, blood orange goses, farmhouse ales and brews aged in old Bourbon barrels. Read the tasting notes on every brew and consider the multitude of styles, and don’t fight the urge to match a beer to every course off the menu. Perhaps a Lindemans Pecheresse peach beer from Belgium?  You’ve gotta love its tasting note: “Literally like drinking peach Champagne.” It might be followed by a rustic farmhouse ale from California’s Le Merle, or a refreshing golden ale from the Ballarat-based Red Duck Brewery.

A good beer list quenches a thirst, a great beer list drives discovery and feeds the senses. This is great. JENI PORT


Charred Kitchen & Bar

1-5 New St, Orange, NSW
(02) 6363 1580

CUISINE International Share Plates
WINE LIST David Collins
WINEs ON LIST 147 (73 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$9 by the glass)

It was very easy to get excited about this wine and drinks list from the outset with an incredible, almost dizzying, list of beers from pale ale, to stout, to spiced and fruit options to open the list and an almost as impressive list of whisky’s to finish. Not to be outdone however, the extensive wine list has been well crafted, underpinned unapologetically by regional wines from Orange and well supported by a wealth of other Australian wines, both classic and emerging styles. The wine by the glass list is varied, interesting, affordable and approachable, not relying on the usual inclusions. If you are looking further afield, there are plenty of international wines on offer, including a reasonable array of Bordeaux reds which is becoming more and more unusual. A good choice too of some older vintages.

The Source At MONA

655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Tas
(03) 6277 9900

CUISINE Modern Tasmanian
WINE LIST Pip Anderson / Ilo Pilve
WINEs ON LIST1,950 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$$ ($29-$11 by the glass)

Got a minute? You're going to need it, and more, as you work your way through the 1950-strong wine list at The Source. Tasmanian produce is the star here from beers, gins and whiskies through to the stellar sparklings, rieslings, chardonnays and pinot noirs. Moorilla Estate and Domaine A are owned by MONA's David Walsh, and back vintages are especially well-priced. But this is also a list with the bigger picture always in mind, delving into the world of the individual, the iconoclast, the quirky and the classic makers from Australia and all parts of the compass. An epic, exciting tour de force awaits.