Know your hops
If you’re tasting floral and spice flavours and you’re getting a distinct orange bouquet from your beer, it’s highly likely Amarillo hops got a look-in during the brewing process.
The distinct flavour of Czech pils and pilsners is largely thanks to Saaz hops. These are not your tropical pine party bouquet, but a more restrained, herbaceous quality without heavy bitterness.
The man behind the brews
Did you know that the Löwenbräu Keller, now known as Munich Brauhaus, has been serving Bavarian fare and tall beers in Sydney for 40 years? In the oftentimes-cutthroat Sydney hospitality scene that’s a near miracle, and Dom Dighton has been there for most of it. Dighton, 50, has been working for the Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) for 25 years, wending his way up from the cellars at Löwenbräu to become the General Manager Urban Beverage Operations, and the hospitality group’s resident beer professor.