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Are you really drinking Australian this Anzac Day?

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When you reach for a beer this Anzac day, give a thought to whom your beer is supporting – is it really Australian or New Zealand owned and brewed, or from somewhere else?

Consider the two major Australian breweries are now foreign owned; Lion Nathan brewer of Tooheys, XXXX, Hahn and James Boags is owned by Japanese Kirin Holdings Company Limited, while Fosters brewer of Carlton, Cascade and Crown  is 5.9 per cent owned by American Molson Coors, with a number of other foreign owned businesses also having a share in the business.

As a result why would you have a beer produced by one of the major Australian breweries when there are many 100% owned and operated micro-breweries throughout Australia? Thankfully there are a couple of fine pubs that have ridgy didge Aussie and Kiwi craft beers on tap this Anzac day to make the task a little easier.

The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst, Sydney and St Kilda, Melbourne has the ANZAC SpecTAPular Beerfest. It’s set to stir up trans-Tasman rivalry, showcasing the crème de la crème of New Zealand craft beer, head to head with some sensational Aussie craft brews. The Taphouse has sourced 10 highly reputable beers from New Zealand’s best craft brewers, none of which have been served on tap in Australia before. They will also have a range of brews from some of Australia’s best brewers.

The Harts Pub in the Rocks, will be the only pub in Sydney to serve 100% Aussie owned beers, with 12 Australian craft beers on tap. They will have the Limited Release – Diggers Salute Ale from Rocks Brewing on tap as well as a game of Two Up from 11am.

So feed your taste buds this Anzac day and make sure you go in true Australian (or New Zealand) style!

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