There’s been plenty of articles written about the furore created by the label of Brookvale Union’s Ginger Beer, so there’s no need to go into much detail about that here. The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Brews News and even the good folk at Food Magazine have it all covered. Long story short, Brookvale Union (aka 4 Pines) have absorbed the feedback of the worldwide Hindu community and swiftly undertaken to change the offending label. No sooner that news was out, I bolted up to the local bottlo and snaffled a bottle. Whilst I doubt that a stubbie of Brookvale Union Ginger Beer (Label 1) will ever command the same price as an unopened stubbie of Lion Nathan’s ill-fated Duff Beer – it is definitely a collector’s item and there’s still a few out there. Be quick.
By the way, it is a pretty good drop. Whether off the tap or out of the bottle, this is a refreshing ginger beer. It’s become my daughter’s tipple of choice when we visit the 4 Pines at Manly together. It’s a summer special and I imagine will remain a permanent fixture on the 4 Pines tap rack.