All I want for Christmas is…a slab

Posted: December 13, 2010 in News
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This week, I was posed an interesting challenge from a reader, PeachesB.

PeachesB asks:
I want to put together a ‘beers of the world’ package as a xmas present for my old man just wondering if you could recommend some? I’m looking at getting him about 24 bottles. I’m not concerned about price as long as they are good quality, also they don’t necessarily need to be international beers either as he has expressed interest in trying some boutique Australians beers. He has no preference for style of beer either.

I have put together the following list of recommendations for the festive season. This is by no means a definitive list, they are just beers I really enjoy. I’ve also specifically chosen beers I know that can be bought in Australia. Many of them I have reviewed on this site already, a few I haven’t. You might also notice that the majority of them are ales. This is just a personal preference. Oh, and one other thing is that this list is not ranked. They are just beers I scribbled down as they came to mind.

Well, enough of my jibbering, here is my list for the:
 Ultimate Christmas Slab

1) Little Creatures Pale Ale
2) Stone & Wood Pale Lager 
3) Crackenback Pale Ale
4) Barons Black Wattle Original Ale
5) Mountain Goat – Hightail Ale
6) Boags Strong Arm
7) Samuel Adams
8 ) Big Head
9) St Arnou Pilsener
10) Grand Ridge Brewery – Natural Blonde
11) Vale/Ale
12) Hop Rocker
13) Three Sheets
14) Kozel Premium
15) Stiegl Bier
16) Gage Roads IPA
17) Fat Yak Pale Ale
18) Weihenstephaner Pilsener
19) James Squire Golden Ale
20) Red Emperor Amber Ale
21) Feral White
22) Wicked Elf Pale Ale
23) Knappstein Reserve Lager
24) John Smith Extra Smooth

Hope this helps, PeachesB!

Readers, what would your Ultimate Christmas Slab look like? Leave me a comment telling me your 24 must-haves.

Mason Hell-Cat.

  1. H.A. Chamberlain Esq. says:

    Great suggestions there, although I must admit my festive slab will just be 24 of the Stone & Wood PL. 😀

    I’ll have to give that Wicked Elf another spin, it was way too much for me first tasting a few years back.

    Good shout on the Vale Ale too, I doubt I’d splurge for a case of it though!


  2. I’d be happy to find that slab under the christmas tree. Although I think you have stayed on the paler side of things.

    How about some darker ales? 2 brother’s James Brown was the best beer I tasted this year, but I think you’d struggle to find it anymore but their Growler is a good substituate.

    Or the White Rabbit Dark ale. Although I prefer a darker brew for Pilsener’s I would have to say leaving out the Red Angus is an oversight.

    But what to take out to fit these in? such a hard choice.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Hi Leon,

      Thanks for stopping by!
      I’ve definitely stayed on the paler side of things. It’s just a personal preference and particularly for this time of year I much prefer a pale ale.

      But I do like your suggestions and could see them easily joining the pack!



  3. Radio Snivins says:

    As a fellow whose only real knowledge of beer is which end it goes in I agree with Bargé comments below. It’s a fine list, Hellakazoo. My only concern, and it’s a triflingly piffling concern, is that they their names all have that rusticy, grown in a barn in Medieval Europe connotation to them. Not that there’s anything wrong with that connotation, it’s a good connotation, but too much of it can lead to beer jade and before you know it you’re slurping Beujolais, talking tannins, and buying nose polish in ten kilo tubs. Lob on the list the equivalent of a Laser Lager, an eStout, perhaps even a Large Hadron Collider Bitter and I think you’ll have hit the pineapple on the head. Nine out of ten.


  4. BargeDave says:

    Good list, I’d take out some of the lagers/pisleners and add in Coopers Vintage, Coopers Sparkling, Squires IPA and the Punk IPA. And I’d probably replace the John Smith with the Adnams from last week, although I haven’t found this to sample yet.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Thanks BD – some good suggestions for inclusion. I’m still not overly convinced with the Punk IPA…perhaps I’ll revisit it some day.


      • BargeDave says:

        Thank YOU Mase for introducing me to that brutally bitter gem of a beer! Merry Christmas and thanks for another great year of beer reviews and obscure Late Show references. Champagne blogging!


      • Radio Snivins says:

        I find myself in agreement with Bargé once more. It has been another year of great Hellakazoo reviews, and I missed a handful of them during my jot of awol. So, in conclusion, kudos to you Hellakazoo. Ten out of ten.


      • Have to agree with you on the Punk IPA – I know everyone raves about it, but I wasn’t that impressed.


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