These days when you hear “Australian beer”, chances are good that Fosters won’t come to mind. Like most Australians, our tastes are relatively diverse, often expanding beyond our borders, and yet we maintain a passion for our local brews.

We’ve compiled a go-to list of some of our favourite Aussie beers that have been inspired by local and international brewing techniques and flavours.

1. Hawkers Pale Ale (5.2% Alc/Vol)
Call us biased, but there’s a reason this is Melbourne’s fastest growing brewery. And while they stick to a modest range of four frothy delights, their Pale Ale is a crowd favourite; quintessentially American, hop forward yet very balanced. One that will appeal to beer- and non-beer drinkers alike.

2. Feral White (4.6% Alc/Vol)
Based on true Belgian style, but every bit of a WA export, this Feral Brewing Co beer is both complex and tame at the same time; cloudy and unfiltered, with a unique spicy citrus finish. Offer this to mates who want to try something different without the fear of going too far out of their comfort zone.

3. Hawthorn Pilsner (4.5% Alc/Vol)
If you haven’t given this one a crack yet, Hawthorns Pilsner will not disappoint, as judged by several of the world’s leading brewery competitions. Mildly bitter with a tropical fruit character, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical holiday. Hawthorn are producing some outstanding beverages that are sure to refresh and bring out your patriotic side this Australia Day.

4. Furphy Refreshing Ale (4.4% Alc/Vol)
We’re not telling any furphies when we say this is on high rotation in the Tipple office. Produced like an old German Kolsch, you’ll enjoy the clean, crisp balance of malt and hops for a refreshing finish. Just as an Aussie beer doesn’t need more slang, this one needs no further introduction than “refreshing ale”.

5. Barrow Boys Stormy Lager (4.7% Alc/Vol)
Inspired by Melbourne’s weather, this lager is crafted to enjoy no matter the season. And while we can’t predict the weather, we predict you’ll enjoy the malty, hoppy, thirst-quenching bitterness either with your bbq or on its own.

We could go on, but these five should give you a red-hot start at combining your passion for the locals with your curiosity of the global beer scene.

Drink responsibly. Drink different.

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Your Guide to Hosting an Adult Sleepover For Your Friends

Who doesn’t feel nostalgic for childhood sometimes?

Childhood was a wonderful responsibility-free time when hanging out was mostly about spending time with your friends. What activity you did wasn’t as important. Well, sleepovers were the epitome of childhood, and as such, hosting one is the easiest way to get transported back into that pre-adult life before responsibilities and bills, careers, and such. But an adult sleepover can have alcohol too, so it’s actually heaps better. Here’s how you make it a great one!

Be careful about who you invite

It’s so so easy to get loose in the invitation phase and invite a few people who might change the mood you’re trying to set for the night. Perhaps your sleepover plans are at the top of your mind when you bump into an acquaintance at a cafe, and before you know it you blurt out “Wanna come?” and immediately wanna kick yourself in the shins.

Remember, you really don’t have to invite everyone, it’s not your 4th grade birthday party. Don’t be mean about it obvi, but it’s fine to only invite your closest friends.

Boring adult sleepover logistics

Make sure you’ve got enough sleeping space/food/booze for everyone invited. If you don’t, ask people to bring their own. We can also pop by with cold drinks if you’re running low!

Consider the mood you want to set

Ask yourself these two questions:
How do I want people to feel during the sleepover?
How do I want them to feel after the sleepover?

Let the answers to these two guide your choices and you’re a long way towards nailing an adult sleepover.

Make it a little magical

Adult sleepovers should feel a little like regressing back to childhood. Check your worries at the door and chill the fuck out. Changing up your place a little can help your friends do this heaps faster. How? Hang those fairy lights that 14-year-old you flipped out over, and drag your mattress into the living room. Cover it in blankets and pillows and make a blanket fort.

Plan some entertainment

Every friend group is different, and we’re not gonna pretend like we know yours. But what we do know is that everyone needs some entertainment. Whether that’s board games, karaoke, drinking games, face masks, dancing, chats, video games, or movies all night – that’s up to you. Just make sure you’ve got ample options available to keep everyone happy.

Plan super easy foods and drinks (and a TON of it!)

No one wants to be in the kitchen when fun’s being had in the living room. Easy does it, so stock up on frozen pizzas, entertainer spring rolls, garlic bread, and all the crisps and chocolate in the known universe.

For drinks, think premixers, wine and beer, or perhaps even a jumbo bowl of punch! Running low on alcohol is the bane of any adult sleepover, so be the Host With the Most and order top ups until 11pm!

No adult sleepover is complete without breakfast mimosas

Your gang awakes in the morning, either smooth skinned and glowy from a night of pampering, or bleary-eyed and headachey from one too many tequila shots, to a MIMOSA BREKKIE! Yep, it’s the best and not very expensive. Your mimosas can even be delivered cold to your door, so you don’t have to worry about fridge space.

Have fun

The best way you can make sure your guests have fun is to have fun yourself, and don’t get too frustrated if plans change or if people chat through the movie. Hey, listen, you’ll knock it out of the park.

Tipple’s New Concierge Service: Drinks Catering Made Easy

Our new drinks catering service offers a curated drinks selection to suit any event and budget. The drinks are delivered cold, and the trash is removed. Step out of the driver’s seat, let us chauffeur your next event!