Federal Hotel owner Gavan Chin raises his glass of Fat Yak on International Beer Day. Fat Yak is a beer made in Western Australia.
Federal Hotel owner Gavan Chin raises his glass of Fat Yak on International Beer Day. Fat Yak is a beer made in Western Australia. Robyne Cuerel

Give a crafty brew a try after international beer day

DRY July is officially over so those who appreciate an ale celebrated International Beer Day yesterday with a clear conscience.

The day, held annually, encourages people to try a new specialty or a locally brewed beer.

Federal Hotel owner Gavan Chin said the hotel now had about 14 craft and boutique beers. He encouraged people to try something different next time they chose a beer.

"Have an open mind and enjoy it," he said.

"They are a little bit more expensive but they are worth the money."

Mr Chin, a chef by trade, said the hotel was committed to quality products with fewer additives and preservatives. Many Australian breweries were now making beers that met Germany's stringent standards. "The craft beer scene is really taking off in Australia," he said.

"It's very new to Maryborough."

he hotel had often given away boutique brews to get patrons to try them and reality cooking shows were helping broaden people's minds.

"People are becoming a lot more exposed to different types of foods and different types of drinks," he said.



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