The first comment on this post, thanks Mike, raised the name "Fosters" to explain;
For many years Fosters was the flagship for Carlton and United Breweries, of late
they have chosen to promote different beers from their range, but Fosters is my
choice of beer when in Victoria, which is fairly often.
An Ode To A Beer Drinker.
Here in Oz, we are known as Beer drinkers, probably our climate suits a long cold
beer better than say; Scotch, Vodka, Brandy, Gin etc, and most of us have never
really got into the cocktail thing, Margarita’s and the like.
We have had an interesting history where alcohol is concerned, (and in lots of
other ways too) starting out with Rum as the drink of choice way back in
This was very likely a carry over from the fact that Rum was the sea-farers
choice, and our colonists, (free men and women or otherwise) all faced months
at sea in sailing ships before arriving here.
Rum became a trading and payment commodity, and was used by the ruling
class to keep their inferiors in line.
Because the ruling class held such tight rein over the Rum supplies, the ever
ingenious working class soon turned to brewing Beer as an alternative.
As was the case everywhere at this time, horses either for riding or for
drawing the carriages or walking, (known here as shanks’ pony) were the
only method of getting around, and as it was a dry dusty place, little
“bush shanties” or “watering holes” began to spring up everywhere the
Our history of “gold rushes” also helped to popularize the hotel or “pub”
during the height of a gold rush each little settlement would have more
hotels than our major cities while the gold lasted, being little more than
shanties (shacks) these would just be deserted when no longer profitable.
Gradually as the towns became established so the pubs would appear, small
towns could only boast one pub, while as their size increased, so too did the
number of pubs.
Meanwhile the cities developed, and each new development, (suburb)
spawned its own pubs and regular clientele.
In the time that we might laughingly refer to as modern times, our pubs
went through a long period wherein they had to cease trading and close
up at 6 PM each day and not reopen until 10 AM next day,
(no trading on Sundays.)
This era, known as the swill, was my introduction to beer
drinking, we had a system that said, if you joined a “school” of your mates
for a drink, each member must buy a “round” of drinks for the “school”
This system worked fine, unless you had called into the pub for a beer
with your mates after work and were there at closing time, then it was
not unusual to have 4 or five beers lined up as they started the “time
gentlemen” chorus, then started the “swill” to get them down in the
next 10 minutes.
This wonderful 6 PM closing stayed with us until the late 1950s, all
throughout that time, and for quite a while afterwards, women were
not permitted to enter these sacred portals, there were “ladies
lounges” for their use, strangely though women were permitted to
serve behind the bar.
Fortunately our laws and our drinking habits have both improved over
the last 30/40 years, we now have an excellent range of locally grown
and produced wines, both red and white, and if we are dining out these
are a popular choice,
Having said that, the popular choice is still a cold beer if we are at the
other Australian institutions, a “barbie” (bar-b que) or at a sporting
As with most other things we are fiercely loyal to our own states beer
and only tolerate other brews under protest.
Here in Queensland we also have a Rum distillery, Bundaberg, which
has won our loyalty too, not so the distillery, they saw fit to sell out to an
overseas company a few years ago, thus far they appear to have got away
with this travesty, no doubt helped to some extent by an excellent series
of TV ads featuring “Bundy Bear” who is, of all things, a polar bear!!!!
Hope you enjoyed that brief glimpse of the real
and don’t forget, it’s your shout.
The presidents of
an international beer conference.
They decide to all go to lunch together and the waitress asks what they
want to drink.
The president of Tooheys says without hesitation "I'll have a Tooheys New."
The President of Cascade smiles and says "I'll have a Cascade Draught,
brewed from pure mountain water!"
The bloke from XXXX glances at his lunch mates and says, "I'll have a
The others look at him like he has sprouted a new head. He just shrugs
and says, "Well if you blokes aren't drinking beer, then neither will I."
They say there are only two states to be in, Pissed and