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Coopers launches 2019 Vintage Ale

Coopers celebrated the launch of its 2019 Vintage Ale last night, raising a glass at functions in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Drinks Trade tried the new beer – the 19th in the series of Vintage Ales that commenced in 1998 – with Coopers Managing Director and Chief Brewer Dr Tim Cooper at The Arthouse Hotel.

Dr Cooper took guests through a special tasting of the brew, which features Mosaic, an American hop variety that has become one of the favourites of the craft beer world since its release in 2012.

Mosaic has been paired with Cascade hops, which results in apricot, citrus fruits and pine aromas complementing roasted malt, nuts and toffee notes on the palate, enhanced by a clean bitterness and a smooth velvety finish.

Like all Coopers ales, the 2019 Vintage Ale undergoes secondary fermentation and natural conditioning. Coopers 2019 Vintage Ale retains an alcohol level of 7.5% ABV.

Coopers Marketing and Innovation Director Cam Pearce said only a limited quantity of kegs and cartons were available and Vintage Ale lovers should act quickly to ensure supply.

“Seasonal releases of beer have become popular in recent years with the craft movement,” Pearce said. “Coopers has been bringing an annual seasonal release to market for the past 20 years and we are proud to continue this with a greater focus on the seasonal aspect and the origins of the ingredients.”

Coopers 2019 Vintage Ale is priced from around $90 per carton, or around $30 per six pack of 355 ml bottles.