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Bitter brew returns 60 years after first keg went on sale

SIXTY years after the first kilderkin, or 17 gallon keg, of Grafton Bitter went on sale and 15 years after the brewery closed its doors the old Clarence brew is on its way back.

Sadly it won't bring back the 42 jobs the Valley lost in 1997 but it may be just the tonic to wash away our current woes.

The beer is being re-made by Melbourne brewers in Brunswick and the boutique Thunder Rd company believe they will be able to deliver kegs anywhere in NSW.

According to the new makers' website it will be "brewed better, brewed longer and have a flavour, body and texture never found in big mass-produced beers."

Although the new beer will not be entering a marketplace where beer shortages were common, like the original beer did, the makers tell us it will be "delivered chilled for peak freshness and a consistently robust Australian character".

The Daily Examiner would like to extend a huge thank-you to Frank Mack from the Clarence Historical Society for opening the museum on his day off to help bring to life this great story from Clarence's past.



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