By James Wells
Coopers chairman Glenn Cooper has declared his company’s new 2014 Extra Strong Vintage Ale as “one of the best beers” he has ever tasted.
The 2014 Vintage is the 14th released in the product line since its launch in 1998 and continues the hop-driven characteristics of previous vintages by utilising four separate hop varieties – two American (Bravo and Cascade) and two Australian (Galaxy and Ella).
Glenn Cooper made the comments about the quality of the latest release during the launch of the Vintage Ale at the Steyne Hotel in Manly on Sydney’s northern beaches last week. [continues below]
“I know I could be biased, but this year’s 2014 Vintage Ale is one of the best beers I have ever tasted,” he told TheShout.
“I know that could be seen as an overstatement, but even with a high bitterness with IBUs over 30, it still has very well balanced flavours. It is definitely the best Vintage Ale we have created. Even though Pale Ale is a sentimental favourite of mine, if you are enjoying a couple of important bottles this one’s very special,” Cooper said.
Cooper recently announced his retirement from the company, but he will remain as non-executive chairman with the business, while handing over the role of sales and marketing director to Cam Pearce. [continues below]
Glenn Cooper addresses the trade at the 2014 Extra Strong Vintage Ale launch
“Limited production and strong demand in the market saw last year’s run of Vintage go quickly,” Pearce said.
“We encourage Vintage lovers everywhere to stock up early so they don’t miss out.
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale was first released in 1998, with further vintages in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The 2014 Vintage Ale is priced from around $80 per carton, or around $25 per six pack of 355 ml bottles.