US Masters 2012: The Aussie six pack

Here is a thirst-quenching look at the six Australians teeing it up at the 2012 US Masters.
Six Aussies take to Augusta National this week, hoping to become the first to ever win the green jacket. But with every man, his swing coach and his caddie offering up their thoughts on how each of them will go, we’ve decided to take a different look at the pack of six Australians in a language many of us can relate to.

Adam Scott is commonly agreed to be the best looking bottle in the pack, with some suggesting the best in the carton. Easy to differentiate from the others since moving to the successful long neck bottle a few years ago, Scott proved a big hit among the Aussies at the 2011 US Masters but still left drinkers with a bitter after taste. There are high expectations for a smoother finish this year.
Geoff Ogilvy is tried and true at winning big awards both at home and internationally. In particular in 2006, which was the last time an Aussie brew won a major award. While Ogilvy hasn’t been seen in many esky’s over the summer, it has become a popular hair-of-the-dog option since last Movember. Some loyal drinkers think a resurgence from the frothy Ogilvy is not far away, with many having hops this week.
The alcohol free Aaron Baddeley was expected to mature into a fine ale after it surged onto the market winning lofty Australian awards in its infancy. A shaky 2012 has some wondering if this brew has been lightstruck but here is a drink that thrives on consumer confidence. A good start on Thursday could turn this cold-filtered brew into a full-bodied stout on Sunday.

Jason Day is another non-alcoholic brew which still somehow manages to get a lot of Aussies quite drunk at clubs all over the country. Day was hugely popular on Australian palates during 2011 and it remains to be seen if any hangover remains. A worrying bottling issue regarding the legs of this lager has become apparent this week which may see drinkers favour a different batch for the weekend.
John Senden has only appeared on tap twice at the US Masters. On both occasions the keg ran dry and wasn’t available to patrons over the weekend. Senden though has the most consistent flavour of the pack with beer connoisseurs devouring it in droves this year. While not nearly as popular or well-known as the Day or Scott lager, Senden would make a good case to share over the long weekend.

Bryden Macpherson is a little different from the rest of the bunch. Brewed in Melbourne, MacPherson is still an amateur ale and makes an appearance in the Augusta esky courtesy of winning the best new brew at the British Amateur Championship last year. The first Australian to do so since 1954. Still very much fermenting in the bottle, the MacPherson is largely an unknown taste but it has been suggested it may be more like a Coopers Vintage and may get better if you put(t) it down for a few years.

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