Apparently actress Nicole Kidman is getting married this weekend to Keith Urban, who I gather is a country singer who was born in New Zealand. Now I don’t really follow celebrity news — that’s my wife’s area of expertise — but I thought this tidbit was pretty amusing. It seems the papparazzi has been staking out at Kidman’s harborside Sydney house in anticipation of the couple’s impending nuptials. Around twenty photographers were camped out and presumably will be there until the wedding this weekend. Like most modern big celebrities, her relationship with the media is occasionally tense and strained but apparently this time she decided to try a different tactic in dealing with them. She sent out a case of Victora Bitter and some bottled water along with a note that read simply “Enjoy!” That’s only one beer per person and a potentil fight over the remaining four, but it’s really the thought that counts. And the last thing she probably wanted was a drunk papparazzi singing bad drinking songs outside her house while she was trying to sleep.
Victoria Bitter is brewed by Foster’s and, as I understand it, is far more popular in Australia than Foster’s ever was.
Australia’s favourite full strength beer, Victoria Bitter or VB as it’s fondly known, has a tradition of rewarding hard work and hard play, dating back to the 1890s. Over the last 10 years, it’s been a consistent winner in the esteemed Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA), more recently picking up “Best Full Strength Beer” in 2001, “Tap Beer of the Year” in 2002, and “Best Full Strength Beer” again in 2003.
VB is a full flavoured brew, less malty in character and slightly darker than CUB’s traditional lagers. A gentle fruitiness in the aroma complements the sweet malt on the mid-palate balancing perfectly with a robust, hop bitterness.
Style: full strength bitter lager
(From the Foster’s Group website.)
VB, as it commonly called, has the largest market share of any beer sold in Australia. It’s brewed by Carlton & United Breweries, a subsidiary of the Foster’s Group. Most people who’ve tried it think it’s more of a mainstream lager than a true bitter. But when I was the beer buyer for BevMo we used to get lots and lots of requests for this beer. It is not, however, imported to the U.S. as far as I know.
Who’s thirsty now?