Okay so here’s some good news – First Choice Liquor has opened up an outlet in North Wollongong.
Now, that might not be a big deal for those who live in Melbourne where even McDonald’s serves craft beer (note to the stupid: McDonald’s does not actually do this. I am merely exaggerating to make the point that good beer is easy to find in Melbourne. It might not even be a big deal up the road in Sydney where good beer bars and bottle shops are growing.
But it is a big deal in my neck of the woods, where there are only two, maybe three, good bottle shops. And it’s a big deal for me because, up until now, the only First Choice Liquor store was in Shellharbour – a half-hour drive away.
See, First Choice stocks some stuff that no-one else in Wollongong has. For instance, it’s the only place you can buy a bottle of Prickly Moses, or anything from Hawthorn Brewing. As you can see from the above photo, they also stock Feral White – another beer I’ve not seen anywhere else in town (well, not since Feral took back the brewing of the beer and started making it themselves).
I visited there on the opening day (yeah, I was stupidly keen) and they even had the new Little Creatures Single Batch Mr Obadiah. I’ve not seen that anywhere else in town. Not even in Dan Murphy’s.
I also picked up some double-fermented pilsner thing called Cobra King – which sounds like it’s an Indian beer but is actually from Britain (and owned by Molson Coors) – and some Old Time Lager brewed in Melbourne. Again, both are beers I’ve not sighted in Wollongong before.
Given that the outlet is along one of two routes I take home from work, I can totally see myself stopping in quite regularly to see if there’s anything new. Much like I already do with the Dan Murphy’s near home.