Scharer’s Lager makes a comeback

The rebirthed Scharer’s Bavarian Lager

The original Scharer’s Bavarian Lager, created in the 1980s by Australian brewing pioneer Geoff Scharer, has been brought back to life.

Sydney pub groups Momento Hospitality and W Short Hotel Group have collaborated to bring back the beer that helped paved the way for many of Australia’s modern brewpubs.

Long beforehis passing in 2012, Geoff Scharer dreamed of opening his very own brewery and providing Sydney with a great new beer. In 1981 he achieved this by opening Scharer’s Little Brewery at the King George IV Inn in Picton, south of Sydney.

“The beer has been brewed at a variety of contract breweries over the years, but with up and down quality and supply W Short Hotel group wanted a home again for Scharer’s Little Brewery,” a spokesman told Brews News.

W Short’s venues include the Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks, which was formerly managed by Scharer. The pub maintained the recipes for his beers, which it continued to pour in the wake of his passing.

The pub group has brought Scharer’s Bavarian Lager back to life in collaboration with the Australian Hotel and Brewery in Rouse Hill, one of several pubs owned by Momentum Hospitality.

Made by Australian Brewery head brewer Dan Shaw using Scharer’s original recipe, the beer can be found on tap at selected W Short and Momento venues as well as the original home of Scharer’s Lager, the George IV Inn.

Hopped with Wye Target and Czech Saaz, the German-style unfiltered lager picked up a Silver Medal in the International Lager category at ths year’s Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.

“This is a permanent release and is available nationwide, however we want to keep the focus on beer first and ensuring that supply is maintained for key foundation venues,” the Australian Brewery’s David Ward told Brews News.

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