How to Drink the Australian Way

If there is one thing I learned from my time in London, it’s how to drink like an Australian. For the rest of you here is Chris from the Aussie Nomad to fill you in:

Australia is popular for a lot of things; kangaroo’s, Steve Irwin and that infamous phrase “Throw another shrimp on the barbie”. Something else most people associate with us is our love of beer, well our love to drink it to be exact.

Nobody can hide the fact Aussie’s don’t mind a drop of the amber liquid(that’s beer for all you foreigners). Records taken in 2004 had us ranked 4th in the world for consumption with the United States way down in 13th (that’s only 2 above New Zealand you know #justsaying). Blame it on our amazing weather or our laid back don’t worry about it attitude, we always know when its beer o’clock (even if it is at 12 in the afternoon… on a Tuesday).

You could be in Queensland and have a hankering for a XXXX (its pronounced four-ex don’t say X 4 times you’ll look like a dill) or be way down in Tasmania and want to try a glass of James Boag’s to see what the pure waters of Tassie can do for you. They are special, just watch this authentic video the brewery released:

Wherever you are just remember the following rules about beer etiquette and you’re sure to have a great time drinking in Australia:

  • Don’t under any circumstances order/speak/think of Fosters. Real Aussie’s don’t drink Fosters
  • Each state has a beer they are loyal too, check the logos on the beer taps before ordering
  • Your beer should never be more than arms length from you at all times. if you must visit the loo it must go with you
  • The only complaint you can make about a free beer is that it’s too warm
  • Never drink so slow that you let your beer get warm. You will have to finish it
  • Beer can only be bought in stubbies from the liquor store unless there is a possible issue with breakage in transport
  • If you find yourself buying rounds of drinks with an Aussie pray he has a girlfriend to go home too or you’re in for a long night
  • When someone says it’s your shout don’t scream at the top of your lungs. They just mean it’s your turn to buy the beer
  • When happy hour is on you will be expected to buy drinks in multiples
  • If going to visit a mate for a few drinks under no circumstances are you to arrive with less than a 6 pack
  • If your drinking light beer you better be of the female variety

While there are many more rules to beer drinking down under that should hopefully save you from the obvious question of “your not from around here are you mate”.

Lastly before you all turn into Aussie’s and comment the hell out of this post I wanted to tell you what beer Aussie’s really drink. After all I know from the moment I started this article you’ve all been dying to know. Well the time has arrived…


Lastly let me leave you with a glimpse of some of our all time favorite beer advertisements. If they don’t leave your mouth dry then really you’re not welcome in Australia perhaps you should try New Zealand.

Chris is The Aussie Nomad . Your typical Aussie who loves a beer and a laugh. Burning the suit and packing his career into a backpack he’s setting off to travel and work the world over.

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41 thoughts on “How to Drink the Australian Way”

  1. I love my country and I miss these beer code of ethics. I can’t wait to return home soon for a couple of ice cold beers in frosted glass of Toohey’s New, and Carlton Draught and Crown Lager and James Boag and… so many to choose.
    Bottom’s Up
    See ya at the bottom!

  2. Hi Steph,

    Great article…looking at the comments it seems to me that there is a close following of all things Australian and drink-related.

    One of my favorite Australian experiences is having a cold one while on the east coast. Beautiful country!

    Australia all’n all is best done in Style!

    Have you seen what Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, Etihad, Tourism Queensland and Sydney have teamed up to for? aussieBum too!


    Very stylish!

    Thanks again for the great post!

  3. I’ve been in Australia 8 months now, and still haven’t met an ozzie that can drink as long as I can 🙁 Any challengers out there?

    XXXX is nice, I also like VB (Victoria Bitter) I suppose because it’s like an English beer. Funnily enough I’ve only seen Fosters once here but am not having it, as it compels me to instantly vomit out the amber piss.

    Nice tips though Chris, good to read before going, but as with anything, you pick these things up when here. Goon is in every backpack in Australia I think.
    .-= AdventureRob´s last blog ..Hello Sydney =-.

    1. Thanks Rob, I’m not much of a VB fan. Much prefer a Coopers Pale Ale or a cheap one like Pure Blonde.

      Your right goon is a ritual and must also be tried by every visitor, the fact that its the cheapest drink you can buy in a 2 litre bag is beside the point 🙂

  4. I’m at the sunshine state and yet to try XXXX. There’s just too much variety here! I’ll have a swig or two of it with my mates next time. Btw, there’s a Filipino song called ‘Beer’ by Itchyworms. Hehehe

  5. I learned early, in Byron Bay, that Foster’s is NOT Australian for beer.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Friday Flashback: Southern Laos & The Mekong River =-.

  6. Hahahaha. Absolutely brilliant, Chris!! I want all of my Aussie friends to read this.

    Steph — you need one on how to drink like an American 😉
    .-= DTravelsRound´s last blog ..Preparing for my RTW trip: bye bye blonde =-.

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