Review

Veteran wine writer Max Allen tells the history of drinking in Australia through anecdotes and interviews in 'Intoxicating'

By T.j. Collins
October 24 2020 - 1:00pm
Yarra Valley wine barrels - among the drinks that have shaped Australia. Picture: Shutterstock
  • Intoxicating: Ten Drinks That Shaped Australia, by Max Allen. Thames & Hudson. $32.99.

In the late 19th century, the town of Braidwood in southern New South Wales was home to a thriving cider scene. The early settlers began planting apple trees in the 1830s, but it wasn't until an English couple built the area's first cidery in Reidsdale a few decades later that things really took off.

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