These hops were specifically developed in Australia in the 1950s to be able to endure the harsh climate and are most often associated with bittering because of its relatively high alpha-acid content.
What’s the story with the ABV?Victoria Bitter is brewed with a higher percentage of ABV at 4.9% (standard percentage in beer is 4.6%).
In 2007, the alcohol content of VB was reduced from 4.9% to 4.8% in a bid to save millions of dollars in tax payments.
The alcohol percentage was decreased further in 2009, reducing it to 4.6% in an effort to make further savings.
However in 2012, VB announced that it would be going back to our original 4.9% alcohol recipe.