The white wine industry in Western QLD has been booming, after it was revealed that a camp of ringers in Queensland’s Channel Country have only been drinking Sauvignon Blanc for the last 12 months.

It is believed the interest in grape lager originated after the young fellas made a decision last year to stop4 drinking any of Australia’s highest-selling beer brands, in a showing of support for 55 workers who lost their jobs at Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) in June. These men and women were also known as the #CUB55.

The maintenance workers lost their jobs after CUB terminated a machine maintenance contract with employer Quant, they were then offered their jobs back again at a 65% lower wage, after penalty rates and other entitlements.

E.H Pearson Cattle Company‘s head stockman, Ronnie Austin says although he and his mates often punch on with the unionised Betoota shearing contractors, joining the CUB Boycott was a “no fucking brainer” – and they’ve been drinking white wine ever since.

“I’m usually not a big supporter of the Unions, but you can’t carry on that way”

“It’s fucking crook, mate”

“Plus it was time to mix it up. We usually start on the Betoota Bitters and transition to the Sauv after 8 or so”

“It was tough at first. But we are all starting to get around the lively fruit flavours of the Jacob’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc”

“The passionfruit and citrus prevail across the palate, which is pretty much enhanced by the fresh natural acidity which provides vibrancy and length on the finish”

With the Mount Isa New Years Eve Rodeo as the next big event pencilled in on their calendars, Austin says the Betoota boys are prepared to throw down with anyone who questions their choice of drink.

“Yes of course we will still be drinking white wine on New Years Eve”

“If anyone has problem with it then they can come and talk to me and Rocko. It won’t be the first time we’ve had to bust heads in the Isa”


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