New Zealand brewer's savage swipe at Steve Smith with new beer

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Steve Smith, pictured here in tears over Australia's ball-tampering scandal.
The 'There's No Crying in Cricket' is a cheeky swipe at Steve Smith. Image: AAP/Getty

A brewer from New Zealand has taken a brutal swipe at Steve Smith and some of his Australian teammates with a new beer called 'There's No Crying In Cricket.'

Behemoth Brewing Founder Andrew Childs says 100 cases of their new IPA are headed to Australia this fortnight to celebrate the Kiwis' recent victory in their T20 series.

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"We wanted to have it out in time to send to the Aussie lads in quarantine while they were here," Mr Childs told AAP.

"We didn't quite have it ready in time. 

"So now it's a nice way to celebrate the series win for New Zealand. They don't happen that often."

The new beer comes complete with sandpaper on the can, referencing Australia's 2018 ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The 'No Crying in Cricket' name refers to Smith, David Warner and then-coach Darren Lehmann all breaking down in press conferences addressing the scandal.

Smith and Warner both broke down when facing the media upon their arrivals back in Australia.

Lehmann was also in tears when announcing his resignation not long after.

Smith and Warner were both handed 12-month bans for their roles in the scandal, while Cameron Bancroft copped a nine-month suspension.

Warner was handed a lifetime ban from holding a leadership role in the Australian team, while Smith wasn't allowed a leadership role for two years.

David Warner and Darren Lehmann, pictured here speaking to the media.
David Warner and Darren Lehmann also broke down in tears at the time. Image: Getty

Behemoth Brewing's latest swipe at Australian cricket

The beer, marketed as Chur Brewing in Australia, is far from the company's first provocative label.

An "Im-peach-ment" peach sour ale, a "Collusion" American hopped Russian imperial stout and a "Dump The Trump" American pale ale were all released during Donald Trump's presidency.

And Mr Childs, a self-confessed cricket tragic, also made the "Underarm" trans-Tasman IPA two years ago after the 2018 ball-tampering incident.

"As the old adage goes, New Zealanders support two teams. New Zealand and anyone facing Australia," he said.

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The latest beer has been created with three Tasmanian hops - Galaxy, Vic secret and a trial hop called 016.

"It's very dank, ripe tropical fruit, like a very ripe pineapple, a bit of passionfruit," he said.

"It's a clear IPA, not hazy, more of a West Coast IPA. 

"About five per cent of our hops are Australian and we've been saving up for an all-Aussie one."

with AAP

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