After a weekend of drinking at 4 Pines and Murray's at Manly I had a discussion with some mates. We started comparing the maturity of beer here in Australia to that of the imports coming in for the last few years. We started talking that there is a gap between what is coming in and what is being made locally. Where I am getting at is that brewers are not matching the maturity of what is coming into shops besides a handful of breweries doing more unique beers for here, but for the most part if you want a single hop IPA, barleywine, quad, triple, etc you have to source at your local shop. Is the Australian beer making market more advanced than what is made here? Is it really a better deal to buy from a local shop than from a local brewer?