Last night at King O’Malley’s pub in Canberra — named for the politician to blame for why we all have to spell Labor without the U — “The People’s Choice” Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese launched his beer, Willie the Boatman’s Albo Corn Ale. It is a strong drop — Albo declared the beer “the Greens’ worst nightmare.”

“It’s a long neck; it’s old school. It’s 5.7% [alcohol], so it’s not some wussy Greens beer,” he said.

“I fight Tories in Canberra, but I fight Greenies in Grayndler!”

Crikey‘s own Josh Taylor tried the ale and found it to be “refreshing but with an unusual aftertaste”. Make of that what you will.

Albo said when he launched the beer at a pub in his electorate in Sydney, he accidentally went into the venue next door and discovered it was a “very successful” axe-throwing business.Maniax, it turns out, offers axe throwing parties for birthdays, corporate events, buck’s parties and hen’s nights. Albo said that people should be responsible and do the axe throwing before they down any Albo beer.

The music of the evening was a playlist put together by DJ Albo and included a solid mix of the finest ’90s and now tracks you will hear in a pub in Newtown, including Spiderbait, Madison Avenue and Daft Punk.

At one point, when Bloc Party’s Helicopter came on, Albo dedicated the track to former speaker Bronwyn Bishop.

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Peter Fray

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