Nope, I rely on brewers to tell me when it's time to break out the budgie smugglers. Summer is the beer-drinking season, the hot months allowing Aussies to do what they do better than almost anyone else on the planet – drink lots of super-cold lager after a day on the beach, around the barbie or after mowing the lawn.
I know it's summer because this is the time of year the brewers unleash their summer seasonals on a thirsty public. Two to lob into bottle shops this week are James Squire's Sundown Lager and Monteith's Summer Ale.
But with this limited release the brewery has taken Australia's favourite beer style – golden lager – and replaced much of the bitterness with hop flavours.
"We have used two Aussie hops, galaxy and summer saaz, plus a bit of English East Kent goldings, to create the grassy aroma," said head brewer Chuck Hahn. "It's very sessionable."
Bucking the trend of putting out light and fluffy seasonals is Murray's Craft Brewing, which produces its distinctive Anniversary Ale to celebrate its birthday.
With an alcohol content of 10 per cent, Murray's Anniversary Ale 3 is intended as a special occasion drink. Only 1000 have been bottled.