Monday, July 19, 2010

July 15, 2010

Immediately below...
  • New Baird Shipment
  • Richard Emerson
  • Imminent Arrivals
  • Happy Birthday Belgium
  • And Finally...
  • New Baird Shipment

    Our latest shipment from Asia's finest brewery arrived yesterday. Once again we have replenished our stocks of several of their year-round beers (notably Numazu Lager and Suruga Bay Imperial IPA) while being lucky enough to pick up some more unusual seasonals. Look out for Pacific Century Citrus IPA, Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale, Zamamiro! Ale and Biere du Japon.

    The products are also on sale at our online store. See

    Meanwhile, as you read this, 18 kegs are being filled at the Baird Brewery in Numazu, Japan and we hope to have them here in late August.

    Richard Emerson

    Richard Emerson remains New Zealand's pre-eminent craft brewer, as he has been for well over a decade. Last year's Grand Champion prize at BrewNZ reminded us that while the pool of fine brewers in New Zealand continues to grow, Richard is still the top dog.

    So we are delighted that as part of Regional Wines & Spirits' week of events celebrating the Emerson's Brewery, we get to host Saturday evening's Meet The Brewer. Richard will be here from 6:30pm on Saturday the 24th, dispensing samples and mingling with appreciative drinkers.

    Even better, we've just learned that the brewery will provide a rare keg of Emerson's Weizenbock for the event. This beer beat the legendary Schneider and Sons' Aventinus to the prize of Champion Wheat Beer in the Australian International Beer Awards back in May. It's unusual for the brewery to put something this big in a keg and it's unlikely there will be another opportunity in the near future to sample this beer straight from the tap.

    Imminent Arrivals

    We've been pretty happy some of the rare and special beers we got our hands on lately. But it seems that the good run isn't over.

    We're days away from securing another New Zealand first - Meantime IPA on tap.

    We've been planning a massive shipment of Australian craft beers for some time. (Contrary to popular mythology, not all the best breweries are on this side of the Tasman.) All the planning is close to bearing fruit, so brace yourselves for possibly the most opulent IPA made in Australasia, making its New Zealand debut. Plus we'll welcome back a couple of gems that we got to enjoy in the washup after last year's Beervana.

    Christchurch favourites Twisted Hop IPA and Dux de Lux Norwester are back in the building this week. And to mix things up a little we've nabbed a keg of Dux de Lux's alcoholic ginger beer Ginger Tom.

    While a couple of well regarded IPAs fight it out in Courtenay Place for the title of New Zealand's second hoppiest beer, we'll be bringing out another keg of the extraordinary Summ!t Imperial IPA.

    And how's this for a novelty? A single 30L keg of Mikkeller Y Pale Ale. We've never even had this in a bottle before, but it's said to be an American Pale Ale, and is getting rave reviews everywhere it's landed. It may also end up the most expensive kegged beer we've ever brought it, so we're looking for the right time and circumstance to tuck into it. Stay tuned.

    Happy Birthday Belgium

    Any country that's famous for beer and chocolate definitely counts as interesting, no matter what anyone says. So we at Hashigo Zake extend warm congratulations to Belgium on the occasion of their 179th birthday. And we'd like to celebrate by welcoming back an old favourite - Maredsous Tripel. It will be back on tap by early next week, in time for Wednesday's festivities.

    Wednesday will also be a perfect time to try a Carbonade Flamande, if you haven't already. This Belgian Beef & Beer stew is perfect winter comfort food.

    And finally

    On Saturday, anyone hungry should look out for our take on a South African rugby watching tradition - the Bunny Chow.


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