Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011

2011's First Two Tastings... New This Week... Yeastie Friday... A Plug..

2011's First Two Tastings

Matched Food and Sake

This year our first tasting event of the year is an innovation - our first ever Matched Food and Sake evening. Our own Shigeo Takagi, as well as being our in-house sake expert, has been playing a big role in building our capability at catering for functions. He also spent some time in Japan recently, looking for ideas for this event.

So on the 22nd of this month from 6:30pm he'll be in charge of food and drinks for the lucky few who get in and book. To book, go to

Mile High Beer

Plans are inching forward for a pretty unusual tasting. One of the owners of Squatters Brewpub in Salt Lake City wandered into Hashigo Zake on Christmas Eve, leading to a small one-off order that we hope will be winging its way here soon. Included in the package will be the US version of Onekaka's own Captain Cooker. Confused by that last sentence? Check out:

Once we know the beer has left the brewery we'll confirm a date and price.

New This Week

8 Wired have spent most of the last 18 months looking for ways to blow us away with beers that are strong in flavour, alcohol or both. Their latest beer is designed to turn that paradigm on its head. It's Underwired (yes, Underwired) and it claims to be an IPA with 2% alcohol. To find out more, read Søren's own blog about it at

Our research on the Golden Eagle Brewery has been pretty thin, but we've decided to throw caution to the wind and put on a keg of their South Island IPA.

If the South Island IPA lets us down there will be plenty of old friends returning, such as Emersons 1812.

At some point in the next few days the wheat beer tap will be thrown over to a Californian, in the form of Coronado Orange Avenue Wit. Other Californians coming on soon include Green Flash 30th St Pale Ale, Bear Republic Apex IPA and Coronado Islander IPA.

Yeastie Friday

A week tomorrow (the 18th) Luke Nicholas and Kelly Ryan of NZ Craft Beer TV cruise in to town to interview Stu McKinley of Yeastie Boys (and apparently yours truly) on our very own premises. Stu has suggested that we mark the occasion by putting the Yeastie Boys' current pair of releases - Rapture and Europa - on our hand pumps at the same time and offer lunchtime specials. More details next week.

A Plug

Some of our best customers don't actually live in Wellington. That's some feat so to show our appreciation we'd like to draw attention to an upcoming performance by one of you.

Charismatic multi-instrumentalist Adam Page breezes into Wellington from Adelaide occasionally to squeeze a performance or two between his tireless search for fine beer. He has a show at Downstage this Sunday that we would endorse if it weren't for the fact that it's a world premiere, so we can't possibly have seen it. More details here:

Anyone attending Adam's show on Sunday can show their ticket at Hashigo Zake before or after and receive the same discount as SOBA members.


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