Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 27th, 2014

Profanity Filter

A few weeks ago this email alerted you to the launch of the first in a series of beers by Danish brewer To Øl.

It so happens that the name of this series contains the 'F-word', and as such I was bombarded by server messages of rejected emails due to "inappropriate language". Fair enough.

So to make sure everyone gets notified of the next in the F%*k Art series this will be a rare occasion in which I will censor myself.

We missed out on the middle beer in the F&^k Art series 'F@$k Art - Let's Dance', so now we're skipping to the end with the strongest of the three: 'F¿‽k Art - This is Advertising'.

F∞εk Art - This is Advertising is a Belgian Quadrupel style beer, the granddaddy of the Belgian strongs. As such, it weighs in at 11.3%. Usually, quads are full bodied and sweet with a big yeast character. In typical To Øl style, they've tried to balance the usual quad-sweetness with a truck load of hops. They also reckon "The yeast gives notes of acidic apples, which blends well together with the hops."

Come try Fuc.... I mean F⌂™k Art - This is Advertising on tap from 5pm this Tuesday!

Festival in a Festival

Once again we're sending a contingent of staff down to Christchurch to help create "The World of Beer" marquee at the Great Kiwi Beer Festival in Hagley Park on Saturday. Though this year the Beer Without Borders banner will be flying, but the beers will be just as varied and exciting as the last two years.

Indications are that the Christchurch City Council haven't imposed heavy handed restrictions on GKBF. So if you're attending, come along to the big World of Beer tent and enjoy an actual full glass of one of the 13+ beers on tap.

Black Spider Stomp

The gypsy dudes with guitars are back this Saturday in the lounge, with Black Spider Stomp filling the room with a swinging gypsy mix of original compositions and Django Reinhardt classics. No cover charge, starts at 10pm!

Go to College with the Yeastie Boys

I'm usually giving you warning of Craft Beer College tastings when there's only a couple places left, but this time I'm on to it!

On Saturday the 12th of April, Craft Beer College is teaming up with Stu from Yeastie Boys to host a hop focused tasting at the bar. In the words of Steph from CBC:

"You will taste seven beers with a variety of New Zealand and international hops, and that build up in hop intensity. You will learn about the historical importance of hops, and the birth of the popular India Pale Ale (IPA) style of beer."

To book your place while there's still space, email Steph at

Newbies from Denmark

We're making space in the fridge for an incoming container-load of beer from California (watch this space). Until that arrives we'll keep filling most of the gaps with exciting new beers, like the three newbies in there this week.

Two are from Mikkeller:Tequila Barrel Aged Mexas Ranger and Mielcke & Hurtigkarl(pronounced "mile-kuh ov hoot-ti-karl" or something...)

The former is a 6.6% stout brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa, chilies, black beans, avocado leaves & aged in tequila barrels.

The latter is a beautifully delicate 8.7% Belgian strong ale, aged in rare Château d’Yquem barrels.

We also have bottles of a new beer from Panhead; Trekken Saison. They've taken a new-world approach to the Saison style, throwing in hops like Citra and Sorachi Ace. It's a pretty amazing beer, so grab a bottle or look out for it on tap soon!


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