Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 28th, 2014

It's Over

What a week! We're back to normal after one of the busiest weeks of the year. But spare a thought for the dedicated and hard working bar staff at Hashigo and beer bars around Wellington that miss out on the Beervana fun so we can enjoy it.
But the fun isn't over yet. We've managed to get our hands on a few kegs of the more interesting Beervana leftovers.

Keep an eye out over the next week or two for a keg of California Common from nano-contract-brewer NineBarnyardOwls, more barrel aged & sour goodness from 8 Wired and some interesting ones from Commons Brewery & Gigantic all the way from Oregon.

Rhinocerotidae Saltatus

We're back to the usual one band a week now, the wonderful Rhino Boogie will be playing funk hip hop fusion from live horns and drums combined with samples from the turntables of Uncle Silverback.

Interestingly, I'm told 'Rhino Boogie' in Japanese could be translated to "Rhino bugi wugi o odoru"

The bugi wugi o odoru starts at 10pm Saturday, and will cost you not even one yen.

Consume Life - Drink Art

Due to their batch size of just a few hundred litres, it's hard enough to find Adroit Theory's beer in their hometown of Purceville, Virginia. To find it here on the other side of the world would be impossible right?
Wrong. Thanks to a bit of serendipitous kiwi collaboration with 666 Brewing, Beer Without borders has managed to secure (very limited) stocks of a few of Adroit Theory's range.

Graeme Mahy of 666 brewing helped set up a small shipment from Adroit to bring their collaboration to Aotearoa, and there happened to be a bit of space left on the pallet.
That space was filled with a mixture of bottles and kegs from Adroit Theory's range, which will be featuring in a few upcoming New Release Tuesdays and in October's Pacific Beer Expo.

This Tuesday sees the first of Adroit Theory's beers hit the taps at Hashigo, Scorpion Black IIPA (8.1%). 
As you can tell from their branding and artwork, Adroit is a very 'metal' brewery which is reflected in their description of this beer:
"I am the SCORPION…and I know. In ways normal men cannot: I know. I see into things: beyond things. I see the strands of Fate that bind us: victims to victors. I AM THE SCORPION. And I rise up from the lower depths…."
It's easy to imagine that screamed or growled into a microphone.

Less lyrical descriptions have Scorpion pegged as roasty, earthy and complex with a good hop bite.
There were very few kegs of this beer imported, so just 20L will be available from 5pm Tuesday.


This Sunday I leave for North America for a month, on a pilgrimage down the west coast to take in the sights and suds of the area which inspired so much growth in our beer industry.
If you'd like to keep up with what we're up to I'll be doing the occasional update post over on my Girlfriend's blog
In the meantime, renowned wordsmith and bar owned Dominic Kelly will be taking back over our weekly updates, no doubt teasing about what you can expect in this year's Pacific Beer Expo.
So until October - farewell and cheers!


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