Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 12th, 2015

Llamas Drink Free

Tonight we welcome another to the quickly expanding Wellington brewing community, with the launch of Mt Cook's Wild and Woolly.

I went into the details of W & W inlast week's update, but at that time the fourth and final launch beer remained a secret.

Readers of (ex-Hashigan, current Goldie) Dylan Jauslan's excellent blog The Bottleneck may recognise the name Silver Cat Angry Gummy Bear White Stout from Dylan's list "Top 20 Beers You Must Try to Put on Your Bucket List Before You Die".
The point of having this outlandish sounding and (at the time) fictional beer on the list was so no one could ever complete it. It might sound cynical, but really the blog is a brilliant dig at beer themed clickbait.

Wild and Woolly brewer Llew took this fictional beer as a challenge, and actually created it.

“SCAGBWS is a wheat stout fermented with a Belgian witbier yeast with the bonus of Haribo gummi bears added to the boil (wouldn’t you be angry if someone dumped you and your friends in a kettle full of boiling wort?)
It’s got a fabulous creamy head and mouthfeel, low roastiness for a stout, moderate Belgian yeast character and a clearly detectable flavour of gummi bears.”
Dylan took the news gracefully. Luckily there's barely 50L of this beer, so Dylan's list will remain unattainable to most.
SCAGBWS will be on tap from 5.30pm this afternoon, along with Complete Cock Up Belgian Pale Ale, Basilisk Citrus & Thai Basil Berliner Weisse and Pygmy Fruit Bat Chilli Mango Saison.

If you can't make it tonight, don't fret. We'll be saving a little bit of some of these beers for Saturday's Craft Beer College: Miracle of Malt\tasting, featuring none other then Llew himself.

You can book your place at this link or by emailing

New to the Lounge

A new six piece band makes their HZ lounge debut this Saturday. Clube Do Choro will be filling the bar with traditional form of Brazilian Jazz, that I'm told gave rise to Samba.
No, there won't be beads, and it won't cost you a dime to enjoy the music this Saturday at 9.30pm


Looking at Mexas Ranger’s ingredients list, you’d think it would be a disaster.

Mexas Ranger contains spices, almond milk, cocoa, chili, black beans & avocado leaves. For good measure it is then aged in Tequila Barrels.
However, in classic Mikkeller fashion, all of these ingredients end up integrating into a beautiful and intriguing 6.6% stout.
See how all those flavours work this Saturday, when you can grab a 125ml bottle pour for just $8.

Notorious B.E.E.R.

Yesterday a long awaited container of Californian beer arrived up the road at Beer Without Borders. Hooray!

Along with much needed restocks of crowd favourites, this shipment brings even more interesting seasonal beers from Coronado.

Try the first of these limited seasonals this Tuesday when Biggie Smalls Session IPA hits the tap.Described as "a prominently Simcoe and Mosaic hopped session IPA, tastes more like a hoppy pale ale, while carrying a lot of the fruitiness and citrus aspects that drinkers of heavier IPAs usually desire."

Biggie Smalls hits the taps at 5pm Tuesday. There was only 40L in this shipment, so don't miss out.

Grapefruit Sculpin!

The biggest crowd favourite of all, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, arrived in 355ml bottle format in the above mentioned Cali shipment.

Also more cans of the brilliant Modern Times Blazing World IPA, and 650ml bottles of a new Modern Times seasonal IPA - City of the Sun.

All are in the fridge for your enjoyment today.


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