Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 28th, 2016

Fruit(lands) Salad

The latest BwB shipment hit right in the middle of when Modern Times change the seasonal fruit in their Fruitlands Gose. This means we were able to obtain two versions of the deliciously salty fruit sour.

If you were at our last tasting, you've already had the pleaure of tasting Fruitlands Apricot and Fruitlands Passion Guava side-by-side. The two beers won the tasting (Apricot 1st, Pasion Guava 2nd) so we thought we'd share the experience with everyone this Saturday with a side-by-side bottle pour.

This Saturday from midday we're pouring both the Apricot and Passion Guava versions side-by-side so you can pick your fave.

We'll be pouring 150ml TeKus of each from midday this Saturday, for just $10.

La Sirene Live

Dubbed "possibly the tasting of the year" by a mr @Greasylightbulb, you'd do well to book in for next Wednesday's La Sirene tasting.

Eight La sirene beers will be tasted (pictured right), and you'll be guided by La Sirene founder Costa Nikias joining us live via skype.

Attendees of our previous live-via-skype tastings (Modern Times and Gigantic) will know that this works surprisingly well with punters able to ask questions of the brewer just like they're in the room, all thanks to our experienced IT department.

It's $45 for a spot in the tasting, which includes La Sirene's legendary Praline, and new Imperial Praline beers. You can book over the bar or on

If you don't have the time to spare for the full tasting, we'll also be offering a $20 flight of the four La Sirene beers on tap: Belle French, Botanique, Praline and Biere Henri.
That's next Wednesday only though, so see you there!

NRT: Speakeasy/Brothers Contraband IPA

Back in 2014 Brandon Nash of Speakeasy Brewing (San Francisco) visited NZ, and brewed a collaboration IPA with Brothers Beer: Northern Hemisphere Contraband IPA.
This was a West-Coast style IPA brewed in NZ with all US hops.

Earlier this year, a contingent from Brother Beer headed to San Francisco and returned the favour by brewing Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA over there.

We managed to secure some of this very interntaional brew in the latest BwB shipment, so this Tuesday we're tapping Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA for the first time.

Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA switches up the formula, with the beer being brewed in the US but using only NZ grown hops.

"Made in collaboration with Brothers Beer in New Zealand, Contraband IPA was created using all Southern Hemisphere hops. Pacific Gem and Nelson [Sauvin] were utilized in the boil, then the beer was dry hopped with Wai-iti.
The beer is full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors: lime, lemon, and mandarin orange.
While Contraband IPA is focused on the hops, the malt bill provides a solid backbone of biscuit and caramel flavors."

It's always interesting to see how NZ hops are utilised by US brewers, and the reviews from the states are glowing so far.

We tap Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA at 5pm this Tuesday, see you there.

Two Weeks To Go

What?! Beervana is just over two weeks away!

Which means our programme of events is less than two weeks away. It's going to be a busy week, so here's what we've got:

Tuesday August 9th: Beyond Barley Beer & Spirits Tasting with Spiritus
Wednesday August 10th: Love Me A Lager with Tiamana
Thursday August 11th: Litmus Fest Sour Tap Takeover
Friday August 12th: 8 Wired Blackout Imperial Stout Takeover

The first three events require bookings, so make sure you lock in your place.

Some Beers You Can Drink Now, or Maybe Later

If there were a Trappist brewery in San Francisco I'd imagine their Quadrupel would taste something like Almanac's Paris of the West Quad.

At 9.5% it's not a starter beer by any means. But it's rich raisiny malt (backed up by actual raisins) works beautifully with the hint of orange. It's all beautifully balanced. If you just want  nip we're serving it up in 200ml Teku or otherwise there's the/ 300ml fancy glass.

I asked Ava what makes Queen About Town a "Winter IPA", thinking there might be a wintery adjunct added.
Thankfully not, she's just amplified the malt character in this NZ hopped IPA to give it a richer base than your usual super-pale west coast style IPA.
It's hopped with Waimea, Brooklyn Moutere, Rakau and Green Bullet.

These four come together very nicely in this very satisfying IPA.

It's Modern Times Blazing World IPA, on tap.
You know it's good, you know it's fresh (kegged mid June), you know you want it.


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