Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018

Chur, Bro. Sis.

It's been a fairly tumultuous week in the brewing world, mainly centering around social media with the furore centering around Dystopian State Brewery and Bryan Roths article and subsequent reaction article from Sarah Rybicki, it was a timely reminder that this industry is far from perfect but is always willing to hold a mirror up and examine itself and try to improve, Almost unnoticed was another, less controversial article from the team at GBH from Matthew Curtis who provided an excellent over view of the state of New Zealand beer which can be read here.

In honour of Wellingtons 178th birthday we will be hosting something of a birthday party in the guise of a Fresh As F*ck tap take over, with all beer on tap being made within walking distance of Hashigo. The line up is starting to take shape, check back next week or follow our social media for a final taplist,  there may or may not be cake. Just sayin'.

The Sunday of Anniversary weekend brings a loosely themed return of the bi weekly cult  films at Hashigo Zake, curated by our in house film expert with films chosen from his expansive personal library, he has promised an extra special film to mark Cult Film Basments triumphant return. As usual there will be hop salted popcorn.

Brilliant Owl LII

February heralds the return of the 'GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH' and this year it rolls in the home of the small drink, Minnesota. As tradition dictates we will be screening the big game complete with half time show, which features Justin Timberlake this year, and if his performance at Superbowl XXXVIII is anything to go by it should be as controversial as it is good. But if nothing else it might be worth heading down just to see a repeat of this....

NRT - Now Returns to Tuesday

This first new release of 2018 features a new beer from Sawmill, packed into a somewhat sessionable 5% they have unleashed an American Wheat Ale

"Using a clean ale fermentation with our house yeast and a large dry hop transforms this American Wheat Ale into a dry, hoppy, but medium bodied beer.

This beer showcases a piney, tropical hop character and low bitterness."

It'll be tapped as usual on Tueday at 5PM


Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 2018

"The party don't stop just because it ain't midnight no mo'"

        -James Brown

"Quotes in weekly E-mails are easily made up, nobody reads them anyway"
     - Abraham Lincoln

Just like James Brown said, Hashigo will continue to bring the party on a Bi-weekly basis in 2018, here are some dates for those shiny new diaries Santa brought you :

Jan 13th   The Jazz Robots - Groove-based jazz inspired by all sorts of styles and greats like The Head Hunters, Jeff Beck, John Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Jimi Hendrix and The Miles Davis Quintet.
Jan 15th Rock the Ca$h bar returns, our quarterly music quiz with MC Haydyn Green plotting your upset and down fall though s series of musical questions.
Jan 21st  To coincide with everybody getting the following day off because some people arrived on a boat 179 years ago, we are bringing back Hashigo Zake Cult Film Bar
Jan 27th   DOUBLE WHAMMY we will be playing the Triple J's annual hottest 100 countdown during the day as well as a live fee of GABS hottest 100 Aussie beers (Kiwi version takes place on 3rd Feb)  then later Darren Watson & The Dangerous Experts - Internationally renowned Rhythm & Blues guitar legend Darren Watson returns with his new band
Feb 10th  Chocolate Thunder - A sensuous jazz, funk, soul and fusion maelstrom that strikes without mercy where you least expect it. Sheer groove manship to make your body move and your flowers blossom. Gird your loins, people!


On Tap Now

  • Garage Project  - White Mischief
  • To Øl - Shameless Santa
  • Ballast Point - Habanero Sculpin IPA
  • 8 Wired  - Farmhouse Pale
  • Kakariki - Dank Bank West Coast IPA
  • Kakariki - Juicy Loot
  • Pasteur Street  - Coffee Porter
  • Renaissance - Paradox Pils
  • Eddies  - Apple Cider
  • North End- Rhum Boss
  • 8 Wired - Flat White (Nitro)
  • Horse Box. - Black Stallion Milk Stout (Handpull)
  • North End - Yellow Eye Anglo IPA (Handpull)
For those of you unaware we can now download our custom designed app from the WindowsGoogle Play and  App store

January Dryanuary   Tryanuary

To help maintain the positivity and energy around the "New year, New Me"  thing a lot of people adopt at this time of year we feel this is as good a time as any to highlight our beer of the month, and some of the often over looked beers in our fridges, each week through out Tryanuary (it's a thing, look it up) we will be showcasing some of our favourite beers that we reccomend trying.

Also needing some love and perfect for sharing is our INCREDIBLY LIMITED stock of Australian weirdos Moondogs Nordic Saddle Buffer Barrelly Wine.

Brewed in a warehouse described by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø as the weirdest brewery he's ever seen, under the watchful eyes of a portrait of John Candy, with a man described by Shaun Hill as his mentor.
So, to clarify, world renowned brewer meets a pair of violin playing brothers and their mate at their brewery named after a blind homeless composer with a penchant  for horned helmets, situated between a brothel and Carlton Untied Brewery.

Obviously they're going to make a Barley Wine.

Moondog handily put all their ingredients on their packaging, and as with a lot of their beers it's a surprise that they didn't add the kitchen sink, a list of fermentables as long as your arm, Warrior, Horizon, Cascade and Amarillo hops, two different yeast strains and a long maturation in ex shiraz and ex pinot noir barrels indicates that this will be a crazy complex beer.

Clocking in at a uprisingly well hidden 14.6% this beer has been ageing gracefully with us for around 4 years giving the extraordinary amount of flavours to harmonise and gel into this remarkably drinkable beer.

$28 drink in $22.40 take away


Q. Guess What? A. Rock The Cash Bar Is Back!

Hashigo Zake's Music Quiz is BACK!

From Blondie to Bach; Dusty to Daft Punk; Chris Knox to Chris de Burgh; Rock the Cash Bar is a quiz that'll stretch your musical knowledge to the limit.

There'll be loads of questions on the usual stuff like lyrics, albums, artists but also about music's wider place in the world. Who starred in the movie that featured this song on the soundtrack? Why was this album cover banned? The river mentioned in this song stretches between which two countries?

Hosted by beer writer, trivia nerd, macdaddy & Daddymac Hadyn Greensmith

He'll make you jump (jump)

Monday 15 January 2018 6:30pm – 9:00pm. pop and Tone Lōc it in people