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Garage Project Boss Level Ultra IPA
Calling all hop hunters who have been playing the game to taste their way through the best IPA's in NZ. Countless hours of gameplay have been spent in craft beer bars and homes across the country and now the Boss Level has been reached. An Ultra IPA with five different US hop varieties, 100 IBUs and a big malt cushion, this is an atomic bomb of an IPA. Firing huge amounts of hop firepower, get your hands on this beast of an IPA before it’s all gone and game over! Happy playing! 8.7% 6.9 Std Drinks
Sunshine Brewery #nofilter Hazy East Coast
The phrase “#nofilter” is more common with millennials on social media platforms than with bearded, craft beer drinkers. What is common with the latter demographic is the trend towards hazy, unfiltered IPA’s, commonly called East Coast or New England IPA’s. Sunshine Brewery has been brewing for almost 40 years, but it took a long journey to Gisborne by their young buck of a sales manager to convince them their IPA would look better unfiltered. Channel your inner socialite and #nofilter! 6% 4.7 Std Drinks
Laughing Bones Stoned Amber Ale
Whilst some of you may draw a connection between the breweries name and the name of this beer you would in fact be wrong. ‘Stoned Amber’ relates to the stone-fruit used in the infusing of this wonderfully tropical 5% Amber Pale Ale. A perfect warm weather drink indeed! Aromas of Peach, Nectarine and Apricot burst like a fruit salad medley, the palate is balanced by slightly richer malts and good bitterness, whilst still letting the fruit shine. A seasonal release, so be quick! 12.99 5.0% ABV - 3.9 Standard drinks per litre
Boneface Brewing War Machine Rye Pale Ale
Boneface are really making a name for themselves in Wellington and the word is fast spreading north. This is a Rye IPA brewed with a tank load of US hops, making for a slightly rich malt body, with medium bitterness and juicy tropical notes.
McLeod's Hot Curl Hibiscus Sour
McLeods latest limited release offering is Hot Curl - a sour made with hibiscus, lemon verbena and chamomille. Pouring bright purple with spritzy carbonation, honeyed hibiscus notes on the nose with a hint of sweetness on the palate to a tart and thirst quenching finish. Playing homage to the vintage surfboard style used on McLeods tasting stand, and the surfing community in the Waipu region, Hot Curl is the perfect companion to those early afternoon beach trips! 3.1% ABV - 2.4 Standard drinks per litre
Urbanaut Le Marais Champagne Pilsner
If you’ve ever tried to get a Champagne drinker to have a beer, you might just be in luck with this brew. A full bodied pilsner, fermented traditional with lager yeast and finished with Champagne yeast, which produces fine white bubbles and a light and crisp carbonation. This pilsner has aromas of white grapes and citrus, with hints of stone fruit coming through on the taste and a dry, crisp finish. Surprise your mates with this classy beer option this weekend! 5.6% ABV 4.4 Standard drinks per litre
Brothers Beer Himalayan Rock Salt
Tenzing Norgay is the legendary Sherpa that helped Sir Edmond Hillary traverse the Himalayas, the other thing that the Himalayas are known for is their pink rock salt. Brothers Beer have brewed a one-off seasonal Gose using this salt and in a nod to the mountaineer they have named this slightly tart, 4.5% beer after him. This easy drinking Gose has notes of coriander, peach, with a crisp palate and a clean, slightly briny finish. The perfect beer for consuming before or after mountaineering (just check the weather forecast). 4.5% ABV - 3.8 Standard drinks per litre.
Piha Strawberry Wheat
Most people will be familiar with wheat beer, but strawberry wheat beer?... it sure is novel and somehow works, the summery fruit with its light and smooth 100% wheat malt base, including 100% fresh strawberries used in the mash! The base beer was then lightly hopped with the floral and zesty NZ Wakatu hops. The result is a cloudy blush-pink beer with a medley of fruity aromas balanced by the typical estery wheat beer characters. The perfect session beer with a light to medium body and sub 5% ABV.
Cassels & Sons Fresh Hop Ale
Cassells & Sons have jumped on the fresh hop bandwagon, travelling to Nelson this year to load up a truck full of fresh Taiheke hops. Taiheke provides a citrus dominant aroma, coming through on the palate with grapefruit zest backing up the rich, sweet malt characters with a dank, hoppy finish.
Fortune Favours The Wellingtonian IPA
Wellington is not only the capital of New Zealand it’s also affectionately known as the craft beer capital. Fortune Favours Brewery may only be a year old but they’ve realised this fact and brewed a beer in honour of Wellingtons beer-reputation. The Wellingtonian IPA is designed to be light on malts, but heavy on hops, not bitter ones though… Wai-iti and Chinook were used for their big punchy flavours and low bitterness. 6.0% ABV - 4.7 Standard drinks per litre.
Behemoth Cheech & Chong
Cheech & Chong are more than a comedy duo from the 70’s and 80’s, it’s also a 21st century fresh hop IPA. ‘tis the season which means fresh new beers including this one from Behemoth. They’ve released limited quantities of Cheech and Chong, their 6.5% Fresh Hop IPA and only a handful of kegs. Using 100% green Nelson Sauvin hops they’ve produced a pungent, resinous IPA, loaded with bitter grapefruit and gooseberry notes. Grab this beer fresh off tap whilst you can get your hands on it. 6.5% ABV - 5.1 Standard drinks per litre
Eagle Brewing Fresh Hop Pilsner
Eagle’s Dry Hopped Pilsner won Best Pilsner in NZ at the 2017 Brewers Guild Awards, so when we heard they were doing a fresh hop version this year we knew we had to get our hands on some. This pilsner displays big juicy, grassy hop flavours from the fresh hops yet has a refreshingly crisp and clean finish - there’s no dispute that this is one of the best. 5.2% ABV - 4.1 Standard drinks per litre
Epic Rhonda Red IPA
New release from Epic and the newest edition to their Red Series is Rhonda, a Red IPA. It’s unknown the inspiration behind Rhonda as a name for this beer, but we like to think that maybe whilst hitch-hiking down to Nelson, for the annual hop-harvest, Luke may have been picked up by Rhonda, a woman who drove a red Honda? Anyway, true to Epics form is full of hoppy goodness, very drinkable at 6.5% and will please the crowds. 6.5% ABV - 5.1 Standard drinks per litre
Wigram & Rock Knob Brewing Fresh Hop Pilsner
Rocky Knob Brewing and Wigram have joined forces to bring a slice of Pacifica to your doorstep. This golden pilsner was loaded with a tankful of fresh Pacifica hops, with sweet malt flavours backing up the hit of oily, juicy hop flavour and bitterness from the fresh hops. Floral and citrus notes with a hint of freshly cut grass come through from the green hops, with a soft lingering bitterness to finish. You don’t need to jump on a plane to get the best that Pacifica has to offer! 5% ABV - 3.9 Standard drinks per litre
Funk Estate Nectar Hazy IPA
Hazy IPA’s are far from bad brewing or corner cutting, the lack of heavy filtration means that sediment remains in the beer, giving it a desirable extrajuicy hop character. Hopped extensively with Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and El Dorado hops this beer will go down a treat for any hop-head but is balanced and super drinkable also making it the perfect choice for craft beer newbies. Let this Nectar sooth your soul and enjoy long into the night. 7.0% ABV - 5.5 Standard drinks per litre
Good George Black Doris Plum Cider
From the guys at Good George in Hamilton comes one of the most exciting and unique ciders we’ve tried in ages. Tasting this during work hours (as we reluctantly have to do), this cider makes you want to leave the premises immediately and kick off a hearty cider session in the sun. Almost incredibly, it’s like tasting a partially fermented Pinot Gris; pouring a gorgeous magenta in the glass and overflowing with aromas of bright stone fruits and summer plums. The kicker on the palate is the refreshing balance of lip-smacking tartness and fruit sweetness that puts a big smile on your dial. 5% Alcohol 3.9 standards per litre
Good George APA
Good George have made a major impact in the craft beer industry since their establishment in 2011. Getting bored with mass produced, chemical laden beers the good mates set out to build a quality brew pub and brewery in of all places, Hamilton. The Good George APA acts as the big brother to the already popular IPA. With a greater malt bass, more hops, even more dry hops and more alcohol I guess they really do live by the mantra ‘more is better’. I tend to agree, with heady aromas of grapefruit zest and resinous pine, care of the hoppy trifecta of US Chinook, Columbus and El Dorado. The aromas are mirrored in the palate with bitter grapefruit pith and a balancing, mouth filling character from the rye malt. Good George APA, not a Good beer, a Great beer. 6.2% ABV 4.9 Standard drinks per litre
8 Wired Fresh Hopwired IPA
The unique fresh-hop beers that are so eagerly anticipated only come round once a year. The hops are harvested and what follows is a frenzy of brewers trying to get their hands on sufficient fresh-hops to brew very limited edition, one-off batches of beer. Fresh-Hopwired IPA uses copious amounts of fresh hops showing big, high-octane flavours of citrus and pine resin, no surprise it’s a FWDCo favourite. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out on this beautifully pungent fresh hopped IPA, so grab yours today. 7.3% ABV 5.8 Standard drinks per litre