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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

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$13.99/litre

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

Three Wise Birds Lucky Jack’s Whisky Barrel-Aged Cider

You’ve heard about the ‘luck of the Irish’, well this is an Irish-Whisky Barrel-Aged cider made by Jack, a very limited release just in time for St Paddy’s day and who knows, maybe it’ll give you luck? This is a unique, punchy, dry and very complex apple cider.

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

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.

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$12.99/litre

Sawmill Fresh Hop White IPA

If you’ve ever wondered what a Fresh Hop Belgium Witbier tastes like, this may be your only opportunity to find out! Sawmill have stepped outside the norm with their fresh hop beer this year, brewing a base of wheat and flaked oats paired with a Wit yeast strain. They then added a ridiculous amount of fresh Nelson Sauvin fresh hop cones, producing big aromas of tropical fruit, grape and herbaceous notes. The spicy, fruity yeast character mingles seamlessly with the juicy, oily hop presence and finishes dry. 6.2% ABV - 4.9 Standard drinks per litre

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$14.99/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

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$13.99/litre

Funk Estate Super Afro Disiac

The idea for a beer to get you in the mood came to brewer Shiego Takagi when he was eating oysters with a friend at Beervana. Many breweries had added the well-known aphrodisiacs into Oyster Stouts, so why not take other aphrodisiacs and try to craft a delicious, super sexy beer? Takagi reasoned it needed to be sweet and dark with a little hop bitterness, so he combined figs, cacao nibs, honey, oysters and maca root powder - all ingredients purported to improve your “night-time exercise” as he puts it. We can’t vouch for its efficacy as a Cialis substitute, but we can vouch for the taste. A big, rich, velvety stout that is gloriously hedonistic and exceptionally complex. 8.0% ABV 6.6 Standard drinks per litre

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$14.99/litre

Panhead Quickchange XPA

You’ve heard of APAs and IPAs – but an XPA? According to Panhead owner and brewer Mike Neilson it means an Xtra Pale Ale, due to the delicate colour that barely seems adequate to handle the pungent aromatic hop oils from the Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra. But handle them it does, with perfumes of pineapple, lychee, mango and guava billowing from the glass, the palate following suit with hints of citrus, honey and cereal leading to a creamy, lightly bitter finish. Weighing in at only 4.6% ABV, it’s a full-flavoured and sessionable Pale Ale in a crisp, easy-drinking style. 4.6% ABV 3.6 Standard drinks per litre

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$11.99/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

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$11.99/litre

Behemoth 'Murica' APA

Murica, is Behemoth’s first foray into an American-style Pale Ale. This beer has just received a gold medal at the Australian International Beer Awards, ironically beating all other American pale ales. Brewed just in time for the USA presidential campaign and boy, if I was in the states I think I’d be needing a wee bit of this. With a 10 Gallon hat worth of American hops and a cowboy boot worth of malt, this APA is big and hoppy with pungent stone fruit and resin characters. Get this whilst you can, before the wall is built. 6.7% ABV 4.7 Standard drinks per litre

Available at: Constellation Drive Superstore >

$11.99/litre