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Urbanaut Gastown Red IPA
Urbanaut is new to Auckland’s brewing scene, setting up in a converted costume shop in Kingsland. With brand new equipment, a brewer from Meantime Brewery and Kiwi know-how, what can go wrong? Not a lot, from the taste of it. Gastown is a Red IPA with a lovely amber hue and toasty malts that are balanced by fragrant bitter hops. A beer for those who love a chewy malt profile with enough zesty bitterness to keep the hop heads happy! 5.8% 4.6 Std Drinks
Hallertau Mr Yakimoto Lager
Kon’nichiwa, my name is Mr Yakimoto, nice to meet you. I love Japanese beer, but it’s so hard to find the real stuff in New Zealand. So, I teamed up with Hallertau Brewery to brew a beer close to those enjoyed by many in the hustling, bustling streets of Tokyo. This super-dry lager is brewed with rice and aromatic hops, giving soft tropical aromas, low bitterness and grainy rice-malt like notes. Quench your thirst this summer, or pair it with sashimi. Bīru wa ikagadesu ka?
Birkenhead Brewing Co. Siris Red IPA
The second in what’s set to be an annual release from the collaboration between USA brewery Ninkasi and North Shore Brewery Birkenhead Brewing Co. This year they’ve produced a Red IPA clocking in at 6.7% with a hoppy, yet balanced 55 IBU’s! So, why name it Siris? Well Siris is the Mesopotamia goddess of beer and also happens to be the daughter of Ninkasi (another goddess, not the brewery). So, there’s your history lesson, but that’s boring, grab a rigger of this whilst stocks last. 6.7% ABV - 5.3 Standard drinks per litre
Fork Brewing The Flower Arranger
Flower Arranger was originally brewed for the Annual West Coast IPA Challenge, but luckily for us it’s available through limited release most of the year. Brewed with Pilsner, Wheat and Ale malts making for a very smooth clean base allowing the highly aromatic hops to shine. So why call it Flower Arranger? Well, just as arranging a beautiful bouquet of flowers is very relaxing, so is sitting back with a cold glass of this aromatic IPA. Best results are not consumed from a vase however.
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
McLeod's 802 Unfiltered IPA Series #8
Lately a lot of kiwi brewers have been experimenting with the Vermont “East Coast IPA” style, in where a beer is fresh and unfiltered and is all about the hop oils and flavour compounds that often get stripped when filtering the beer. Jason, head brewer from Mcleods is from Vermont and decided it was time to assert some local knowledge. Releasing a series called 802 (the area code for Vermont), this is a monthly limited release of variations of Unfiltered IPA’s made in the sytle Jason remembers from his time in the US. There’s only about 700L per batch, so you will need to get in quick if you want to try it, with us being one of the only retailers in Auckland to have this brew, come in and grab the #8 while you can! 6.6% ABV
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
Birkenhead Brewing Company Pacific Pale Ale
The second beer from Birkenhead’s favourite craft brewery, this zesty pale ale is named after the historic Hinemoa Street that runs between the port and the village. The street takes its name from the Maori legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, two lovers separated by the waters of Lake Rotorua. Tutanekai is said to have lived on Mokoia Island and would serenade Hinemoa every night, his soulful music guiding her canoe as she paddled to meet him for a midnight tryst. If this delicious beer had been around then, he could have just wooed her over a pint – the sweet tropical fruits and resinous pine give way to a seductive palate bursting with citrus zest and juicy fresh grapefruit. At only 4.6%, she wouldn’t have been over the legal drink canoeing limit either. 4.6% ABV 3.6 Standard drinks per litre
Epic Hop Zombie
This beer is to hop heads what fresh brains are to zombies...Perhaps NZ’s first ‘cult’ beer of the modern craft era, this beer is made in tiny quantities and snapped up before it even hits the shelves by a horde of bearded and bespectacled craft beer fiends (some are clean shaven and have near-perfect eyesight, in fairness). Since a worldwide hop shortage in 2011, Hop Zombie has been in excruciatingle short supply. Bursting with aromatic passionfruit and citrus hop aromas, this zesty, mouth-numbing monster of a beer is enough to wake the dead.
It’s ironic that the beer that marked a new beginning for the NZ craft beer scene should be named after the biblical end of days. We read in the paper recently that the Swedes have developed a taste for the supreme hop flavours of Epic Armageddon, consuming it by the container load...an already hard-to-come-by beer looks set to be even harder to find. Grab your end of days emergency supply kit today and experience the huge grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine resin hop flavours over the sweet biscuit and caramel malt profile. For all its size and brawn it’s supremely well balanced and drinkable with its 6.66% (really) alcohol...bravo Luke Nicholas!