Bach Brewing Peach Pucker

From my Canterbury perspective this summer was a bit of a have, in fact we just recorded the coldest February day since 1945. So I’ll look to experience the season vicariously where I can, and what better way than glorious stone fruit from the warmer regions?  Brewed with peach and white tea, this Berliner (5.4 per cent) from Bach is just the ticket.  The nose is bursting with ripe peach puree, jasmine and citrus blossom on a pillow of creamy fruit yoghurt.  It’s so ripe and lush I forgot I even had a sour beer until I went in for the taste, where the vibrant lactobacillus lash will remind you in a hurry.  That sour zing takes the palate in more of a lemon citrus direction, with the tea lending a gently tannic structure.  Striking an excellent balance between refreshment and substantial flavour, this is a perfect drop to send off the season in style.

Craft Beer Version 3.0 — What’s The Future

I was in my local coffee spot buying beans when a friend stopped to say gidday. “What’s new in craft beer?” he asked. When I paused for just a moment, he replied for me: “Nothing, right?” One thing craft beer has always done is change things. Its early ethos was...

The Beer Project Summer Roadie

The Beer Project was conceived in July 2009 as a two-year project to document the 50-odd breweries in New Zealand. Obviously, I missed my deadline, not photographing my 50th brewery, Mata, until 2017. And now, the number of breweries has risen to over 200, which at my...

Two Thumb Green Bullet Fresh Hop English IPA

For as much as I’m a champion of fresh hop beers, I’ll be the first to admit they tend to fall into a pretty staid and narrow group of styles.  There’s always good ones and bad ones, but the field itself is typically composed of modern IPAs and pilsners sporting fresh...

Double Vision’s Fresh Hop Triple Treat

Double Vision Brewing are taking fresh hop season to a new level, with a triple treat of collectible, glow-in-the-dark cans, designed to be drunk in a specific order and preferably while reading the companion comic strip. In recent years, DVB have two produced two...

Brothers Beer Gamma Daydream

Fresh hop season is upon us, and with it, Fresh Hop Watch 2024 begins… Feedback from Nelson indicates an exceptional growing season, so I’m expecting big things from this year's releases.  While the best fresh hop beers tend to appear toward the end of the season, the...

Southfarthing Girdly Fine Grain Amber Ale

I was recently brought back a souvenir from a trip to Hobbiton, and uniquely amongst souvenirs, this one was perfect.  A bottle from the range of beers (and ciders) served at that living monument to the Lord of the Rings movie, and crafted to evoke the same quaintly...