Boneface
The polar opposite of hazy on the India Pale spectrum, the India Pale Lager is a rare and frequently excellent style that I’m always on the hunt for.  Wandering IPL (6 per cent ABV) from Bach Brewing brings together a huge US/NZ medley of Mosaic, Citra, Idaho 7, Motueka and Nectaron hops.  Bright and sharp on the nose, with pineapple and nectarine, zingy lemon/lime citrus and gentle pine.  The beautifully ripe citrus and cooling pine race over the smooth and dry malt base to create a character that’s both satisfyingly fruity and deeply quenching, finishing short, bitter and incredibly clean.  If hazy IPA is a fruit bomb, this is a fruit laser beam.

Boneface Brewing, Brothers Beer In Liquidation

New Zealand's craft beer industry suffered another setback today with both Boneface Brewing and Brothers Beer going in to liquidation. The good news for Boneface is that there is contract is in place for the sale of the brewery and brand. Brothers Beer, formerly in...

Glory To Desperate Glory — NWBCA Supreme Winner

Desperate Glory, this year’s Supreme Winner at the New World Beer & Cider Awards is a genuine beer-lovers beer but it’s also the kind of beer that everyone should try once in a lifetime. A collab between 8 Wired and tiny Auckland experimental brewery, Small Gods,...

The Beer Project — Shining Peak

I arrive at Shining Peak on a hot, sunny Taranaki morning in January. New Plymouth has just lost the crown of NZ's sunniest town to Tekapo, after two years on top, but founder and head brewer Jesse Sigurdsson isn't fazed. There has still been plenty of good golfing...

New World Beer & Cider Awards — Highly Commended

It's incredibly difficult to get into the Top 30 at the New World Beer & Cider Awards so any beer or cider that gets a highly commended gong is effectively a gold medal beer. https://hoppiness.co.nz/new-world-beer-cider-awards-top-30-2 8 Wired Cloudtripper —...

New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30

It seems like every year there’s a better, more diverse selection of styles in the New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30 — and the 10th edition stands out. The Top 30 features established — and popular — craft brands such as Garage Project, Parrotdog, Emerson’s,...

Instagratification: Dusty’s Fresh Hop Picks 2024

Photographer, beer-lover and Instagram influencer Dusty, picks his highlights from the Fresh Hop season of 2024. Brave Brewing Helping Hands My fresh hop beer of the year is also a contender for beer of the year, Brave Brewing Helping Hands 2024 is just beautiful. A...