baylands waifly 8

Baylands Waifly, now in its eighth iteration, is one of the recurring fresh hop releases on my “can’t miss” list.  It’s routinely one of the very best every season, and this year’s is no exception.  Fresh Nelson Sauvin leads the charge on the nose, with gloriously fresh passionfruit sorbet alongside Waifly’s signature gummy bear lollies.  Ripe and fresh on the tongue with sharp citrus rind and a streak of cooling menthol before the firm bitterness grips the finish. Another exceptional vintage for a beer that Baylands can confidentiality regard as a New Zealand fresh hop classic.

Beer Baroness Double Danger

Beer Baroness Double Danger, an Imperial Hoppy Red Ale (7.9%abv) is the first from their upcoming range of barrel-aged limited releases. Lady Danger (one of the all-time classics from the Christchurch brewery) serves as the platform for this imperial red ale, further...

Hop Federation Deep Space IPL

There’s been quite a few beers bouncing around recently that have showcased trial hops from the NZ Hops Ltd's Bract Brewing Project.  They’ve run the usual gamut of quality, but in terms of styles, it’s been India Pale Lagers like this one that I’ve found best...

Emerson’s Once Upon A Time In The West

Of the emerging styles seen over the last year (or two) West Coast Pilsner looks to be the one gaining the most traction.  Whether this new style is outpacing the previously emerging Cold IPA or merely presenting the same thing with a more fashionable name is a...

Garage Project X Alvarado Street Nelson Sun Club

Nelson Sun Club Fresh Hopped IPA (6.6%) is No.14 in Garage Project’s Hāpi Sessions series of collab brews with industry luminaries from across the globe. This West Coast-style IPA is inspired by Monterey (California) brewers Alvarado Street. It’s also a new...

Wanaka Beerworks X Beers Garstonstein

You thought you were safe.  You thought fresh hop season was over, but it just keeps on going… This one really is special though, I promise.  Garstonstein is joint release from Wanaka Beerworks and Christchurch’s Beers is unique in that its Nelson Sauvin...

Pacific Coast Tapawera Sunrise

Some beers are simply born for a fresh hop version, and Pacific Coast Tapawera Sunrise, a Double NZ Pilsner (6%) out of Mangawhai is one of them.  Its dank and meandering herbaceous notes were primed for an injection of fresh hop magic to really make them come alive. ...