From Matangi, Hamilton, Bootleg Brewery always seem to be fairly quiet producers, right up until awards season when they always seem to be back on my radar. This year it’s for their New World Top-30 winning smoked stout, T Straight (5.9% ABV). Seriously smoky on the nose, with cedar and smoldering beechwood floating above the dark roasted coffee and chocolate from the roasted malts. The palate shows a flash of salty driftwood before the dark malt flavours go on display. It wraps up keenly dry for a stout, as the smoke winds its way around the firm bitterness into the long finish. Tremendous winter drinking, and a superb match for rich and savoury comfort food.
Isthmus Figaro Imperial StoutSunday 14 August 2022
Isthmus Brewing’s Figaro, a fig and chocolate imperial stout (9% ABV) is intensely dark in colour, crowned by a coffee crema head. The aroma begins with notes of cocoa powder…
Deep Creek Leo extroverted Hazy IPAThursday 11 August 2022
Reviewer Josh Lee says Deep Creek Leo Extroverted Hazy IPA is the best hazy he's tried this year and recommends it highly.
Boneface The Wolf Bites Back Triple Cold IPAWednesday 10 August 2022
Boneface The Wolf Bites Back Triple Cold IPA is a complex mix of sharp citrus and softer tropicals, with pungent rosewater and light malt sweetness.
Hop Federation Glory Glory West Coast IPAWednesday 10 August 2022
I love the team at Hop Federation and I think they love me because they are always looking after me with beermail and in today we have their latest westie,…