Brave Brewing Tigermilk

What I really like about Brave Brewing Co (and their beer) is that they keep things simple.  Their range features seven styles which easily cover the beer spectrum offering an option for all avid beer drinkers. Tigermilk IPA follows that mantra: its simple, packed full of flavour and the best part is … it’s bitter! The first sign that you are onto something great is when you pour from the bottle and greeted with a bright, light caramel coloured liquid that’s super-clean and yes … not hazy! Brave use a mixture of old and new school American hops which I believe is the secret to their success.  The new school hops add wonderful citrus and stone fruit flavours which are blended beautifully with some older US hop varieties giving the beer a nice balanced bitterness (something that’s missing in many of the beers you see on the shelves today).  The mouthfeel is light but slightly creamy which just adds more positivity to the drinking experience. Tigermilk is true to style and ticks all the boxes when it comes to a clean, simple IPA.  Earthy notes, low malts, med-strong aromas and plenty of well-balanced bitterness. I give this beer a solid 9/10 sitting firmly at the top of Crafty’s top 5 for 2021.  It’s re-ignited my love for old school IPAs, so stay tuned as I navigate my way through a few more cans in the coming months and share my experiences with you.

Panhead Batch 206

A couple of years ago I visited Panhead brewery, the jewel in the crown of Upper Hutt’s Brewtown.  As with all such visits, when it came to the taproom, I skipped straight past the core range and got stuck into tasting the experimental one-off brews that I wouldn’t...

Beer Baroness Double Danger

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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...

Derelict Brewing Exit In Style

One of New Zealand's most loved and respected breweries, Derelict in North Canterbury, has shut up shop. But as owner-brewer Sam Cottier is quick to point out, while it's a shock for some, it's not a sad day. Sam and his wife Natalie made the decision to shut the...

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...

Fermented Culture — Verrity’s Wake

The first column in a series about beer and culture by Kieran Haslett-Moore. Verrity’s Wake It’s the hottest day of the year, tomorrow will be even hotter. Ted has come to the end of his journey. The pub is full to send him on his way. Frances has been gone 8 long...