craft beer version 3.0

Brothers Beer are starting the new year’s seasonal brewing off with the cleverly named Martin Scores Hazy, a big Nectaron and Mosaic driven imperial hazy IPA (8 per cent).  Both bold and extremely fruity hops, Mosaic and Nectaron should be a good combo for a strong hazy. Big, bright mandarin and grapefruit come out first on the nose, with pungent passionfruit and rockmelon not far behind.  A streak of zingy acidity flashes across the start of the palate, before an intensely ripe and sweet stone fruit character takes over and hangs on hard until the bitterness finally rises in the finish.  The body on this one is extra full, taking palate weight right to the line for even a double hazy.  If you like your hazy IPAs big, bold and decadently sweet then this one will surely satisfy.

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...