cassels nectaron double ipa

Cassels Nectaron IPA is still my go to for a core range beer showcasing this terrific new hop, so this (ostensibly) double IPA version (8.2%) caught my eye immediately.  Bright and sharp aromas of passionfruit, pineapple and nectarine leap out of the nose, with tropical guava hovering further in.  On the palate there’s concentrated stone fruit and orange citrus before big chewy malt and a late but firm bitterness.  A big and weighty IPA with great concentration of flavour and a good malt presence that gives the palate extra fortification for winter drinking. 

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...

Thief Brewing Steal the Show

My recent visit to Thief Brewing could hardly be called travel, situated practically on my doorstep amongst the hills and farmland of Tai Tapu, in rural Banks Peninsula.  But nevertheless, as I wound my way up the (perilously narrow) access road that coils up the...

8 Wired For Sale

8 Wired Brewing is up for sale. But fear not, there's good reasons for it, with owners Soren and Monique Eriksen wanting a change of pace in their lives and to potentially travel, including spending time back in Soren's native Denmark. New Zealand's champion brewery...

Galbraith’s — Old-Fashioned Heaven

The first beer I fell in love with was something warm and whiffy in a warm and whiffy bar somewhere in London several decades ago. You never forget the first one, they say and when my youngest daughter moved to London recently, I urged her to have a pint for me in one...

Profile: Tuatara Head Brewer Paul Roigard

Paul Roigard should really brew a Radler — the Tuatara head-brewer is a mad keen cyclist and what’s more, it was a cycle trip from Cape Reinga to Bluff in 2016 that started him on his late-life beer-career change. Roigard was in his late-30s, living in Melbourne,...