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. 

Fade to Black: Can Pastry Stouts Save Dark Beer?

This article started off as an in-depth look at the shrinking dominion of dark beer, and a depressing examination of how it ended up in its sorry state.  But writing that turned into a place my motivation went to die, and while you could draw some very meta...

Volstead Valkyrie Juniper & Hibiscus Hazy Pale Ale

This is the latest in Volstead's range of Nordic-inspired beers infused with juniper berries and brewed with Kveik yeast.  This edition from the Christchurch brewery also sports a huge addition of hibiscus, which comes through right from the rosey colour.  The...

Brave Brewing Tigermilk IPA

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...

Issue 59 Winter 2021

Parrotdog celebrate 10 years, Townshend back on national stage, Read all about Burkes Brewing #FakeNews. How much beer is really in your glass? Sustainability in action on Great Barrier Island.

Beyond the Beer: Conversations about Diversity

A conversation has started in New Zealand about inclusion and diversity within the beer industry, sparked by a global #MeToo movement. Denise Garland spoke to two prominent women in the sector, Brewers Guild Executive Director, Sabrina Kunz, and the Chair of Pink Boots NZ, Nicola Kay, who are helping to lead that discussion and encourage change.

East Or West, Hazy or Clear?

IPA.  A beer style so transcendentally popular that it inevitably began to spawn sub-styles.  Red, black, while, Cold, Brut … the list kept growing.  But it was that West Coast American style of big, resinous and bitter beer that rose to power and became the model for...