Fermented culture
From Oamaru’s Belgian style maestros, Craftwork, this bottle-conditioned Tripel presents the telltale aroma of sweetly pungent spice over a richer and chewier than expected malt base.  The palate too is heftier than your typical Belgian example, with the pilsner, Vienna and toffee malts running the full length and breadth of the palate  Cinnamon spiciness and golden syrup sweetness intertwine with the fruity esters of the Belgian yeast to form a finish that’s initially rich and robust, but in time lifts into the more light and ethereal character of traditional Tripel.  Decant with care, as too much of that yeast sediment will quickly bulldoze those more fragile flavors.

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...

Mr Goodbar — Matakana

Funny that urge you sometimes get to head out of town for an interesting beer. And, really, it’s one of those urges you should just surrender to. Which is how I found myself, late on a Friday morning, departing the raging charms of Auckland for something altogether...

Panhead Founder Buys Boneface

Panhead founder Mike Neilson and his wife Anna are set to be the new owners of Boneface Brewing. The couple will formally take over on or about July 1, depending on licensing other compliance issues. However, until then they are managing the business on behalf of the...

Garage Project X Alvarado Street Nelson Sun Club

Nelson Sun Club Fresh Hopped IPA (6.6%) is No.14 in Garage Project’s Hāpi Sessions series of collab brews with industry luminaries from across the globe. This West Coast-style IPA is inspired by Monterey (California) brewers Alvarado Street. It’s also a new...

Mythica — An Auckland Hidden Gem

Tucked away in a light industrial area on Auckland’s North Shore is one of the hidden gems of the Auckland craft beer scene. Many of the readers of this fine magazine will never have heard of Mythica Brewing; you won’t find their beers on tap in your local bar (except...

What’s In Your Glass — Shapes Or Adjectives

How do you feel about ordering shapes or adjectives? What am I talking about? Ordering a tap beer. In New Zealand, there is little to no transparency on poured beer volumes sold - a phenomenon that stretches across all kinds of venues from restaurants to sports bars....