A light Belgian Blond (5.4 per cent) rested on watermelon. To my knowledge, this will be my first watermelon beer, so let’s see how this goes… On the nose the aromas are gentle and fresh, with the watermelon presenting more as a faintly fruity refreshing cucumber (they are related after all). That watermelon hits first on the palate, before the fruity ester and subtle spice of the Belgian character kicks in. Light bodied and only mildly bitter, this is a very easy drinking and supremely quenching take on a Belgian Blond. Maybe a little out of season as we head into the coldest part of the year, but just drink it in a warm room and picture the sun, you’ll be fine.
8 Wired Tour De FlandresMonday 8 August 2022
8 Wired’s Tour des Flandres spent the better part of three years ageing in red wine foeders (a traditional type of very large wine barrel). The malts and ageing have…
Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPAFriday 5 August 2022
Yeastie Boys are back in New Zealand, getting their beer brewed under contract with bStudio in Napier and distributing through Morningcider.
Zeelandt Brunhilde’s FateThursday 4 August 2022
Hawke’s Bay classicists Zeelandt won a gold medal at the recent NZ Beer Awards with this wonderfully true-to-style German Rauchbier, a beechwood smoked lager.
North End Grisette Brett ReserveWednesday 3 August 2022
North End have taken a distinctively floral grisette, and added a twist by bottle conditioning it with brettanomyces yeast.