Winner of the European Ale category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards. Garage Project’s Chance Luck and Magic (8.2per cent) combines three years of 100 per cent spontaneously fermented beer, founder and head brewer Pete Gillespie describes the beer as the ultimate expression of the Wild Workshop project, and ‘wild’ just about describes it.  A lilting aroma of dried fruit, toasted walnut and complex oak is punctuated by a razor sharp tang that hints at the force of the flavour pent up within.  That flavour is brutally sour at first, but soon coalesces into a symphony of incredible depth and structure, treating the palate to a vast permutation of flavours on the way to the exceptionally long finish.  Arresting and confrontational, while intricately complex and fragile.  An intrinsically individual beer, and as such, is one that may never exist in exactly the same form again.

What’s on offer at Beervana

I’m already licking my lips at what’s on offer at next week’s Beervana festival in Wellington next week.

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