Garage Project Tiny But Mighty

Light IPAs have made great strides in the past few years, but a truly alcohol-free example that still drinks well has always seemed like an impossible target.  But this year some brewers have finally begun to make the breakthrough.  The aroma in this sub-0.5 per cent offering is superb, with a Mosaic-led assembly of zesty lemon lime citrus overlaying more pungent tropical and gooseberry notes.  The flavour kicks off with more punchy citrus and a slight (but undeniably present) clean malt.  The flavours move along at a pace too, which is important.  The high velocity of the mouthfeel, allows it to skip over the mid-palate void where these beers usually collapse, and skip straight into the pleasantly full tropical finish. It then levels out and wraps up nice and clean.  It can’t 100 per cent emulate an IPA with a conventional malt base, but it’s a huge step forward from many past examples.

Tuatara Moving To BrewTown from Kapiti

DB-owned Tuatara are moving from Paraparaumu, with a plan to relocate to Upper Hutt’s Brewtown. The move, expected to be completed this year, will end more two decades as a Kāpiti Coast business. Heineken-owned DB, which bought the brand in 2017, said it was investing...

Thief Tropic Myopic West Coast Pilsner

‘West Coast’ pilsner is still something of an emerging style, with the first few examples popping up at the tail end of last year.  While its attributes are yet to be entirely codified in New Zealand, the trend is towards big, maximalist pilsners that push the New...

Pacific Coast Chop Hazy Double IPA

In my experience, hazy IPAs are one of the worst offenders when it comes to losing balance as they are scaled up into the imperial spectrum.  Too many oats, too much lactose or just too little bitterness too often leads to a flabby, oversweet flavour blowout.  So,...

Behemoth X Block 15 Something Big & Resinous

This Double IPA was originally brewed State-ide by Block 15 Brewery in Corvallis, Oregon, using Clayton Hops fresh Riwaka hop oil as its secret ingredient.  No secrets in this local re-brew — just a profundity of Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Columbus, Nectaron and El...

Farewell to Beer Legend Ted Verrity

Ted Verrity, long time champion of New Zealand craft beer, died in the early hours of 1 January 2024, aged 84. It was a sad day for many who have been involved in New Zealand’s beer scene over the years, with Ted one of the biggest fans of beer I have ever met. Ted,...

Rising Beer Prices — $20 Pints Are Coming

New Zealand’s craft beer sector is having to operate in a difficult space at the moment — inflation is high and cost pressures are continuing to grow. With cost absorption no longer a financially sustainable option for most, it means breweries and bars are being...