swifty

A new all-American hopped West Coast IPA from Taupo’s Lakeman, with Amarillo, Citra and Zythos in the mix.  There’s lime and grapefruit up first on the nose, with a distinct Zythos’y tangerine note rising further back.  Remarkably focused grapefruit on the palate, with some pine and very faint passionfruit mixed in with the light and fresh malt base.  All good stuff, but the most striking thing about this 6.9 per cent IPA is the bitterness.  It kicks in right from the front of the palate, like chomping straight down on a grapefruit (skin and all), and it stays meshed with the citrus flavour right through to the finish.  Impactful, arresting and laser focused on its style.  One of the top IPAs I’ve tasted this year.

Powerhouse Collab Launches Swifty

A new beer is not usually enough to justify a story but when you’re talking powerhouse brand names Nadia Lim and Garage Project, a beer called Swifty might be in a different league. I was wondering only recently when New Zealand might see a celebrity-driven beer that...

Brothers Beer Back In Business

Brothers Beer are back in business and aim to pay off all their creditors by the end of 2024 says new general manager Frans Bos. They’ve had a management restructure, just hired Dylan Adams as head brewer after he lost his job when Deep Creek went into liquidation...

Police Defend Dunedin Festival

Police are happy with behaviour at the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival earlier this month despite the event generating international headlines after two assaults — one inside the venue, one outside. Festival director Jason Schroeder felt the bad publicity...

Free Glass Flagon Scheme Launches Nationwide

Dozens of high-profile breweries around the country, including Garage Project, Parrotdog and Emerson's, are today launching a scheme that provides customers with free, returnable, 1-litre glass flagons for takeaway beer purchased at taprooms and filleries. Backed by...

Hop Federation Hold The Line NZIPA

It was already shaping up to be a pretty good year for New Zealand IPAs — and Hop Federation have nudged it a little closer to a great one with this new limited release, Hold The Line.  Powered by Southern Cross, Taiheke and Nectaron, all of which should be found...

UPDATED: Deep Creek Owes More Than $4m

Deep Creek Brewing went into liquidation last week owing more than $4 million. The first report from liquidator Rodgers Reidy noted that Deep Creek Brewing Operations Ltd owed unsecured creditors around $3.5 million. They also owed ASB $603,845. Money owed to secured...

Wanaka Beer Fest Puts the Focus on Local

The Wanaka Beer Fest, set for the first weekend in December, is a real showcase for local beer and bites. The beer fest is always a great day out – organisers James Julian and James Hay do a great job at providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere with great entertainment...

Panhead Supercharger X Double APA

Creating a great new beer is a fraught and illusive enterprise, requiring inspiration, experimentation and restraint in equal measure.  But what if there was another way?  What if one could simply take an already colossally popular release and just… make it more? In...

Fears Over Health Warnings On Beer

The Australian federal government has taken the first, small, step towards putting cigarette-like health warnings on alcohol. The Australian federal government is seeking advice on options to raise public awareness about alcohol harm after doctors’ groups launched a...

Paddy Gower-Inspired IPA Concentrate

Wellington-based craft soda maker Six Barrel Soda has entered the realm of non-alcoholic ‘beer’ with the creation of ZERO’LEARY — a non-alcoholic IPA-inspired concentrate. Made in collaboration with ThreeNow’s Paddy Gower Has Issues, this unique hoppy beverage is...

What Tuatara’s new skin says about the beer game

Tuatara’s move to cans for all their packaged beer, along with a rationalisation of their core six-pack offering, is a good indicator of where the craft beer market is headed. Tuatara dabbled in cans last year but finally took the full aluminum plunge in August — and...

Froth Tech Brewing Up Something Wild

The “taste of New Zealand” is about to turn up in a beer, thanks to the amazing work of the team at Froth Tech who’ve isolated a wild brewing yeast from Aotearoa’s wilderness. The yeast strain, named Wilding, will be used in a beer of the same name brewed by Emerson’s...

Blokequet — A Beer For Mental Wellbeing

­­Once upon a sunny Thursday afternoon in Morningside, a group of people gathered at Yeastie Boys' new spiritual home, Side Hustle, for a beer launch unlike any other. The air was filled with excitement and the delightful sound of beer cans being cracked open as...

Oat Cream Dream Team: Hazzy Hunter X Black Sands

It was an unassuming Saturday afternoon in Auckland, I was enjoying a few cold beverages down at the Urbanaut taproom in Kingsland whilst in the thick of a friend’s bachelor party and just before I went in for my second Toasted Marshmallow Hazy IPA, I saw two tall...

Brew Moon Hophead IPA XL

Brew Moon Hophead IPA is a beer with a very long history, one I myself found myself documenting last year on the brewery’s 20th anniversary.  But, as change comes to all things, so it does to one of New Zealand's most historic IPAs in the form of this ‘XL’ version. ...

Raw Beer Revolution

There’s a raw ale resurgence happening in beer right now, and visitors to the Funk On The Water festival in Wellington on Sunday, October, 22, can taste two unique examples — both featuring the input of Jamie McQuillan of Cell Division. McQuillan has his own...

Brothers Beer Avoids Liquidation But Venues Closed

Brothers Beer will avoid liquidation after shareholders agreed to inject more than $1 million into the business to keep it afloat and some creditors agreed to wear losses. The pub and restaurant side has been reduced from seven venues to just two in order to keep the...

Parrotdog Cold IPA

As the new Cold IPA style has continued to evolve, my taste for these deliciously bright and crispy beers has developed in kind.  As I’ve tasted my way through this year’s multitude of examples, the idea of what makes a "good" Cold IPA has suitably resolved in my mind...

New Zealand’s VIP IPAs

With the near-demise of Epic there was a risk that one of New Zealand's greatest IPAs — Armageddon — could have been lost forever. Tim Newman and Michael Donaldson reflect on the most important IPAs in New Zealand history. TIM IPA changed everything.   It...

Clayton Hops Enters Cryo Game

Hop producer Clayton Hops continues its massive investment in the value-add department. The independently-owned hop producer last year built its own pelletiser, a huge capital outlay in itself. Now New Zealand’s largest single hop grower has jumped on the thiol...