This wee new release from Urbanaut is a true lite beer at only 2.5% ABV; well past the dubiously broad ‘session’ bracket.  As such, it has the incredibly hard task of bringing the absolute minimum amount of malt to bear without the flavour falling into an insipid fizzy abyss.  So can this one pull it off? The aroma absolutely does, bringing sweet orange citrus, peach and white grape with an impact you’d expect in something at least twice the strength.  But the nose is the easy part, it’s the palate where the balancing act so often topples for these lite beers, but Juno, I’m pleased to say, lands it confidently.  Rather than presenting any huge upfront fruit, the flavour starts off mild and stays mild, which allows those hop driven aspects to sustain through to the finish, avoiding the trap of collapsing the mid-palate by trying to balance too many hops on top of it. This is a lite beer that really nails it, and it’s also not the first really good low ABV hazy I’ve encountered this year.  As much as I’m not a fan of the hazy application in big double IPAs, I think hazy really has something going for it on the other end of the spectrum.

A Mixed Six with Badass beverages

We’re going a bit meta on this one. Regular readers will know that Dave Pearce of Badass Beverages usually writes the Mixed Six, but in the wake of Badass winning a trophy at the NZ Beer Awards, we thought we’d turn the tables on him …

Yeastie Boys Lazy Slam Hazy Pale Ale

Yeastie Boys are back and the first beer of their four available that caught my eye was a blue 330ml tin which featured a dude swimming on the label and it made me realise that summer isn’t too far away and the cold wet winter weather is just temporary and will soon...

Style Corner: Grisette The Little Grey One

Grisette (meaning ‘little grey one’), emerged in the Hainaut province of Belgium during the 18th century, just as the Industrial Revolution was picking up steam.

Diary of a Hop Farmer: Surviving winter

In the second part of his Diary of a Hop Farmer, Josh Lewis details how life plays out on a hop farm during winter.

Monkfish New venture for Hargreaves

If you’re a craft beer fan in Wellington there’s a high chance you’ve been handed a pint by Dan Hargreaves.

What not to say at a beer festival

So you’re going to a beer festival and are worried about saying the wrong thing. Don’t be!