This is the latest in Volstead’s range of Nordic-inspired beers infused with juniper berries and brewed with Kveik yeast.  This edition from the Christchurch brewery also sports a huge addition of hibiscus, which comes through right from the rosey colour.  The pungently piney juniper emerges first on the nose, with soft tropical fruit and sharp red berry from the hibiscus.  The flavour lands somewhere between the sticky pine of the juniper and the soft hazy fruitiness, with the hibiscus providing some lifting tartness.  I’m not sure what confluence of factors causes it, but for a 5% ABV beer the body is staggeringly full, carrying the weight and concentration of something twice as strong.  It may not be for everyone, but there’s a compelling balance of flavours here that you won’t find anywhere else.

Moa Sultana Single Hop IPA

This is part of Moa’s ongoing series of single hopped IPAs.  The hop this time around is a recent American variety that started life as the experimental X06277 before being commercially released as Sultana towards the end of 2019.  As hops go it’s a new one for me, so...

Baylands The Hops Awaken IPA

I was lucky enough to join the judging panel for the 2019 edition of The Malthouse WCIPA challenge so I know first-hand how revered a win is at one of New Zealand’s most prestigious beer events.  Epic and Parrotdog have dominated top spot for many years so I was...

Bach All Day Non-alcoholic IPA

Bach Brewing have just released a non-alcoholic IPA in six-pack format and it’s one of the best zero ABV beers I’ve tasted

Bread to Brew: the rise and rise of Derelict Brewing

Derelict Brewing has recently opened an online store, giving national reach to their hugely popular beers. Michael Donaldson talks to the No 1-rated brewery in New Zealand.

Urbanaut Juno Lite Hazy IPA

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...

Cassels APA wins World Beer Awards trophy

Christchurch brewery Cassels has continued its success at the annual World Beer Awards, taking out the trophy for the best America-style pale with their APA. The success with the APA comes after they won the best Milk Stout two years running, with the Milk Stout also...