Lion buys Panhead
As announced by Panhead this morning: From July 1 this year, Panhead Custom Ales will become part of the Lion Group. More here.
New look for Pursuit of Hoppiness
New Zealand’s only craft beer magazine Pursuit of Hoppiness has had a makeover. Editor Michael Donaldson says the new design is being produced by Auckland’s Pumpt – “they've worked to a great brief on a more modern, vibrant looking magazine ... it looks great.” The new issue has articles from all previous Beer Writers of the Year – Michael himself, Phil Cook on gender and beer, Jono Galuszka on Epic and yeast, and Neil Miller on the Great Kiwi Beer Festival. Look out for Pursuit of Hoppiness’ bumper winter issue in bars and retailers from next month.
Barley crop data in
Malteurop reports the 2015/15 barley season was “pleasing to say the least”. North Island regions had record summer temperatures. Warm and dry El Nino conditions gave good yields and very good quality. Canterbury was affected by late January rains during an otherwise dry summer, which demonstrated the importance of irrigation. Malteurop says the weather has returned to normal rain patterns after the El Nino, which will allow soil moistures to recover for next season’s crops.
There’s an app for that
The Gladfield Malt app allows brewers to quickly and accurately convert malt types between different ranges. The app also gives brewers freedom to convert overseas recipes to Gladfield malts with a click of a button. Use our extensive range of high quality, consistent craft malts to brew your usual recipe and taste the Gladfield difference. It also includes a handy metric/imperial converter specifically tailored for brewing units. The app was develop by Nathan Crabbe from Broodoo Brewing Software. The custom-built Gladfield Malt app is available now from both the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
Hopstock winners announced
The hopheads have chosen – The finest beer produced for Hopstock 2016 is … Garage Project The Amazing Hop Boy IPA! No.2 is Fork Brewing’s Champagne Supernova fresh hopped Brett IPA; 3rd equal is North End’s Forty South Green Hop Reserve and ParrotDog’s Rare Bird Moa Wet Hopped Sour Ale.
Want to run a hop-country pub?
The Riwaka Hotel is looking for new operators. The traditional old pub, in Tasman’s hop growing district, is being renovated now and owner John Freeman told Stuff he was looking for fresh talent. “We want someone to develop it, there's so much potential there for the travellers and tourists that is untapped we could have a wonderful cafe operating during the day out of the hotel.” John also indicated the pub could be for sale if the price was right: “There's all sorts of options, there's an option to take the lease or take the lot.”
Blenheim? Beavertown? Beertown?
Moa founder and Cicerone Josh Scott is behind a move to change Blenheim’s name. The group advocating change wants to drop ‘Blenheim’ (named after a town in Austria) and replace it with ‘Marlborough City’ to play off Marlborough’s international reputation as a wine region. Other options include Waiharakeke (traditional, describes the local environment in New Zealand’s unique official language); Beavertown (old nickname for Blenheim, but already taken); and Beertown (make me a generous offer).