New craft bars in Wellington - Husk has opened down a lane at 62 Ghuznee St, Wellington. The former kick boxing gym has been spectacularly transformed into a cafe/bar by Kerry Gray (Choice Bros Brewing) and Mike Pullin (Karamu Coffee). Now serving food (from breakfast) and beer and stuff, the coffee roaster will be installed soon. The brewery, from Premier Stainless Steel, is expected to be squeezed into the site next month.
Meanwhile, at the other end of town, Dillinger's opened on Midland Park, Lambton Quay, with 18 taps and a comprehensive range of New Zealand craft beer. In its opening week Dillinger's was pouring local breweries including Black Dog and Kereru, plus out-of-town offerings from Epic, McLeod's and Beer Baroness.
6200L brewery for sale - Remember how Beertown told you Harringtons has moved out of its famous Ferry Rd site in Christchurch? That brewery equipment is now for sale through Industrial Brokers Ltd here. The package includes everything from the boiler to the forklift - brewhouse, mill, kettle, mash tun, hot liquor tank/whirlpool, 11 fermenters (79,000L), 44 bright/conditioning tanks (255,000L), bottling line and more. If you've out-grown your Grainfather, start dropping hints now in time for Christmas...
Events this week
New Release Tuesday: Modern Times ICE Pilsner - 5pm today, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. ICE is the first pilsner to come out of Modern Times, and by the looks of it they've taken a more 'new world' approach:
Santa Session - 6.30pm today, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. This will be the sixth time we hold this "opening of our cellar", where stock that's outstayed its welcome gets the boot.
2nd Annual Rare & Wild Christmas Beer Tasting - 8pm tomorrow, The Hop House, 297 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga. This year we have lineup up 5 of the most ridiculous flavour bombs that will have your taste buds spasming in a hop, malt and yeast fueled rampage! Your $30 ticket will include approx. 150ml of all 5 Rare and Wild beers plus some tasty Yuletide snacks from the kitchen
Soul Slap! Funk Collab Launch - Thursday, Lumsden Freehouse, 448 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Auckland. Hey Funky Followers. Come along to The Lumsden Freehouse Thursday the 8th and have a taste of the beer you helped design! We asked for your input, and you delivered the goods. The passionfruit is coming through really really nice on this tart sour ale. See you there!
Free Ride Red Double IPA Fundraiser for Westpac Helicopter - Friday, Pizza Barn (Waipu), Tahi Bar (Warkworth), The Beer Spot, My Bar, Brewers Co-operative, Auckland.
Epic Beer's 11th Birthday Bash - Friday, Brew on Quay, 102 Quay St, Auckland.
Events next week
Old Beer 2: Another Evening of Aged Beer - 6pm Wednesday 14 December, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. Last year's old beer tasting went so well, we've decided to hold it again! We'll be seeing how a few of the beers are tasting a year on, and a whole lot of new old beers. Traditionally beers that age well are strong and malty, but recently this wisdom has been challenged by a few members of the beer community who claim other styles age just as well. At this tasting we'll be trying aged examples of both, in a quest to answer the age old question: "is fresh best?"
A Very Punky Christmas - Friday 16 December, Punky Brewster Craft Beer Fillery, 22b Tyne St, Christchurch
BorderStop Popup Xmas Beer Store - Saturday 17 December, 24 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
BorderStop Popup Xmas Beer Store - Friday 23 December, 24 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
Kegs for Kaikoura - 24 December, Two Thumb Brewing, 352 Manchester St, Christchurch. A fundraising beer festival to raise money to support the Kaikoura region! Seventeen Canterbury breweries will be represented on the day, with all proceeds going to support the Kaikoura regions recovery. There will be plenty of beer and variety, take away riggers will also be available for that last minute gift.
Beast of a Feast - Tuesday 3 January, Soper Reserve, Mt Maunganui. Beast of a Feast is aimed at celebrating the sweeping popularity of craft beer with a select range of brewers offering beers that cater for the reserved to the adventurous. The feast element is without a doubt a beast with a focus on meat that has either been cooked over flames or locked away and smoked within an inch of its life. All done with the purpose of honouring the perfect synergy between meat & beer!
Queenstown Summer Beer Festival - Wednesday 14 January, Memorial Centre sports field, Queenstown. This one-day event will showcase 6 local breweries from Queenstown and Wanaka as well as others from outside the area: Garage Project, 8 Wired, Tuatara, Renaissance, Zeffer and more.
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2017 - Saturday 28 January, Hagley Park, Christchurch
Twisted Hop Cider Festival - Saturday 11 February, Twisted Hop Pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch
New Zealand Homebrewers Conference - 24-26 March, Founders Park, Nelson
MarchFest Nelson - Saturday 25 March, Founders Park, Nelson
GABS Auckland - Saturday June 17, Auckland
Beervana 2017 - 11-12 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Behemoth Sauvin Slayer Double IPA (8%) - This NZ Double IPA is one that has been in the works for years. All Nelson Sauvin hopped in Whirlpool and Dryhop, it has light malt base and smells of tropical dank fruit and punches you in the face with NZ hoppy goodness!
Behemoth White and Nerdy White IPA (6.2%) - Our interpretation of a white IPA using new German hop Hallertau Blanc along with old favorites US Cascade Citra and Galaxy. Using pale malt, wheat malt and oats it has a great mouth feel and really carries the hop combination. Think tropical, grapefruit, floral and herbaceous. Summer IPA drinking.
Behemoth Tropical Mo Fo Tropical Pale Ale (5.2%) - Tropical Mo is our usual style hoppy pale ale with NZ Cascade, Nelson Sauvin, Riwaka and Galaxy then we added pineapple, passionfruit and mango for what will likely one of the most aromatic pale ales you may ever try.