Auckland Beer Week - 15-22 June, various venues, Auckland. SOBA-organised series of events in the prelude to GABS.
Tiramisu Oatmeal Stout & XV Aged Russian Imperial Stout Release - 5.50pm today 15 June, Tuatara Third Eye, 30 Arthur St, Te Aro, Wellington.
Galbraiths & Beertique Present the Best of British – 16-19 June, Galbraith’s Alehouse, 2 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland. With five rotating taps you will see 15 different beers from five different British breweries. For this event you will see some beers seen in New Zealand before as well as some very special one off kegs that will only be poured at this event.
Gigantic Takes Over Vultures – 3pm Thursday 16 June, Vultures Lane, Vulcan Lane, Auckland.
Five Tasty Taps: McLeod's Brewery at the Lumsden - Thursday 16 June, The Lumsden Freehouse, 444 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Auckland
Darkest Days: a showcase of stouts, porters and dark beers - From Friday 17 June, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl. Wellington
Beer & Oysters at The Lumsden – 3pm Friday 17 June, The Lumsden Freehouse, 444 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Auckland
IPA Party! – 5pm Friday 17 June, Brothers Beer, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland
Blackout: Dark beer tap takeover – 17-19 June, Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Rd, Christchurch 14 taps of porters, stouts and deliciously dark beer delicacies! None of these beers have been seen in the Twisted Hop before, and some of them haven't even been seen in New Zealand
It's Alive! Alive! Alive! - noon, Saturday 18 June, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranake St, Wellington. Reanimate your taste buds with flights of Mikkeller It's Alive Belgian Pale Ale with Brettanomyces. We'll be serving three different version of It's Alive in a side-by-side flight featuring: It's Alive White Wine Barrel Aged; It's Alive Grand Marnier Barrel Aged; It's Alive Chardonnay Barrel Aged with Mangoes
Toasting the Toastman - 1pm Saturday 18 June, Fork & Brewer, Bond St, Wellington. Come and raise a toast to the Toast Man, Maurice Bennett, a beloved figure in the Wellington hospitality sector and the arts community. This event is an opportunity for people to raise a pint to Maurice (founder of Island Bay Brewing) and share a few stories (if you do not have a Maurice story then you probably never met him). Everyone is invited! Maurice was a talented, generous, creative and loving chap – and this is a chance to say goodbye and thank you to a little guy who lived life large.
GABS 2016 Beer, Cider & Food Fest – Saturday 18 June, ASB Showgrounds, Epsom, Auckland
Meet the Brewer with Garage Project – Wednesday 22 June, The Hop House, 297 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui. Part of Garage Project June at The Hop House.
Queenstown NZIPA Challenge - 24 June - 3 July, Smiths Craft Beer House, Queenstown. Twenty of New Zealand's finest brewers compete for the best "one off" NZ-hopped IPA during Winterfest
Mid-Winters Ale Festival – Saturday 25 June, Rolleston Community Centre, Christchurch
Beer & Food Match Degustation – 6pm Sunday 26 June, McCashin’s Brewery, Kitchen and Bar, 660 Main Rd, Stoke, Nelson. This full and unique experience includes: beverage and finger food on arrival, brewery tour through the iconic McCashin’s Brewery, five course matched degustation menu featuring 3 guest brews and 2 of our very best presented by the extremely knowledgeable Geoff Griggs - beer commentator, writer and world class beer judge.
Seven Point Palmy Exploding Minds Tasting Technique - 7pm Tuesday 5 July, Celtic Inn, Palmerston North. Join us, Good Beer Disciples of Palmerston North, to continue your training with your beloved master Jono Galuszka. Learn the secrets of the Ancient Beer Tasting Techniques known as the "Vibrating Taste of Life". No really!
Best of the USA: Craft beer and American food - Wednesday 29 June, Fine Wine Delivery Co, somewhere in Auckland
9th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge - 29 July, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington
Tuatara Tiramisu Oatmeal Stout (7%) - Our new winter seasonal BLACK release for 2016 is a rich, creamy oatmeal stout infused with the indulgent charms of Mojo Coffee La Jacoba beans, Wellington Chocolate Factory Dominican Republic cacao nibs and Heilala Vanilla's Bourbon vanilla.Layers of semi sweet chocolate, espresso coffee and subtle sweet vanilla. Licorice, earthy finish. Available from today.
Tuatara XV Aged Russian Imperial Stout (11%) - Our XV limited edition Russian Imperial Stout was brewed especially in 2015 for our 15th birthday. It has been cellared over the past year and, just like this brewery, has improved with age, honing those rich, chocolatey, malty ﬂavours. XV won a silver medal in the Porter & Stout category at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards last year, and the aging process has done wonderful things to it. Strong chocolate with hints of dried fruit and brioche. Faint hint of bourbon and vanilla. Smooth on the palate with chocolate aroma. Available from today.
Sunshine Brewery Sugarman American Barley Wine (10.5%) - Loaded with Amercan hops for a very big tropical fruit flavor and aroma. Available exclusively at the Sunshine Brewery taproom from tomorrow.
Malthouse Darkest Days Line Up:
Brewaucrassy Night Shift 2014 8.9% Bretted Porter
Baylands Knight Ryder 5.8% Aged Cocoa Stout
Funk Estate Super Afro-Disiac 2016 8% Imperial Aphrodisiac Stout
Funk Estate Afro Gato 2015 8.5% Imperial Coffee Stout
Garage Project Cabbage And Kings 2015 12% Imperial Oyster & Horopito Stout
Hallertau Thompson 2014 8.8% Whisky Barrel Aged Double Stout
Hop Federation 2014 Barrel Aged Stout 7%
Panhead Hardtail Henry 8% Oaked Stout
Parrotdog/Two Birds Collaboration 2014 9% American Stout
Renaissance/Liberty/Fork Brewing Rangipur 2015 9% Hoppy Stout
Renaissance Tribute 2010.7% Barley Wine
Renaissance Woodsman 2016 6.6% Belgian Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout
Magic Rock Common Grounds 4.5% Coffee Porter
Magic Rock Dark Arts 6% Stout
Sunshine Brewing Czar Bomb 9.6% Russian Imperial Stout
Thornbridge Cocoa Wonderland 6.8% Cocoa Porter
Fork Brewing Divine Brown (Nitro) 5.3% Mocha Brown Ale
Fork Brewing Parallel Importer 4.9% Porter
Lord Almighty Ursus Stout 12% Imperial Stout
Liberty Darkest Days (On Hand Pull) 6% Oatmeal Stout
Fork Brewing Skywalker Stout (Cask) 9% Oaked Imperial Stout