Events & new releases 3 August

By BeertownNZ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 National

Events this week

Californian Craft Beer Tasting - 6.30pm tonight, Vultures Lane, Vulcan Lane, Auckland

Homebrew tasting - 5pm tonight, Brewtopia, 130 Tory St, Te Aro, Wellington

First Thursdays at The Beer Library: Potions and Possibilities Exhibitions - 4-11 August, The Beer Library, 363 Colombo St, Christchurch. We'll be hosting a pop-up art exhibition and conjuring up pints of the best local and international beers.

Behemoth Brewing 3rd Birthday - Friday 5 August, Pomeroys, Christchurch

Craft Barrel-Age Day - 2pm, Friday 5 August, Craft Hamilton, 15 Hood St, Hamilton. Townshend/Yeastie Boys Barrel-Aged Malted Apple Ale (8.7%), Fiasco Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Black Sour (5%), Zeelandt HauHau Barrel-Aged Saison (6.9%)

Blackout Dark Beer Festival - 5-7 August, The Hop House, 297 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui

Road to Beervana - 7-14 August, 51 events across thirtyleven venues in Wellington and, for the first time ever, Christchurch. Too many to list them all - check out the schedule here

Brew Day & Brewers' Barbecue - Sunday 7 August, Black Dog, 19 Blair St, Wellington. The bar will be open from noon sporting many of our award winning beers. When the brewing is done, we'll fire up the grill around 5pm where will be offering a selection of barbecued foods and a pint for $20. Tickets will available for purchase on the night at the bar.


Events next week

Road to Beervana - 7-14 August, 51 events across thirtyleven venues in Wellington and, for the first time ever, Christchurch. Too many to list them all - check out the schedule here

British Tap Takeover - Wednesday 10 August, One Fat Bird, 162 Karori Rd, Karori, Wellington

Bright Pants Collab Launch - Beer Baroness x Yeastie Boys. Wednesday 10 August, Pomeroy's, Kilmore St, Christchurch

Battle of the Brewers - Noon Wednesday 10 August, The Bresolin, 278 Willis St, Wellington. Booking required.

Beervana - 12-13 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Tickets still available but some sessions will sell out. selling fast! Don't count on getting door sales this year. List of beers available now.


Later events

Firkin' Fest! - 2-4 September, Twisted Hop Pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch.

Beer & Dessert Night - 5pm 3 September, The Beer Library, 363 Colombo St, Christchurch. We're teaming up with our neighbours The Cake Eating Co. for a night of sweet eats and delicious beers meticulously chosen for their flavour explosion possibilities.


New releases

Sunshine Brewery Sunshine Grand Cru (6%) - Our interpretation of the Flanders Red style, acidic, complex and funky. Barrel-aged for about a year.

Epic Thor IIPA (8.8%) – The third and final beer for 2016 in the Epic Stone Hammer series, Thor finished second in the Malthouse West Coast IPA Challenge last Friday. Inspiration for Thor came from brewer Luke Nicholas's trip earlier in the year to the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia. While there he drank several different examples of the developing and evolving new East Coast IPA style. Having sampled Heady Topper several times over the last couple of years Luke had a clear idea of what he wanted this beer to be. East Coast IPA's are identified by their cloudy appearance, which comes from hop haze, and a big hop aroma and juicy hop taste. The kegged version of this beer has been kept cloudy, but the bottle version is filtered and bright. The beer has a big hop aroma that is dank, resinous (still a little West Coast creeping in) and fruity from the use of Nelson Sauvin and CTZ hops. The bitterness level is lower than regular Epic beers, which is also similar for the Thunder and Stone Hammer beers. Extremely well-balanced, juicy and delicious. With such incredible feedback from the West Coast IPA Challenge, we expect that this beer isn't going to last long wherever it goes on tap. Thor will be available at Beervana.

By BeertownNZ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 National