News, beer jobs, events & new releases

By BeertownNZ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 National

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Regional Wines has new owners - The current owners of Regional Wines and Spirits are delighted to announce a change of ownership with the business being acquired by Scenic Cellars of Taupo. The team at Scenic Cellars have some exciting plans for Regional Wines to continue its mission in providing expert advice and a range of top-line wines, beers and spirits throughout the greater Wellington region and New Zealand as a whole. Moira is excited to be able to hand Regional Wines and Spirits over to a team of passionate people with a proven track record, who will take it to the next level, and would like to sincerely thank you all for your custom over the last 29 years. The new ownership will be effective from Monday, 3rd October.

Kind regards,

Moira Gaffney, Managing Director, Regional Wines and Spirits

Smoko Room - Sawmill Brewery in Matakana has a new brewery and bar. Sawmill's Kirsty McKay says: "We have the new brewery running and have opened the tasting room which we have called 'the Smoko Room'. It's right inside the brewery and is open Thursday to Sunday 12pm to 10pm. In the summer we will be open seven days a week. We always have at least 14 beers on tap and good beer food too - smoked kahawai, pork cheeks with BBQ sauce, smoked goat - and we sell beer to takeaway and do flagon fills there as well. We have a massive outdoor area looking across at some native bush and paddocks. Its rural and it's casual and it's at 1004 Leigh Rd, Matakana, North Auckland."

Brew on Quay on market - Brew on Quay bar and restaurant on Auckland's waterfront, one of Auckland's most popular and strategically located bars, has been placed on the market for sale as a business going concern. "The building still showcases it original kauri beams, pillars and floorboards encased by classic red bricks," says Mike Peterson, Bayleys Auckland hospitality specialist, who is seeking offers for the business until September 21.


Beer jobs

16TUN in Wynyard Quarter, Auckland is looking for bartenders and managers. If you love craft beer/are an expert or just want to learn more, email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Husk is opening in Te Aro, Wellington next month. The venue will combine a cafe/restaurant, coffee roaster, brewery and bar, and the 850L brewhouse is constructed in the USA with ETA late November. Right now it's looking for these roles: Chef; Kitchen; Front of House; Barista; Bar People. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get in at the beginning.

Cassels & Son's is expanding with new tanks and bottling line. It's looking for a Brewery Assistant - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Events this week

Garage Project Takeover - 4pm today 7 September, Volstead Trading Co, 55 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch.

Yeastie Boys 8th Birthday Party - 6pm today 7 September, One Fat Bird, Karori, Wellington. The BIGGEST tap takeover we have ever done is coming!!. 15 Taps, The Yeastie Boys are in town and we are hosting there 8th Birthday Party! Special appearance from the man himself Stu McKinlay back from the U.K and Yeastie Boy Greg Allen! Special releases, merch, cheese matches and food matches are all combining this to be our biggest and best takeover yet!!! 

Yeastie Boys Beer and Music Match Raffle - 7pm Thursday 8 September, Malthouse, Courtenay Pl Wellington. So come on down and join us and the yeastie boys crew for some beers, music, fantastic pants and good times!

Funk Estate new series! At Rogue - 9-10 September, Rogue & Vagabond, 18 Garrett St, Te Aro Wellington. Funk Estate presents Doozy, Pearler and Beaut. An NZ IPA, Australian IPA and an APA. 

Funk Estate new series! At Pomeroy's - 5pm Friday 9 September, Pomeroy's, Kilmore St, Christchurch. Funk Estate presents Doozy, Pearler and Beaut. An NZ IPA, Australian IPA and an APA. 

Zeelandt Brewery 4th Birthday - 5pm, Friday 9 September, Westshore Beach Inn, Napier. Zeelandt Brewery is turning 4, so we are celebrating! Join us at The Westshore Beach Inn Friday Sept 9th from 5pm. There'll be music by our mates, The Pukes and 9 beers on tap including our brand spanking new "Oktoberfest"! You can also make the most of cheap Pot & Camel refills all weekend at the Westshore! Lock in the date and we'll see you there!

Unite Expression, Wild Women Sour launch - 3pm Saturday 10 September, Brew Moon Brewing, Amberley, northern Canterbury. Unite Expression, Wild Women Sour was brewed on March 12th at the Brew Moon to celebrate the 2016 International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. It was brewed by a group of wild Brewsters between coffees and beers along with slices of Kelly’s chocolate ganache and pizza. All profits for this beer will be donated to the La Leche League and the New Zealand Pink Boots Society.

Poses & Pints Free Yoga Session - 9.45Am Sunday 11 September, Deep Creek Brews and Eats, 111 Clyde Rd, Browns Bay, Auckland


Events next week

Aged Belgian Beer Tasting - 7.30pm 14 September, Third Eye, 30 Arthur St Wellington. Infamous Wellington beer bros/afficinados Fraser and Neil McInnes will walk you through the aging process of each beer, whilst you taste the comparisons between a youthful Belgian beer and an aged one (including a couple of very special, limited drops you will not find elsewhere). 

Our Belgian Beer line-up is: 

- Aged & non-aged Ardennes 6.5% Belgian-style Blonde Ale 

- Aged & non-aged Belgian 7.5% Dubbel

- Aged & non-aged Belgian 8.5% Tripel

- Aged XI 10.5% Belgian Black Ale (this was brewed to celebrate 11th birthday - meaning this baby has been reposing for five years when it hits your palate!)

- Barrel-Aged Saison

All matched with Kapiti cheeses. Tickets are $45 per person. Please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

The Third Eye "Glory Awaits" Quiz Nite - 6pm 15 September, Third Eye, 30 Arthur St Wellington. 


Later events

McLeods Brewery Tasting & Meet the Brewer - 7pm 21 September, Pomeroys, Kilmore St, Christchurch

Beer & Cheese featuring McLeod's - 6pm 22 September, The Beer Library, 363 Colombo St, Christchurch

McPunk: McLeod's at Punky Brewster - 5pm 23 September, Punky Brewsters Craft Beer Fillery, 22B Tyne St, Christchurch

The Winners That Were - 27 September, Pomeroys, Kilmore St, Christchurch. In light of the NZ beer judging for the Brewers Guild of New Zealand 2016 awards we will be remembering the Winners That Were from Tuesday 27th of September onwards. We will be filling up to 12 taps of medal winning beers, the best in the land from last year.

Pacific Beer Expo 2016 - 22 & 23 October, Boatshed/Rowers Club, Wellington

Mike's Oktoberfest - 29 Oktober, Mikes Brewery, Urenui, Taranaki

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival - 12 November, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

South Island Beer Festival - 19 November, Ilam Homestead, 87 Ilam Rd, Christchurch

Rising Can Festival - 19 November, Hot Water Brewing, Whenuakite, Coromandel. Come and join us for a celebration of canned beer, good food and great music

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2017 - Saturday 28 January, Hagley Park, Christchurch


New releases

Invercargill Brewery Dim Wit Baltic Porter (7.4%) - An inviting aroma that's strong on banana, toffee in the foretaste, followed by a dusky dark chocolate bitterness with a lovely dry finish. The beloved third child of the Southern Malt Collective, an annual collaborative brew hosted at Invercargill Brewery where hops step back into a vital supporting role to Malt and, in this case, Yeast. The 2016 Result is a delicious banana toffee chocolate mouthful – think Banoffee Pie. This year the Otago University Food Science Department once again delved into their impressive yeast collection to contribute a little something special to the fermentation, definitely Belgium in origin, delivering a banana aroma which accentuates the rich toffees of the malt profile – which includes the mysterious DD developed specifically by Gladfield for this brew.

Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black Remix 2016 - this year a "Pale Kettle Black" - in both keg and bottle. Basically (well, exactly) it is Pot Kettle Black without the chocolate and roasted malt. 

Beer Baroness Miss Van Der Bier Belgian IPA (6.1%).  Half of this brew has gone in to Pinot barrels for ageing, with a limited edition 6 kegs released to the country at present, 3 kegs for the South Island and 3 kegs for the North.

Sunshine Brewery Pipeline Pilsner (5%) - New Zealand pilsners blend an old world pilsner malt base with new world aromatic hops, giving a lager with more fruit flavours and a tangy greenness. The Pipe is a great surf spot just down the beach from the brewery, it doesn’t barrel often but there are plenty of places around here that do.

Altitude Brewing Powder Day Pilsner (5.2%) - Made with Green Bullet, Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka, it’s fresh on the nose, lively on the tongue and super refreshing. It’ll keep your tips up!


By BeertownNZ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 National