News, beer jobs & events 25 October

By BeertownNZ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 National

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Tuatara rebrand delayed

Tuatara’s rebranding programme has hit delays. Last week Tuatara’s interim general manager Rob Wiles told Beertown.NZ the new labels and beer brands were due to be announced over Labour Weekend just passed. This afternoon Tuatara’s website reads “NEW SKINS. A redirector page has been set up without anywhere to direct to”. The New Skins page has been displaying this redirect for about a week now. Tuatara raised eyebrows earlier this month when it collected Brewers Guild trophies for beers that are not commercially available, in anticipation of the rebranding exercise. Last week it withdrew applications to trademark beers using the hop varieties ‘Amarillo’ and ‘Tomahawk’. It also dropped ‘Kapai’ after Rob Wiles admitted he knew Mata had prior use of the term. Tuatara’s attempt to register ‘Tuatara Kapai’ is currently under IPONZ examination.

Is Europe ready for Liberation?

Liberty Brewing’s Joseph Wood has won a trip to brew in Germany, courtesy of Cryer Malt and Weyermann®. The trip is sponsored by Cryer Malt as part of its 25th birthday celebrations. Joseph will visit Weyermann®’s Bamburg facility and brew there with brewmaster Dominik Maldoner. “It’s a once-in-a-life time opportunity to meet the creators of the malt that has been the backbone of our Brewery. It will give me the opportunity to thank the people that have been part of my livelihood. I will draw inspiration from them, and impart my fingerprint in beer’s history. We will brew Halo (New Zealand Pilsner) in Germany: the birthplace of Bohemian Pilsner and take to them, the evolution of the style. In turn, I hope to inspire the most traditional brewers in the world: what an absolute privilege,” Joseph says.

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival expands

The Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival will be held for the fourth year on 12 November. This year the event is expanding into the preceeding week, with Festival Week introducing a series of delicious events in the days before the Festival itself. Running from Monday 7 th until Sunday the 13 th of November, the expansion into the wider community will showcase the high calibre of local fare Dunedin has to offer, putting the spotlight on the flourishing restaurant and bar scene we have here in the city. The line-up includes beer, cheese and whisky matchings, brewery trails, seminars, celebrity chef Josh Emett and much more. There will be plenty of activities to quench your thirst for knowledge – and beer. Event Manager Dan Hendra states ‘We are stoked to have partnered with local businesses to showcase and promote our love of good beer and great food together, this is just the beginning of something big for Dunedin’.


Beer jobs

Head Brewer, Panhead Custom Ales

Requires University degree in Food Science Chemistry, Brewing, Distilling or another relevant field, or industry experience to compensate. Minimum three years’ experience in a supervisory position in a brewery or fast paced beverage environment. A track record of good team management, communication and staff training abilities. Applications close 17 November.


Events this week

Special NHC Home Brew Tasting - 5pm tonight, Brewtopia, 130 Tory St, Wellington. We'd like to host a tasting and feedback night on Tuesday the 25th. The aim will be to give you some direction as to what styles to enter your beers. We will have a few brewers and beer judges on hand to assist. Please bring two bottles, preferably chilled if that's to style, and we will ship off the second bottle the next day to the competition.

Epic Takeover - tomorrow, Volstead Trading Co, 55 Riccarton Rd Christchurch

Cheers Bitches! - 5pm Thursday, Hashigo Zake 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. After seven years of distinguished service, it's time to say farewell to our dear Tasi. Next Thursday is Tasi's final shift at Hashigo, and in classic Tasi style she's going out with a bang. Tasi has brewed an Imperial IPA with Te Aro Brewing for the occasion: NINTASI IIPA (best beer name ever?) which will be tapped at the end of her shift at 5pm. There'll also be cake, gifts and no doubt a classic Tasi speech, ending with "Cheers bitches!"

4th Birthday Beer Festival - 27-30 October, Twisted Hop Pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

Yeastie Boys Pop Up Bar - 5pm Friday, Punky Brewster Craft Beer Fillery, 22B Tyne St, Christchurch. It's that time again! Join us for a pint or two after work. Tap beers include Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA, Digital IPA, Pot Kettle Black IPA, Pot Kettle Black Remix Pale Black IPA, Stairdancer Pacific IPA, and Divine Hammer Amber Rye Ale. There will be a few other familiar drops popping up in the bottle including the famed Rex Attitude. Greg from Yeastie Boys will be around to have a yarn to (he's a pretty fun guy, you'll like him) and the good times will be spent in spades. Get down!

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

Pomeroy's 15th Birthday Celebration - 29 & 30 October, Pomeroys, Kilmore St, Christchurch. There will be live music from 3pm until late, beer matched snacks from our kitchen team and last but certainly not least, 17 new beers on tap for the night! 

Events next week

The Bruery NZ Launch Guided Tasting - 7pm 2 November, Brothers Beer, 90 Wellesley St, Auckland

Sawmill Tap Takeover - 3pm 5 November, Craft Hamilton, 15 Hood St Hamilton

Lakeman/One Fat Bird Collab launch - 5 November, One Fat Bird, 162 Karori Rd, Karori, Wellington

Later events

Winey Beers - 6pm 9 November, Cult Wine, 13 Murphy St, Wellington. There has been an explosion of beers that use wine, grapes or must (unfermented juice) as the central ingredient so we thought what better way to celebrate our love of beer than through these hybrids that bring the worlds of wine and beer closer together. We are going to taste through a dozen beers in a variety of styles: pilsner, porter, IPA, Belgian tripel, saisons, wild beers, sour beers and more. The beers on show will come from NZ, USA and Europe. This is a chance to try some truly top flight and extremely rare beers.

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

New Zealand Cider Festival - Founders Heritage Park, Nelson. Nelson is hosting the first ever New Zealand Cider festival at Founders Heritage Park! The festival will be a celebration of the diversity of Cider, including both traditional and new world varieties from around the country.

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

Emerson’s Common Addiction Brewer’s Reserve (5.5%) – An English Brown Ale with layers of caramel and toffee, with fruity English ester character and a slight hint of chocolate. Balanced with a blend of Costa Rican, Colombian, and Guatemalan coffee beans from our friends at Common Ground, lightly roasted and cold brewed to bring out their fruity side, without overt bitterness.

Malts: Ale, Munich, Vienna, crystal, chocolate, Cara Munich

Yeast: English Ale

Hops: Fuggles

Coffee: Common Ground speciality beans - Costa Rican, Colombian, and Guatemalan

Sunshine Brewery Goodbye, Pumpkin Pie! (8%) - Barrel Aged Brett Beer made with locally grown Cendeco pumpkin and a bit of pumpkin pie spice, then barrel aged for 12 months. 





By BeertownNZ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 National