News, events and new releases 29 November

By BeertownNZ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 National

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Crafty Brews is an 8-part factual, entertainment web series where beer-guide Ava Nakagawa hits the road to tell the story of the craft of modern beer brewing in Aotearoa.  We will do this by travelling across the country to learn about the history and meet the craft beer brewers who make their region unique. Ava runs the famous Pomeroy's Pub in Christchurch, and she also brews beer.  She's not half bad at it, but is by no means an expert, which places her perfectly for curious investigation on behalf of our viewers. Each episode will be driven by a theme: water, hops, yeast, malt etc... Ava will visit different breweries and collaborate on a brew to show each part of the process. The series will be hosted on it's own web-platform and made shareable to all investors as well as marketed independently.  The goal is to eduacte and entertain! Crafty Brews is after $48,000 in crowdfunding - go here to fund.


Events this week

Sunshine Summer Sampler - From 11am Friday, Rogue & Vagabond, 18 Garrett St, Te Aro, Wellington. Sunshine Brewery tap takeover and fundraiser for Surfaid.

Yeastie Boys His & Her Majesty Wellington Launch - 3pm Friday, Bin44, Queens Wharf, Wellington We are proud to host the release of Yeastie Boys His & Her Majesty 2016. His Majesty Barrel-aged Golden Ale, Her Majesty Barrel-aged Dark Ale. Join us from 3 pm to sample this year's liquid royalty.

The Lounge Pop Up Bar - 4pm Friday, Two Thumbs Brewing, 352 Manchester St, Christchurch. The Lounge Pop Up Bar will be open from 4pm till 9pm. We’ve got an on-license so you can buy & enjoy your fav Two Thumb Brew in “The Lounge” for one night only! Be the first to try the latest small batch brews... Don't Hassel the Hefe - Summer Hefeweizen... an uber cloudy banana smoothie for "grown ups" and our collab with Underground Coffee... Caffeine Nut Pale Ale. We used near green coffee beans for a caffeine hit like no other! Scoundrels & Rogues will be there with a Corruption Station so you can try 3 new Barrel Aged Ciders that will melt in your mouth... just in time for summer 

Free Ride Red Double IPA Fundraiser for Westpac Helicopter - Friday, Pomeroys, The Institution & Punky Brewster, Christchurch.

Outlier Cartel First Birthday Bash - 2pm Saturday, Corner Bar, 2 High St, Auckland. Oh what a year! We'd like to say thanks for being part of the Outlier Cartel! Join us at Cornerbar and drink with us to what's been and the shape of things to come. We'll take over all 4 taps and have some stuff in bottles also: a retrospective on some of our 14 releases from our first year, and new beverages in taking us into new directons next year and beyond.

Events next week

Brooklyn Beer & Le Marche Cheese & Beer Tasting Evening - 7pm Tuesday 6 December, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Place, Wellington. You'll be hosted by the Brooklyn Brewery rep, and Le Marche cheese mongers who will talk you through the pairings on the night. You'll receive a pint of Brooklyn Lager on arrival, and then sit down to enjoy four Brooklyn Brewery beers matched with five La Marche cheeses. Tickets are $50 each - to book, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2nd Annual Rare & Wild Christmas Beer Tasting - 8pm, Wednesday 7 December, 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

Free Ride Red Double IPA Fundraiser for Westpac Helicopter - 9 DecemberPizza Barn (Waipu), Tahi Bar (Warkworth), The Beer Spot, My Bar, Brewers Co-operative, Auckland.

Epic Beer's 11th Birthday Bash - 9 December, Brew on Quay, 102 Quay St, Auckland.

Later events

A Very Punky Christmas - 16 December, Punky Brewster Craft Beer Fillery, 22b Tyne St, Christchurch

BorderStop Popup Xmas Beer Store - 17 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.

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


New releases

Fork Brewing Cherry 2000 Cinnamon & Cherry Gose (5%) - a tart and fruity drop with a light salty tang on the back palate, finishing with the faintest hint of cinnamon spice.

Bootleg Brewery Blind Mule American Pale Ale (5.9%) - an American inspired pale ale, however all the hops and malt  are NZ grown. There's a generous amount of specialty malt, which is intended to gives the beer some depth of flavour. All of the hops are on the nose.  NZ Cascade hops are the dominant hop, so there are some nice floral, citrus notes on the nose to complement the Malt profile. Available in 500ml bottles and some taps at Hamilton craft beer outlets. Big thanks to Ron Trigg at Mike's Brewery for allowing Bootleg Brewery to brew at their premise despite there busy schedule, as well as his team who made for a great day brewing, Cheers!

Sunshine Ad Victoriam British–Style Barley Wine (10.6%) - NZ Pilsner Malt base with Gladfield Aurora and Shepherds Delight; US Galena and NZ Wakatu Hops

By BeertownNZ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 National