News, new releases & events 27 June

By BeertownNZ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 National

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Gladfield Malt hits the telly

Canterbury maltster Gladfield Malt is on the small screen this weekend with an appearance on Country Calendar. It's been a big year for Gladfield - developing new malt varieties, exporting to Australia and Asia, and opening a multi-million dollar expansion project this year. Check out Country Calendar, TVOne, 7pm Sunday 2 June for some genuine Doug Michael philosophy: "You've got to understand the difference between romance and passion - romance gets you into bed, but it's passion that gets you out!" See the trailer here.

Wellington's Winter Ales Festival sells out

The Wellington Winter Ales Festival Pledgeme campaign reached its target last Thursday. Packages including Festival entry and lunch/tastings at Wellingon venues are still available, and you can pre-order Festival merch through Pledgeme too. The ever-popular Festival, founded by SOBA in 2010, is under new management and will return to the Hunter Lounge in Victoria University's Kelburn campus on Saturday 22 July with support from Craft Beer Capital.


New releases

Sunshine Brewery/Far East Coffee Co. Libre e Cómodo Triple Espresso Pale Ale (5%) - Three additions of coffee… Colombian Beans in the mash, again in the whirlpool, and generously dosed with Far East’s Cold Brewed “Free and Easy” blend in ferment.

Mike's Second Coming Double IPA (9.0%) - Colour Medium to Golden: Aroma Piney & Resinous, Peaches with ripe mandarins on the finish: Carbonation Level Medium: Bitterness High: Mouth Feel Full & well Balanced: Body Loads of malt: Flavour Bold, Toffee, Grapefruit, Malt, Peaches and Almonds: After Taste Warming Alcohol, Piney Resin: Hops Citra, Amarillo, Centennial & Chinook: Food Suggestions: Rich Foods, BBQ meat, Spices

Mike's Damson in Distress Sour (5%) - Colour Dark/Ruby: Aroma Musky, Sherbert, Plum: Carbonation Level Low: Bitterness Low: Mouth Feel Tart: Body Low: Flavour Sherbert, Sour, Plum Sweetness: After Taste Gin Dry: Hops can't really tell tbh: Food Suggestions Chocolate & Turkish Delight: Note!!! Dont drink this cold, it gets more sour the colder it is, Serve slightly chilled

Colab Garden Ale (4%) - A refreshing collaboration of German malt along with a smooth lashing of German and New Zealand hops create this uniquely sessionable Colab Garden Ale.

Colab The Commissioner Red IPA (6.2%) - The first beer brewed in the Colab Brewery. A new world collaboration of German malt and US aroma hops give a rich, red, malt driven West Coast Styled Red IPA.

Colab Pils (4%) - Traditional Northern German Style Pilsener with a fine combination of German and Czech aroma hops.

Colab American Pale Ale (5.5%) - A balanced combination of German malt and American aroma hops delivering a well-rounded West Coast styled Ale.

Epic Hop Harvester NZIPA (6.5%) - The NZ Hop harvest is complete and the hops are now available, so it’s time to taste the 2017 NZ Hops as our new New Zealand IPA – Epic Hop Harvester. Inspired by the Epic Team’s yearly trip to the Nelson hop growing region during hop harvest. This year we were down again for Hop Harvest at the Oldham’s Farm BBQing and drinking beers amongst the hops as they were being harvested.  IBU: 45 NZ Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka MALT: NZ grown pale ale malt FLAVOURS & AROMAS: Tropical fruit


Events this week 

NRT: Galbraith's/Sawmill Special Bitter - 5pm today, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. We'll be tapping their Special Bitter (4.8%) at 5pm plus showing the Lions/Hurricanes match with sound and serving up $5 angus beef mince stadium pies. Get in early to grab a seat!

Beer & BBQ- Sawmill Brewery and Fireworks Smokehouse - 7pm  Wednesday 28 June, Glengarry Victoria Park, 118 Wellesley Street, Auckland.  Ain't nothin' like beer and BBQ! We'll have Sawmill running us through a stunning range of their beers, and Fireworks Smokehouse providing the smoked meaty goodness. This will be one to get booked in early as limited tickets are available. Y'all best be fierce quick!

New Release Tasting - 7pm Wednesday 28 June, Brothers Beer, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland. 

Beer Bar and Brewery Walking Tour - Cuba Quarter - Thursday 29 June 2017 12:00pm Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington

Zeelandt Brewery Cask vs Keg - 3pm Thursday 29 June, The Beer Spot, 54 Northcote Rd, Auckland. 

Beer Baroness Beer Dinner - Thursday 29 June, Pomeroys, Killmore Street, Christchurch. Get in early for this one folks! Beer Baroness Degustation Dinner. Delicious beers paired with mouth watering dishes served frrom Victoria's Kitchen here at Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn. Very Limited tickets available. $100 per person and available from the bar now!

Beer Bar and Brewery Walking Tour - Courtenay Quarter - 12 noon Friday 30 June, Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Wellington

Croucher Brewing Relaunch - Friday 30 June, Brothers Beer, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland. Croucher Brewing have been making good beer for ages, now they're rebranding and bringing out some of their best in brand new bottles.Come down on the 30th to Brothers CWD and Orakei to check out the new designs!We'll have the new bottles of Patriot, ANZUS, Pale, Pilsner and Lowrider in stock plus a few choice kegs on tap.

A Mid-Winter's Ale Festival - Saturday 1 July, Rolleston Community Centre, Christchurch. Showcasing some exciting craft beers and delicious ciders from breweries around Canterbury and the North Island as well as a handpicked selections of beers from overseas. We also have an exciting line up of live entertainment throughout the afternoon plus some awesome food options to match with the amazing line up of beers and ciders. Ticket sales will be available from the 1st of March...

Downtown Aley - Beer BBQ & Rugby - Saturday 1 July, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. There's a bit of a hullabaloo happening in NZ at the moment around a tour by a team that shares it's name with the national rugby team of Senegal and on the 1st July they play the New Zealand national team here in Wellington.

Great American Beer On Tap This July - various venues from 1 July. As importers of some of the amazing beer from the United States of American we feel it's our duty to remind people of some of the some of the great things Americans do. So some of the very best beer bars in NZ are putting US beers on their taps that most American of holidays.

Events next week

A Week of American Craft at Regional Wines - 4-8 July, Regional Wines & Spirits, 15 Ellice St, Wellington. Each day, from Tuesday 4th July, we'll be adding a US beer to the Regionals' FYO taps culminating with an instore tasting on Saturday 8th July.

Make Beer Great Again - 4 July, Brew Union, 41 Broadway, Palmerston North

Fourth of July Tap Takeover - 4 July, Volstead, 55 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch

Cell Division's First Release - with Friends - 6pm Thursday 6 July, The Portsider, 31 George St, Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Cell Division is releasing its first brew to the public and what better way to celebrate than sharing tap space with good friends!

Later events

Winter Ales Festival - 22 July, Hunter Lounge, Wellington. We have had an awesome response from local breweries and distributors. We have over 30 beers on the list and it's still growing! Book your tickets here

West Coast IPA Challenge 2017 - 28 July, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Place, Wellington. The 10th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge. Hops. Joy. Hops. Tears. Hops. Beers. So big, it's held across two sites: Malthouse and Fork and Brewer.Who will walk out with the Golden Gumboots...? Save the date.

Beervana 2017 - 11-12 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Brewers Guild Conference & Trade Show - Friday 6 October, Christchurch

Brewers Guild Gala Dinner (aka BGONZA Night) - Saturday 7 October, Christchurch

City of Ales - Saturday 14 October, Maritime Room, Quay Street, Auckland

2017 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival - 11 November, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. We’re turning five! And you’re invited to come and help us celebrate… Saturday 11th of November we'll be turning on some good old southern charm and welcoming you back for another round of goodtimes. Every year we strive to bring you a bigger, broader and bolshier range of goodies, and this year will be even more special being our fifth birthday. This is the ultimate friends-family-fiends day out - lock it into your calendars.


Beer jobs

Check our dedicated Beer Jobs post on Beerown.NZ this Thursday

By BeertownNZ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 National