News, new releases and events 11 July

By BeertownNZ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 National

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Christchurch brewery for sale

A Christchurch craft brewery is on the market. Beertown.NZ understands the ad refers to Two Thumb Brewing on Manchester St within the four avenues. Business broker Charles Deans says the brewery is generating $170,000/yr and is currently operating profitably but part-time. He says the owner - Clayton and Brad Wallwork - "has another full time business, and therefore cannot do justice to his brewery."

Get a head start on Wellington's Winter Ales

Husk and LBQ are hosting pre-Festival lunches before Winter Ales on Saturday 22 July. Perfect for those who can't make the festival, or if you just want a head start on the 40+ beers on offer. LBQ has Kieran Haslett-Moore hosting three courses matched to Winter Ales Festival Brews from Parrot Dog, Duncan's and North End. Husk has hosts a feast on the brewery floor planned with Kerry Gray from Choice Bro’s plus his Winter Ales collaborations with McLeod’s, Heyday and Boneface. Tickets are $60 from the respective bars and they’ll even shout you a lift up the hill if you’re heading to the Festival.

Mount gets Funky

Mount Brewing and Funk Estate have teamed up to share the same site in Mount Maunganui. Funk Estate moved out of its Grey Lynn, Auckland, site late last month and took it's gorgeous CLE Systems brewkit with it. Funk Estate started in 2012 as contract brewers based in Wellington and bought the Grey Lynn spot in December 2015. What do you reckon guys - Certified Shiggy for a housewarming collab?


New releases


McLeod's 802 #2 Unfiltered Dark IPA (6.6%) - 802 #2 is the second in our monthly series of fresh, unfiltered IPAs with a rotating cast of hops. This one - made for June - boasts Ahtanum and Simcoe hops, pouring deep mahogany with a lasting off-white head. Upfront hop notes of pine, herbs and green tea are coupled with malt aromas of toffee and cocoa. Smooth and malty with a touch of caramel on the palate, soft bitterness and chocolate accents, it finishes dry with lingering cocoa.

Mac’s/Wellington Chocolate Factory Sweet Disposition chocolate stout (6.2%) - pours a rich dark colour with a creamy head of foam. The beer is true to the Wellington Factory style of chocolate – dark, rich and complex, with a crisp, bittersweet finish. The brewing process begins with generous additions of organic cocoa powder from the Dominion Republic, plus Peruvian Criollo chocolate into the Whirpool. After fermentation the beer is transferred into cold maturation along with organic Peruvian cacao nibs and husks to give more flavour depth and aroma. Specialty malts bring roasted and caramelised notes and give the brew some real complexity. The aftertaste is amazingly similar to finishing off some high quality dark chocolate.


Events this week 

NRT: Deep Creek Black Tamarillo Gose - 5pm today, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. This Tuesday we are releasing Deep Creek Brewing Co's latest Steam Funk Gose, Black Tamarillo Gose.

Heyday Beer Co Layback IPL Launch at LBQ - 5pm tomorrow Wednesday 12 July, LBQ, 6 Edwards St, Wellington. Join us at LBQ for our third release, Layback India Pale Lager, brewed at North End Brewing Co. A blend of German Vienna and Bohemian Pilsner malts add subtle notes of honey. Hopped with a Kiwi blend of Motueka, NZ Liberty and Wai-iti. This beer is designed to be balanced and sessionable.

Eagle tap takeover & meet the brewer! - 5pm Friday July 14, Craft Beer Depot, 70 Achilles Ave, Nelson. All right STOP! Collaborate and listen.. Eagle is back with his brand new inventions! David will be here with all his awesome home brew and commercial brewing know how with a couple of giveaways on the night as well! Super rad beers from his current pipeline including Pliny Clone!

Three Wise Birds Cider - Cocktail Party - 5pm Friday 14 July, 16 Tun, 20 Jellicoe St, Auckland. Three Wise Birds is a genuine craft cider, pressed from some of nature's finest apples grown in the sun soaked Hawke's Bay. Only the best handpicked apples from our own orchards go into making Three Wise Birds cider; then deliberately aged, to create what is the best of our art.

Satya Chai Lounge - 14-15 July, Garage Project Taproom, 91 Aro St, Wellington. After the roaring success of the Garage Project and Satya Chai Lounge collab in Auckland, we are welcoming Sammy & his crew to the Garage Project Taproom!

Deep Creek Beer Launch & Tap Take Over - 14-15 July, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington. Come meet the Deep Creek brewteam. They're the 2017 small international brewery champions and they're coming to Malthouse There will be last ever kegs, beer launces, free snacks and lot and lots of sweet merch giveaways So come join the party

Bottle Pour Saturday ft. Garage Project & Kereru - 15-16 July, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. This Saturday we're pouring 2 new barrel-aged bottles from two local Wellington breweries: Garage Project's latest collab with Jameson, Rebel County Strong Ale and Kereru Brewing Company's first ever barrel-aged brew, Night Spirit Imperial Stout. 

Brewery tasting - North End Brewery - 3pm Saturday 15 July, Little White Rabbit, 106 Seabury Ave, Foxton Beach. Our friends from North End Brewing are joining us for at the rabbit for a tasting session. North end are a small brewery on the Kapiti Coast formed by a brewer, a waiter and a chef. They brew aromatic, food friendly beers that are as at home on the dinner table as they are at the beach, the bach or the bar.

Events next week

Behemoth & A Lady Butcher - 7pm Thursday 20 July, Glengarry Victoria Park, 118 Wellesley Street, Auckland. It's a marriage made in Heaven...well, Auckland. Not only do Behemoth Brewer Andrew Childs and his wife Hannah Miller Childs make a good pair, but her charcuterie business and Andrew's brewery also make a good match. We'll be trying Hannah's amazing cured meats next to hubby's brews. Get in and book because seats will be limited.

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

Later events

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.

Road to Beervana - 4-13 August, various venues, from Auckland to Christchurch. Jump on the Road to Beervana this August, NZ’s biggest and all-inclusive beer week. There’ll be tastings, dinners, takeovers, pop-ups, games, and loads more unique ex-beer-iences happening all over NZ. And all roads lead to NZ’s national beer event, Beervana, to round off your week. In its fourth installment, RTB will host events all over New Zealand, so that beer lovers may celebrate their journey toward Beervana wherever they may start from…

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, 11 Jul 2017 National