The Road to Beervana gets longer every year
The week-long preload is back this year, and now involves nine cities - Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, and even Christchurch way down in the South Island. The Road includes a road trip - brewers from 10 Auckland breweries will cram themselves into a Mini at Vultures Lane on Friday and tour beer bars the length of the North Island to arrive at LBQ in Wellington on Wednesday 9 August. Other, less cramped, events include hosted tastings, tap takeovers, brewery visits and beer/food events, starting this Friday and running through to Sunday 13 August. The full calendar is available here.
Eagle Dawn of the Dust American Pale Ale (6.2%) - Appearance: Pours deep gold with an off white persistent head. Aroma: Lime, gooseberry, lychee, melon. Flavour: Intense Grapefruit, Lime passion fruit. Full resinous drenching of the taste buds with a balanced high bitterness creating a lingering tingling of hop melodies. Surprisingly clean finish given the hop bomb it is. Malt: German Pilsner, L Crystal. Hops - Citra, Galaxy
Eagle Rushin' River West Coast Double IPA (8.2%) - Appearance: amber in appearance, good clarity, moussey off-white head. Aroma: floral pine, hints of sweet malt and alcohol. Flavour: citrus, deep resinous pine with slight tropical fruit, fade to a semi-sweet malt profile all backed up with a whooping 97IBU
Eagle G-Town India Pale Ale (6.6%) - Appearance: light amber, slight haze. Persistent white head. Aroma: dominant apricot backed up with nectarine and lime. Flavour: dried apricots and mandarin dominates, restrained malt profile finishes with a pleasant resinous bitterness that persists.
Epic Chromium (5.8%) - We thought about what would be a great beer taste for Spring since it is right around the corner. The idea started as an Amber Ale but sometimes they can be too malty, so this is a Pale Ale with more malt flavour, sweetness and a bit more body. This beer doesn’t have any funky random ingredients, just a really solid flavoursome beer, that you could have a couple of pints with friends.
Epic Hysteria IPA (6.9%) - This is the third release in the IPA Hysteria series and follows on from Gods of War and Rocket. Hysteria is a perfect name since its releases is timed with the 10th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge held in Wellington, where Epic IPA’s have won four times. This time around we have pulled out all the stops to see if we can level up the Armageddon recipe. A little change to the malt with the use of some US grown Pale Ale malt. Also some tweaks to the hops, this time including some NZ grown hops. The NZ grown hops have had a noticeable influence on the aroma and flavour, giving it a real NZ IPA feel. Sub tropical fruit notes with hints of green mango and passionfruit.
Events this week
NRT: Graphic Brewing My City is on Fire - 5pm today, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. On Tuesday we celebrate the arrival of Graphic Brewing's third beer, which curiously coincides with the first anniversary of the time someone tried to burn us down. BYO Zippo.
Beer Goggles - 3-13 August, Beer Library, 363 Colombo St, Christchurch. Join us for an exhibition opening and pop up bar with the finest craft beers flowing! Artists were invited to create new works exploring ideas of perception, viewpoints, perspective, confusion and double meaning using a range of materials and mediums.
Bird Fight: Moa & ParrotDog Tap Takeover - 6pm Friday 4 August, Volstead, 55 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch
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. Follow link above for full list of RTB events
- Liberty Unplugged - 4pm Friday 4 August, Brewers Co-op, 128 Victoria St West, Auckland. We will have unfiltered beers from Liberty's core range as well as 4 limited and new releases, with a total of 9 beers on tap from Helensville's finest. It's a hazy, juicy start to the road to Beervana
- Quiz Night with Garage Project - 5pm Sunday 6 August, Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith St, Wellington. This special event will be hosted by Garage Project's very own resident quiz master (and brewery manager), Kez.
- The Wild and the Wonderful - 5.45 Monday 7 August, LBQ, 6 Edward St, Wellington. Experience wild and wonderful beers from North End Brewing Co and UK imports from Beertique. A live blending session followed by an ample supper with a little 'something something' to take home.
Events next week
The Road to Beervana continues
- Brooklyn Brewery Beer & Cheese Tasting Night - 6.30 Tuesday 8 August, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington.
- Four Horsemen of the Hopocalypse Tap Takeover - 9-10 August, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington.
- Good George's Taste of Hamilton - 4.30 Saturday 12 August, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington.
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.
South Island Beer Festival #11 - 25 November, 87 Ilams Rd, Christchurch. There'll be all the usual things you've come to expect: a variety of great beer from around the island, a selection of awesome food vendors to keep you fed, and a laid-back atmosphere in the Ilam Homestead and surrounding gardens.
Wellington Winter Ales Festival - 2pm Saturday 2 June, Hunter Lounge, Wellington