News, events & new releases 30 June

By BeertownNZ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 National


Mike's Organic Brewery plans to continue trading following liquidation Mike’s Organic Brewery has been put into liquidation over unpaid excise owed to the Customs Service. Owner Ron Trigg told Stuff the missed customs and excise payments happened when bank loans the company had were restructured during the global financial crisis. At the same time he took the option of making excise duty payments biannually rather than monthly and missed several payments. While the brewer made subsequent excise duty payments it was unable to catch up on those it missed. Mike’s is the third Taranaki drinks producer to go into liquidation over excise payments this year. Mike’s website says the brewery plans to continue trading: “Mike’s Beer is excited about future prospects. Mike’s Holdings Limited will be working with the liquidators to ensure continuity of supply to the market place. Mike's as a brand continues to grow and these changes will ensure they continue to produce world class craft beers for at least another 27 years!"

New Zealand's hottest home brewers - Beervana’s annual home brewing competition has a new spin this year. Since you’ve mastered the art of producing a great beer, the competition will now test your physical and mental skills live on the Beervana stage. Entries must be an IPA this year, which will be judged for its general beeriness and for its name and label design. Then entering brewers will get up on stage to demonstrate their Flip Cup skills and their beer knowledge. First prize is the opportunity to brew commercially, $1000, 2017 Beervana VIP experience and goods from sponsor Black Rock. All the details here.


Events this week

Queenstown NZIPA Challenge - 24 June - 3 July, Smiths Craft Beer House, upstairs 53 Shotover St, Queenstown. Twenty of New Zealand's finest brewers compete for the best "one off" NZ-hopped IPA during Winterfest. Meet the brewer and other events every night - check link for details.

Smash 'n' GABS - 30 June-2 July, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. HZ sent a research envoy to both Melbourne and Auckland GABS Festivals, to select the best festival beers from the 120 on offer. Once the dust of GABS Auckland settled, we quickly snapped up the left-over kegs of our favourite beers. Now we're bringing some of the GABS magic to Wellington!

Renaissance Craftsman Chocolate Oatmeal Stout launch - 5pm, Friday 1 July, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington.

Zeelandt Brewery Beer Dinner - 6.30pm, Friday 1 July, Ormlie 1899 restaurant, 17 Omarunui Rd, Taradale

Beertique vs Beer Without Borders European Edition - 1-2 July, Vultures Lane, Vulcan Lane, Auckland. It's a Brexit with beer! Vultures, Beertique & BWB bring you the battle between the UK & Europe with an array of beers from both sides.

Independence Day American Beer Party - 7pm, Saturday 2 July, Craft Beer Depot, 70 Achilles Ave, Nelson

Seven Point Palmy Exploding Minds Tasting Technique - 7pm Tuesday 5 July, Celtic Inn, Palmerston North. Join us, Good Beer Disciples of Palmerston North, to continue your training with your beloved master Jono Galuszka. Learn the secrets of the Ancient Beer Tasting Techniques known as the "Vibrating Taste of Life". No really!

Next week

It's Spelled R.O.G.U.E. IPA - 6.30pm Wednesday 6 July, Vultures Lane, Vulcan Lane, Auckland. Rogue love growing their own hops as much as we like drinking them. So we've gathered the who's who of Rogue IPAs for a 7 course lupulin tasting experience. Tickets from Cult Beer Store.

Funk Estate Tap Takeover - 5pm, Thursday 7 July, Volstead, 55 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch.


IPA Festival - 6pm 23 July, Space Academy, 371 St Asaph St, Christchurch

9th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge - 29 July, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington

British Tap Takeover - Wednesday 10 August, One Fat Bird, 162 Karori Rd, Karori, Wellington

Beervana - 12-13 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Tickets available now already!


New releases

Sunshine Brewery Free & Easy Double Espresso Milk Stout (6%) Due to popular demand we have brewed another batch of this coffee delight. Using FAR EAST Coffee in the brew and again to dry hop.

By BeertownNZ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 National