Official Beertown.NZ Christmas Do - You're invited. It's a small HQ here at Beertown.NZ: no colleagues, no stationary cupboard, no office, not even a desk. But the 2016 Beertown Christmas Do has a new brew and you're invited to the launch. Last month I put down a brew with Black Dog Brewery and we will be launching the beer - Kilikiti Pasifikale - next Tuesday 20 December at Black Dog, 19 Blair Street, Wellington from 4pm. Knock off early, come down, and enjoy a chat about the year of beer and what's coming in 2017. Tell your boss you have a meeting in Beertown!
Beer drinkers - Kaikoura needs you! - after some delays caused by that earthquake thing on 14 November, Kaikoura's Emporium Brewing has beer, kegs and flowing taps - all it needs is thirsty beer drinkers. Emporium's Paul Finney says the brewery's tap room has reopened with three beers available - Citramatic APA, Ambereye American Rye Amber Ale, and Obsidian stout. The taproom's open from 2-6pm at 57A Beach Road. And if you're there you will certainly deserve a beer - access is still limited to daylight travel only, by the stimulating Inland Road, and (unlike Emporium) State Highway One is still months away from reopening. "The biggest problem we face looking forward is the lack of tourists," Paul says. "Kaikoura is still a beautiful place with so much to offer, it's still worth the journey! So please, please come and visit, Kaikoura needs you!" If you're just not that intrepid, there's the Kegs For Kaikoura fundraiser in Christchurch on Christmas Eve.
Festival passes giveaway - win double passes to two Summer Beer Festivals. Beertown has double passes to give away for Mount Maunganui's Beast of a Feast and the Queenstown Summer Beer Festival. Both festivals are new events on the craft beer calendar, and will feature local brewers, the best of the rest of New Zealand, matched with local food and entertainment. To go into the draw to win a double pass to either event, go here. Good luck!
Events this week
Old Beer 2: Another Evening of Aged Beer - 6pm tomorrow, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. Last year's old beer tasting went so well, we've decided to hold it again! We'll be seeing how a few of the beers are tasting a year on, and a whole lot of new old beers. Traditionally beers that age well are strong and malty, but recently this wisdom has been challenged by a few members of the beer community who claim other styles age just as well. At this tasting we'll be trying aged examples of both, in a quest to answer the age old question: "is fresh best?"
Epic Brewery's 11th Birthday Knees-Up! - Friday & Saturday, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington. We'll be pouring 13 beers from Epic Beer (because why make it 11?), and we'll also be pouring a Gin & Tonic on tap! (Just because we can.)
New New New Launch - Friday from noon, Brothers Beers, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland. It's New! New New New! Dunedin's freshest brewery is having their Auckland launch at Brothers on Friday 16th December!
Zeelandt Brewery Christmas Party - 4pm Friday, Zeelandt Brewery, 14 Shaw Rd, Eskdale, Hawkes Bay. Let's get merry! Live music by the Pukes, Paella A Go Go cooking pork belly paella and a vegetarian paella as well as mussels steamed in Zeelandt beer, wine by Petane Station!
A Very Punky Christmas - 5pm Friday, Punky Brewster Craft Beer Fillery, 22b Tyne St, Christchurch
Cali/Cascadia Tap Takeover - Friday & Saturday, Husk, 62 Ghuznee St, Wellington. Rare, limited and fan favorites fresh from the USA. This is the most American breweries that have ever poured side by side in New Zealand. Featuring: Almanac Beer Co, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Breakside Brewery, Coronado Brewing Company, Gigantic Brewing Company, Modern Times Beer, Rogue Ales & Spirits & Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. Brought to you in collaboration with Beer Without Borders.
BorderStop Popup Xmas Beer Store - Saturday, 24 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
Events next week
Black Dog/Beertown Kilikiti Pasifikale launch & Official Beertown.NZ Christmas Do - 4pm, Tuesday 20 December, Black Dog, 19 Blair Street, Wellington. Come and try Beertown's first collaboration brew, and have a chat over a beer with the Black Dog team.
BorderStop Popup Xmas Beer Store - Friday 23 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.
Beast of a Feast - Tuesday 3 January, Soper Reserve, Mt Maunganui. Beast of a Feast is aimed at celebrating the sweeping popularity of craft beer with a select range of brewers offering beers that cater for the reserved to the adventurous. The feast element is without a doubt a beast with a focus on meat that has either been cooked over flames or locked away and smoked within an inch of its life. All done with the purpose of honouring the perfect synergy between meat & beer!
Queenstown Summer Beer Festival - Wednesday 14 January, Memorial Centre sports field, Queenstown. This one-day event will showcase 6 local breweries from Queenstown and Wanaka as well as others from outside the area: Garage Project, 8 Wired, Tuatara, Renaissance, Zeffer and more.
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2017 - Saturday 28 January, Hagley Park, Christchurch
Twisted Hop Cider Festival - Saturday 11 February, Twisted Hop Pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch
New Zealand Homebrewers Conference - 24-26 March, Founders Park, Nelson
MarchFest Nelson - Saturday 25 March, Founders Park, Nelson
GABS Auckland - Saturday June 17, Auckland
Beervana 2017 - 11-12 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Peckham's/ParrotDog Kakī wild fermented cider (6.5%) - Wild fermented cider from a blend of cider apple varieties (Browns, Kingston Black, Chisel Jersey, Sweet Alford). Fermented in French Oak. Off dry, amber colour. Caramel and slight butteriness on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with defined oaky notes, subtle tropical fruit and a long finish. Available Thursday from ParrotDog's taproom, 29 Vivian Street, Wellington.
Tuatara GnT Citrus Summer Sour (5%) - When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life gives you summer, a big beach and statutory holidays, you make GnT – a citrus sour beer inspired by gin and tonic, minus the gin palace and designer boat shoes. It’s just the thing for those lazy hazy days and only for a limited time... much like our Kiwi summer.Taste: Starts with gin characters and finishes with sour lemon notes. Aroma: Subtle gin, tonic and citrus. Look: Amber and slight haze. Hops: Motueka. Malt: Pale. Try With: Soft cheeses.
Tuatara Golden Eye Imperial Pilsner (7%) - Golden Eye is an opportunity to share the celebration and thank the many that enable us to continue making award winning brews – so thank you! With a bigger body than its little bro, Mot Eureka, Golden Eye is dangerously drinkable, with an enhanced malt sweetness, intense notes of citrus and grapefruit and refreshingly crisp, dry finish. Enjoy unshaken, not stirred. Taste: Enhanced malt sweetness, intense notes of citrus and grapefruit, refreshingly crisp, dry finish.Aroma: Grapefruit/lemon. Hops: Motueka, Nelson, Pacific Jade. Try With: Mexican (spicy) chicken.