News 23 May

By BeertownNZ Tue, 23 May 2017 National

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Craft beer comes to Rangiora

Rangiora, the Paris of the Plains, gets its first craft beer fillery this week. The Good Drop opens tomorrow at 7 Durham St in Rangiora's CBD, with 20 taps pouring craft beer and cider. The Good Drop is owned and operated by local, Dave Wilmott, who also runs Yellow Box Brewery. Check out The Good Drop on Facebook and better still, get your empties down there between 12 and 7pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.

And Auckland too

The Society of Beer Advocates has organised Auckland Beer Week - a week of beer events leading up to GABS Auckland. The Society has put together a packed calendar of beer events for 10-18 June, including bus tours around the Auckland region, tap take overs, beer and food matching, and other beer-related action in venues across Auckland. To see the full calendar go to


New releases

Good George Red IPA (5.4%) - Malty & slightly spicy on the palate with citrus and pine on the nose. Looks: Soft red. Smells: Resinous, citrus, grapefruit, piney. Taste: Malty, spicy, stonefruit

Heyday Beer Moongold Apricot Ale (5.4%) – a blonde ale, heavily dry-hopped with Amarillo, and conditioned on apricots to give a luscious stonefruitiness with a crisp, clean finish.

Heyday Beer Horizon American Pale Ale (5.5%) – an approachable APA featuring Mosaic and the juicy Lemondrop hop.

Behemoth Lid Ripper Hazy IPA (6.9%) - A beer we have wanted to make for a while. This beer has pale malt, oats and wheat for a great mouth feel and then loaded with Citra, Mosiac, Galaxy and very new lemon drop hop from the states. It's big jucey and aromatic, it may be the hoppiest beer we have ever made. 

Behemoth Good Morning Vietnam Vietnamese Coffee Imperial Stout (9.99%) - So we got back from Vietnam about a month ago and we loved the coffee there. So naturally we bought 18kg back in our suitcase to make this beer. Big rich and full on coffee flavour


Events this week 

Stratosbeer Palmerston North Beer Tasting - Tuesday 23rd May, Celtic Inn, Palmerston North. We're bouncing back to The Celtic Inn for the next tasting in Beer Without Borders' ongoing Palmerston North Beer Tasting Series. Last tasting you tried the Almanac Beer Co Grand Cru 2016 Red, this time is your chance to try the Grand Cru 2016 White! Add to that 5 more mind blowing, palette expanding beers from Baird Beer (first time at a Palmy tasting), The Monarchy, Freigeist Bierkultur / Nøgne Ø and...well, more Almanac Beer Co. Hosted by the one the only the only one Jonathan Galuszka this promises to continue to keep the standard stratospheric! Price - $35 available from

Croucher Brewing Meet the Brewer - 5.30 Wednesday 24 May, Liquorland Forrest Hill, 252 Forrest Hill Rd Auckland.

Rebel County Release Party - 6pm Wednesday 24 May, Mr Toms, 151 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland. New Zealand’s very own Garage Project and global giants Jameson Whiskey have teamed up to create a stunning, rare craft beer. Although this has been done before, the quality of the barrels that have been imported to NZ for this collaboration is extremely rare and unique. So rare, that only 120 cases of this beer are being made.

Glengarry Craft Club: Yeastie Boys Are Back in Town - 7pm Wednesday 24 May, 118 Wellesley Street form 7pm. At last the irreverent Yeastie Boys will be gracing our own Victoria Park store! Brewer Stu McKinlay has been a busy man over in the U.K. but is taking some time out to give us a run down of their most classic and inventive brews. We'll fight for our right to drink great craft beer!

New Release Tasting May - 7pm Wednesday 24 May, Brothers Beer, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland. We're adding more brand new releases and exciting acquisitions to our range at Brothers all the time. We know how hard it is to try everything so come along to our inagural Monthly new release tasting! The Brothers staff will curate our 5 favourite new releases from New Zealand and around the world into an awesome tasting experience. Tickets are $30pp and include a curated tasting paddle and entitle you to 10% off any takeaway purchases on the night.

Heyday Beer Co Christchurch Launch - 5pm Thursday 25 May, Pomeroy's, Kilmore St, Christchurch. Riding the second wave of craft breweries is Heyday Beer Co. Based in Wellington City, Heyday Beer Co are having their first Christchurch beer launch at Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn with two exciting new beers on tap, Horizon APA and Moongold Apricot Ale. Heyday Beer Co's brewer, Sam Whitney, and the rest of the team will be there so come say hey and make it a day to remember.

The British are coming! British beer tap takeover - 4pm Friday, Brewers Co-op, 128 Victoria St West, Auckland. 

Behemoth's Birthday Bake Off - 26-27 May, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Pl, Wellington. We are celebrating Behemoth Brewing Company 4th Birthday!! To celebrate we are having a Birthday cake bake-off and tap takeover. What do I need to do? Bake a birthday cake and bring a slice (or the whole thing) for Andrew aka the Beer Giraffe to tuck in to. Who wins? The baker of Andrews favourite slice! What do I get? The winner will receive a $200 bar tab and bragging rights!

Heyday Beer Co Auckland Launch - 5pm Friday 26 May, Uptown Freehouse, 224 Symonds St, Auckland. Riding the second wave of craft breweries is Heyday Beer Co. Based in Wellington City, Heyday Beer Co are having their first Auckland beer launch at Uptown Freehouse with two exciting new beers on tap, Horizon APA and Moongold Apricot Ale. Heyday Beer Co's brewer, Sam Whitney, and the rest of the team will be there so come say hey and make it a day to remember.

Winter Is Coming Dark Beer Celebration - Saturday 27 May, Craft Hamilton, 15 Hood St, Hamilton. To celebrate the changing of the seasons, Craft is having a tap blackout. 15 taps of dark beer will be pouring. The lineup will include a selection of local and international beers, including a number of Craft-only exclusives. Breweries from Sweden, Denmark, England and New Zealand will be represented.

Beast Feast at The Bresolin - 3.30 Sunday, The Bresolin, 278 Willis St Wellington. McLeod's loves our beer with food, and Wellington's brilliant team at The Bresolin love feasting and collaborating. Match made in heaven! And Beast Feast brings together both in the most wonderful way! 

Events next week

Beer loves food - 6pm Wednesday 31 May, Sawmill Brewery, 1004 Leigh Rd, Matakana. A beer matched 5 course feast at the Smoko Room with new beers and new dishes. Limited tickets available - $95. For any enquiries or to book a ticket email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emerson's Tap Takeover & 2017 JP Belgian Quad Release - 1 June, Fork & Brewer, Bond St, Wellington. We have the Emerson's Brewery Tap Takeover to end all Emerson's Tap Takeovers! All those sneaky little limited Emerson's releases that rarely breach the Dunedin city limits will finally be on tap in Wellington! Also released will be the 10th annual limited beer release in honor of JP (Jean Pierre) Dufour (a.k.a. the JP Brew). We'll be pouring: Hazed & Confused Unfiltered IPA 6.2%; Dubious Dubbel 6.7%; Bird Dog IPA 7%; JP 2017 Belgian Quad (ABV TBC)

Raise for Taranaki Retreat - 7pm 1 June, The Hour Glass, 49 Liardet St, New Plymouth. Raise Awareness - Raise Money - Raise a glass for Taranaki Retreat. Help this significant local cause by purchasing a glass of our special brew, expertly crafted by J&W Brewing for sale for one night only at this fundraising event at the Hour Glass.

Through the Porthole Beer Tasting - 7pm 1 June, The Portsider, 31 George St, Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Join The Portsider and your host, NZ Champion Home Brewer Jamie McQuillan for the first of what will hopefully be an ongoing Beer Tasting series. We're going to take you through the porthole for this opening salvo with Beer from Almanac Beer Co., Gigantic Brewing, La Sirene, Modern Times and Pelican. Tickets are $35 

The Beresford Beer Festival - 1-4 June, The Station, 2 Bereford Sq, Auckland. With the lead up to GABS Festival we will be showcasing some of New Zealands best craft beers, food offerings and entertainment. We may even be able to snag a few gabs beers for your responsible enjoyment!

2017 Okere Falls Strong Beer Festival - 5pm 3 June & 5pm 4 June, Okere Falls Store, 757a State Highway 3, Okere Falls, Rotorua. The Okere Falls Strong Beer Festival is back in true German style over Queen’s Birthday Weekend! Join us for two amazing nights of beer-tasting, bonfires, and live music. These beers were first produced during the ‘Strong Beer Season’ (Starkbierzeit), a tradition begun by 17th century Paulaner monks brewing what they called ‘Holy Father Beer’ (Sankt Vater Bier). Tickets prices, times & further festival details will be available on Eventfinda and our website from 1 May.

St George's Beer Fest - 4 June, Good George Dining Hall, 32A Somerset St, Hamilton. This year we're meeting in the middle between St George's Day and Oktoberfest for St George's Beer Fest, a winter-warming Queens Birthday weekend celebration of beer and St George at the brewery.

Later events

British Beer Week - 5-11 June, Volstead, 55 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch. What better day to kick British Beer Week than Queens Birthday! All week we have Three Taps of the best Britsh beer we can get our hands on, shipped chilled from the UK! Complemented with our own local take on some British classics! 

Behemoth Tap Takeover - 8 June, Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Rd, Christchurch. 

Lagunitas NZ Launch - 9 June, Brothers Beer, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland

Behemoth 4th Birthday and Burgers - 9 June, Punky Brewster, 22B Tyne St, Christchurch. 

Auckland Beer Week - 10-18 June, various venues, Auckland. See website for info and full listing of events. Here's some examples to get you excited:

  • Beer Without Borders Greatest Hits – 7pm Tuesday 13th June, Brothers Beer, City Works Depot, Auckland. Beer Without Borders has now reached 7 years experience in importing some of the finest beers from the USA and around the world, and to celebrate during Auckland Beer Week, they've put together a bunch of their favourite beers to taste along with you at Brothers Beer. Come along and find out what beers they reach for first! Price - $40 available over the bar or
  • Barrel Aged Beer Masterclass – 7pm Wednesday 14th June, Lovebucket, 309 K Road, Auckland. K Road's Lovebucket have teamed up with Beer Without Borders to take a look at some of the best barrel aged beers available in New Zealand, and discuss what about barrel ageing beers makes them so special. This guided tasting includes beers aged in 6 different types of barrel, and the beers come from the following breweries: Almanac (USA), Coronado (USA), Moon Dog (Aus), Mikkeller (Denmark), Brouwerij  De Molen (Holland) and Gigantic Brewing (USA).Price - $35 available over the bar or
  • Dark Beer and Oysters v2.0 – noon Thursday 15th June, Lumsden Freehouse, Newmarket, Auckland. After last years sell out early in the evening, The Lumsden and Beer Without Borders team up again to bring you the best food and drink match known to humanity - Dark Beer and Oysters! On tap will be a selection of dark malt driven magic, and oysters available by the 1/2 or full dozen. Get in early because those heroes in a half shell will sell out quickly!
  • Laughed for Craft, Stand Up Comedy and Craft Beer Night – 7pm 15 June, Glengarry Victoria Park, 118 Wellesley Street, Auckland. Shaking things up for Beer Week, Glengarry Wines and Garage Project are trying something a little different. We've matched beer with food, even with wine and whiskey- but jokes? Garage Project are always testing new material, plus you'll get the best gear from each of our established local comedians. In the wake of their Comedy Fest shows and before Garage Project hits Auckland GABS, it's a marriage between festivals. You may not be spittooning like a wine snob, just try not to spray beer from your nose while some of Auckland's funniest young comedians do their thing. 
  • GABS Auckland - 16-17 June, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

Tiamana & Wild & Woolly (FINAL) Tap Takeover - 15 June, Basque, 8 Courtenay Pl, Wellington. We are very happy (and sad) to announce that we will be hosting the final ever Wild & Woolly tap takeover as Llew plans to go overseas. After they move on from their brewery, Tiamana will be working as a contract brewer so we will be celebrating all things Wild & Woolly and Tiamana!

Festival of Dark Beers - 16-18 June, Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Rd, Christchurch. This is our popular annual tap takeover of dark beers to coincide with the winter solstice. It is a fantastic opportunity to sample up to 30 delicious dark craft beers under one roof over 3 days.

Smiths NZIPA Competition - 22-24 June, Smiths Craft Beer House, Queenstown. It's back! The second annual Smiths New Zealand India Pale Ale Competition. 20 + of the countries best and brightest stars come back to Queenstown to showcase their one of kind all New Zealand Hopped IPA. The event starts on Thursday the 22nd, we'll open the doors at noon with all 22 beers on tap ready go. The party only starts there. Winner announced Sunday.

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...

Winter Ales Festival - 22 July, Hunter Lounge, 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


Beer jobs

Brewery Warehouse Assistant, Good George, Hamilton

You will be mainly responsible for the efficient daily running of the warehouse around finished stock and raw materials management with a priority on health and safety.  You will need to be systems orientated, hardworking, capable of physically demanding work, pay attention to detail and be prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done. You will be someone who takes pride in presentation and a job well done to the highest of standards every time. You will have a minimum of 2 years previous experience in a warehouse environment, ideally with hands on pick/pack, and dispatch experience in “perishable-fresh” products in a refrigerated environment. You must hold a current full driver’s license, and a forklift license and heavy traffic license would be advantageous! You need to be a practical hands on person with an outstanding work ethic and great communication and decision making skills.

Beer Delivery Driver, Good George, Hamilton

As demand continues to grow for our award winning fresh beer we need another delivery driver to help ensure our customers are never left wanting and thirsty. You will need to have a Class 2 Heavy traffic truck license and be physically fit. Your ability to interact with customers well, and ensure that all of our deliveries arrive on time and in full are essential to success in this role.

Head Brewer, Hot Water Brewing, Whenuakite, Coromandel

Experienced in commercial brewing, minimum of 3 years experience and/or relevant brewing qualification with demonstrated experience brewing quality beer. The Head Brewer role is a sole charge, autonomous position which encompasses many facets of a small business, primarily brewing and quality maintenance. The role includes overall responsibility for all aspects of the brewery operations and production process, including brewing, canning, quality, and reporting. 

Brewing/Production Assistant, Lakeman Brewing, Taupo

We are on the hunt for a full time/permanent brewery/production assistant to join our small, fun and friendly team. This person will be involved in bottling production, packaging, dispatch and assisting in the brewing process and potentially some promotional work. Previous experience in a brewery is not a requirement.

Packhall Technician and Sustainability Manager, Garage Project, Wellington

The Packaging Technician and Sustainability Manager is a key role in a busy and dynamic team. This role is responsible for key aspects of production (canning and bottling), ensuring quality standards. At the front line of our production process, you’ll be best placed to manage the sustainability program across the whole business, but predominantly in brew and pack operations. You’ll be responsible for ensuring that our packaging quality and sustainability KPI’s are consistently met. The Production Planning and Procurement Manager needs to juggle and consider multiple stakeholders, such as brew and pack teams, our customers, suppliers, to name a few.

Storeperson Superhero, BeerNZ, Christchurch

BEERNZ is New Zealand’s leading craft beer distributor. We work with over 30 of NZ’s best breweries, distributing their products throughout the country to wholesalers, retailers, bars, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets. We need a new Storeperson, but not your everyday garden variety type. We need someone switched on, who has an incredible work ethic, is impeccably trustworthy, excels at working in a communicative team environment, can think on their feet, is as strong as an ox and is smarter than the average bear.

Brew Bar - Bar Staff Full Time and Part Time, Boneface Brewing, Upper Hutt

Boneface Brewery will be opening to the public in May/June. Looking for full time and part time employees to start in approx 4-5 weeks. We are looking for a person who is passionate about craft beer and has experience working in a bar. Preferred a current Bar Managers License, but for the right person we will put you on the course to get don't let this stop you from applying if you love beer.

Brewer, Hallertau Brewery, Rodney, Auckland

Hallertau Brewery has been brewing up a storm in tropical North West Auckland since 2005. We really like to brew beer and love the beer we brew. We installed a new 20 HL Brewhouse and 12 head filler 3 years ago, and we also recently built a brand spanking new Beirgarten. We are now on the hunt for someone to join our brewery team to keep the beer cranking out.

By BeertownNZ Tue, 23 May 2017 National