Fortune Favours The Naturalist Unfiltered Pale Ale (5.3%) - Filtering is used to clarify beer by removing yeast and protein. It makes beer look lovely and bright but its downside is taking out some of the desired flavours. For The Naturalist we use a combination of beer finings and an extended cold conditioning time to clarify the beer while preserving all that flavourful character. The Naturalist perfectly balances and lends itself to multiple pints. Expect citrus flavours from generous hopping which gives orange marmalade, sherbet and a little white pepper spiciness to boot!
Fortune Favours The Risktaker Short Life IPA (6.2%) - The difference between a fresh and aged hoppy beer can be startling. Aging deteriorates hop compounds and while the beer may still be nice they are usually a shadow of their former selves. We carefully manage the cold storage and distribution of The Risktaker in order to ensure you get this beer fresh and the way we want you to taste it, fantastic! Each batch is given a shelf life of just 3 months so you can feel assured you are drinking it at its best. A solid malt base evens up The Risktaker's robust bitterness. Large doses of Nelson Sauvin and Moutere hops give it an unmistakable aroma and flavour. A wonderfully aromatic beer which also packs big resinous flavours.
Fortune Favours The Gatekeeper Leeds St Porter (5.5%) - At the gateway to Leeds St lies Fortune Favours brewery and bar. Within its walls dwells the Gatekeeper; a dark, malty beer enhanced with additions of locally sourced coffee and chocolate. Despite its ability to keep you awake at night it is a genuinely approachable porter, full of flavour without being too heavy. Some would say it is the perfect solution when you really feel like a beer, but are also suffering from caffeine withdrawal! Coffee and cocoa nibs provide an extra boost to the classic porter flavours, nothing over the top but definitely noticeable. A healthy dose of Taiheke hops adds further complexity and provides balance.
Events this week
Great American Beer On Tap This July - various venues from 1 July. As importers of some of the amazing beer from the United States of American we feel it's our duty to remind people of some of the some of the great things Americans do. So some of the very best beer bars in NZ are putting US beers on their taps that most American of holidays.
A Week of American Craft at Regional Wines - 4-8 July, Regional Wines & Spirits, 15 Ellice St, Wellington. Each day, from Tuesday 4th July, we'll be adding a US beer to the Regionals' FYO taps culminating with an instore tasting on Saturday 8th July.
Make Beer Great Again - today 4 July, Brew Union, 41 Broadway, Palmerston North
Fourth of July Tap Takeover - today 4 July, Volstead, 55 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch
Throwback Thursday // Classics - 5pm Thursday 5 July, Goldings Free Dive, 14 Leeds St, Wellington
Cell Division's First Release - with Friends - 6pm Thursday 6 July, The Portsider, 31 George St, Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Cell Division is releasing its first brew to the public and what better way to celebrate than sharing tap space with good friends!
Zeelandt Brewery 330ml Range Launch - WIN travel & bar tabs!! - 7-8 July, Fhloston Paradise, 44 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
HZ Presents: Smash 'n GABS 2 - 7-8 July, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki Street, Wellington. Once again we've been done what needed to and have procured a selection of some of the biggest hits of this year's GABS festival and we'll be putting a bunch of them on tap at the same time next Friday, July 7th.
Double Vision Brewing 1st Birthday - Friday 7 July, Hopgarden, 13 Pirie St, Wellington. Get your party pants on, organize your babysitters and get down to The Hop Garden from 5pm as we will be celebrating Double Vision's 1st Birthday!!! Yes folks, its been a whole year and we want to invite everyone thats supported us along the way to be there to mark this special occasion! The Birthday Bunch will be on tap!!! all 5 brews and will have the Charcoal BBQ cranking
Events next week
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
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
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.
Check our dedicated Beer Jobs post on Beerown.NZ this Thursday