Beer thread



  • Thought I'd start a new one after sampling a superb offering from a micro-brewery in Matakana (Leigh Sawmill Brewery) on the Auckland side of halfway between Auckland and Whangarei.

    Got 4 different ones to try, and today I tried the Pale Ale, one of the best I have tasted in a long while!

    Mrs TR had bought some for me today, after I had been out and bought the new Tui Blond to try, I will have to try it on a clear palate, as it is rubbish in comparison to the Leigh Pale Ale.

    Looking at thier website ([url="http://www.sawmillbrewery.co.nz"]http://www.sawmillbrewery.co.nz[/url]) it is not available North of Matakana, nor south of a couple of stores in Auckland.



  • Have you come across this TR? [url="http://www.moabeer.co.nz/"]http://www.moabeer.co.nz/[/url] I saw it today at the supermarket, unfortunately the bloke giving away the samples was late and I didn't get to try it.



  • not yet, but had heard it was a good drop, another is Tuatara?



  • Tuatara is very good, but bloody strong especially the Belgian type brew.Pretty pricey though, they did win a few awards last year .

    Monteiths and Macs have ciders out for summer, the Macs one is very nice if you like that sort of thing.



  • not a cider person mineself.

    They had a cider at this Brewery as well.



  • WHat a great thread TR !

    Tui blond is shit even compared to normal Tui if you ask me. Personally I'm amazed they've got TWO beers to choose from now.

    Yeah Cider seems to be the way people are going , not surprised Montys and Macs are getting on the bandwagon. Like yourself I'm not really a cider kinda guy though.

    Those microbrewery's do make some top drops Tuatara, Mikes Brewery ( based in taranaki so most likely not available up north ), Moa....a tiny bit more expensive but definitely worth it for a few quiets.



  • TR if you are looking for someone in Whangarei to get boutique beer or wine in for you try Cactus Liquor in the Regent. While I worked there they quite often ordered stuff like that in, sometimes just on a one-off basis.



  • [quote name='taniwharugby']not a cider person mineself.

    They had a cider at this Brewery as well.[/quote]

    If its quality stuff cider can be a great alternative to beer. But man does it sneak up on you.

    I haven't had a quality micro brewery one though.

    It may be frowned upon but Cider and[u] ice[/u] on a summer day is the shit!

    Pretty handy link is this [url="http://www.realbeer.co.nz/nz_breweries/"]http://www.realbeer.co.nz/nz_breweries/[/url] if your planning a road trip for summer.



  • [quote name='MN5']WHat a great thread TR !

    Tui blond is shit even compared to normal Tui if you ask me. Personally I'm amazed they've got TWO beers to choose from now.

    Yeah Cider seems to be the way people are going , not surprised Montys and Macs are getting on the bandwagon. Like yourself I'm not really a cider kinda guy though.

    Those microbrewery's do make some top drops Tuatara, Mikes Brewery ( based in taranaki so most likely not available up north ), Moa....a tiny bit more expensive but definitely worth it for a few quiets.[/quote]

    Found some Mikes in New World up here, went down well!

    Cheers Chiefy, I'll keep that in mind.



  • For those in Australia, my new brew of choice is St Arnau Pilsener. It is crisp, and really tastes fucking amazing. It actually tastes like a European brew. Great stuff.

    Not cheap though.



  • If you blokes like cider, the best in the world is from the West Country. I was down in Bristol a couple of weekends ago and had some stuff called Cheddar Gorge.

    It was flouro orange and had an effect not dissimilar from the good bits of concussion. It was sold to me by a buxom barmaid in a pub called the Apple, which is a moored up barge that sells about a dozen different varieties.

    I was as happy as a dog with two cocks.

    On a beer related note, I live around the corner from a pub that brews its own beer called the Fat Cat and if any of you blokes ever find yourself in this isolated region you should go there - I'll get you a Wild Cat IPA, great stuff



  • On second thought given that we're getting a bit warmer down here in the capital I may try a sixer of cider for shits and giggles one avo. Macs or Monty's depending on whichever one I see first.

    I can imagine the effects do sneak up on you at a great rate of knots.



  • Was a beer connesouir back in the day and the best I can remember was one from the Welsh Borders called Penhros - an absolute top notch pint. Other than that I was weaned on Wadworths and Fullers and a pint of London Pride drunk within five miles of Chiswick is very hard to beat.

    Having said that I spent a few days in Bruges a couple of years ago and the range and quality of beers there was outstanding. Seemingly nothing under 6% though....

    Happy days xzxgood



  • Pride is a fantastic drop Cato xzxdrinks as is ESB IMO.

    TR did you go to Sawmuill Cafe. If not well worth the diversion off SH1 for anyione who has the time. Its a good music venue too.

    New World supermarkets generally have a good selection of boutique bottled beers. Not just in Ajkl but also in the regional centres. Certainly you'll get the Emersons, Muikes, Moa's etc in almost if not all the ones I've been to.

    Been enjoying some Harrington's of late [url="http://harringtonsbreweries.co.nz/products.html"]http://harringtonsbreweries.co.nz/products.html[/url] rogue hop and APA in particular.



  • [quote name='dogmeat']Pride is a fantastic drop Cato xzxdrinks as is ESB IMO.

    TR did you go to Sawmuill Cafe. If not well worth the diversion off SH1 for anyione who has the time. Its a good music venue too.

    New World supermarkets generally have a good selection of boutique bottled beers. Not just in Ajkl but also in the regional centres. Certainly you'll get the Emersons, Muikes, Moa's etc in almost if not all the ones I've been to.

    Been enjoying some Harrington's of late [url="http://harringtonsbreweries.co.nz/products.html"]http://harringtonsbreweries.co.nz/products.html[/url] rogue hop and APA in particular.[/quote]

    Another good one well worth a go is Founders brewery. These guys are based in Nelson and I particularly enjoy their Black and Red beers.



  • [quote name='mariner4life']For those in Australia, my new brew of choice is St Arnau Pilsener. It is crisp, and really tastes fucking amazing. It actually tastes like a European brew. Great stuff.

    Not cheap though.[/quote]

    Have you tried Coopers '62 - it is a plisner and very nice ...



  • [quote name='dogmeat']Pride is a fantastic drop Cato xzxdrinks as is ESB IMO.

    TR did you go to Sawmuill Cafe. If not well worth the diversion off SH1 for anyione who has the time. Its a good music venue too.

    New World supermarkets generally have a good selection of boutique bottled beers. Not just in Ajkl but also in the regional centres. Certainly you'll get the Emersons, Muikes, Moa's etc in almost if not all the ones I've been to.

    Been enjoying some Harrington's of late [url="http://harringtonsbreweries.co.nz/products.html"]http://harringtonsbreweries.co.nz/products.html[/url] rogue hop and APA in particular.[/quote]

    Nah, Mrs TR picked them up for me from the Matakana Market day, but looking at thier webiste, it might worth a visit.



  • [quote name='cd_wilson'][quote name='mariner4life']For those in Australia, my new brew of choice is St Arnau Pilsener. It is crisp, and really tastes fucking amazing. It actually tastes like a European brew. Great stuff.

    Not cheap though.[/quote]

    Have you tried Coopers '62 - it is a plisner and very nice ...[/quote]

    James Squires if your in Sydney was worth the look, especially the Amber Ale.



  • yep Taffy, in 02-05 when i was in Sydney a heap, i used to devour that Amber Ale by the pint at various pubs around the Rocks. Great stuff, although when i have it now, it is just to "heavy" for my tastes the days. Especially in the heat up here.

    And i'll keep an eye out for that Coopers cd, i am sure Dan Murphies will have it at a decent price.



  • had the other 3 types from Leigh Sawmill Brewery.

    Pilsner - another great drop, clean crisp taste and flavours, not as sstrong tasting as some.
    Crystal Wheat beer - havent had alot of wheat beers, and nothing like as sweet as the other wheat beer I have had recently, Erdinger, but again, a good drop.
    Thornycraft dark ale - a strong flavoured dark ale.

    All in all, all of them are well worth it, Pale Ale was my fave, but would certainly drink all again!