Beer thread



  • Well, I was home in NZ last couple of weeks so tried a few things out. I can confirm after spending trying about 4 diff boutique beers (Moa is the only one I can remember the name of), that the best beer I had was a handle of Waikato at Molly's in Te Puke.

    You can never take the bogan out of the boy.



  • [quote name='MajorRage' timestamp='1357292997' post='335500']
    Well, I was home in NZ last couple of weeks so tried a few things out. I can confirm after spending trying about 4 diff boutique beers (Moa is the only one I can remember the name of), that the [b]best beer I had was a handle of Waikato[/b] at Molly's in Te Puke.

    You can never take the bogan out of the boy.
    [/quote]

    Post forwarded to Interpol.



  • Mata Blondie Belgian Wit. Fresh Off the tap at the Pizza Barn, Waipu. A little orangey but good



  • They have a decent range there usually (although havent been out there for about a year)



  • [quote name='Paekakboyz' timestamp='1357284960' post='335486']
    Chur lads, will check those out. Been cranking Asahi at the moment. Doz for $24 which is far cheaper than the usual $16-17 for a half doz... hope they aren't made with radioactive ingredients!
    [/quote]

    Asahi, number one beer in Japan despite being Czech I believe ?

    A Pom and I nailed 48 in one night, we were house sitting and had never met but by the end of the night had solved all the worlds problems. That will always be my abiding memory of that drop but it's decent, no doubt about it and yeah at that price it can't be beat.

    MajorRage.....you'd get on well with the wifes Uncle who drinks anything as long as its Tui

    Personally haven't had a Waikato since the 90's but is it true it is identical to Speights in every way but its name ?



  • All the big brand Lion "ales" are the same beer. Speights Gold, Lion Red, Canterbury Draught, Waikato. It's all the same weasel piss and if you refuse to accept this it just means the marketing plan worked on you.



  • Any opinions on the Moa Original pilsner?



  • [quote name='Tim' timestamp='1358135352' post='337211']
    Any opinions on the Moa Original pilsner?
    [/quote]

    To be honest I haven't drunk Moa since they re-styled and embarked on their public offering and world branding (courtesy of the founding 42 Below Vodka guys). Nothing against them, or the beer (which IIRC was quite nice). It's just where they have positioned themselves in the market. They are aiming at a 'premium' market with very classy looking bottles and the price to match. The pricing just doesn't give value for money to me. The beer is very good but not OMG good. The recipes are quality but not overly interesting that you would pay more to try something different.

    I think that, as a business, they are going to do well as they have seen a market for a 'classy' beer at a premium price and will establish themselves in the world market before selling out to a major player and pocketing the profits (very much like the 42 Below re-run).



  • 8 wired haywired wheat beer. As a fan of wheat beers I was a bit disappointed with this...

    Yeastie boys hud-a-wa strong, very hoppy aroma but pleasently surprised with the soft fruity flavour, not as fizzy as most beers but worked



  • 8 wired haywired wheat beer. As a fan of wheat beers I was a bit disappointed with this...

    Yeastie boys hud-a-wa strong, very hoppy aroma but pleasently surprised with the soft fruity flavour, not as fizzy as most beers but worked



  • I find wheat beers in this part of the world a bit odd. They almost try and over-do it and get it wrong. They taste nothing like the German ones at all, and have got too many other ingredients in it to try and differentiate it from the rest. Went over for a jaunt in Aussie recently and found the same thing with their smaller craft breweries, there were only two I liked of the six or so I tried.

    Tried a few different other beers while I was over there, but I guess most of them aren't available in NZ. Little Creatures is always a nice place to go for a feed and a beer. They've got one in Ric***nd (Melbourne) now, which I enjoyed a lunch session at.

    (NB I wonder why it censored that place name)



  • [quote name='dogmeat' timestamp='1355818168' post='333004']
    I drink craft almost exclusively. Its like wine. It's hard to go back to the cheaper stuff once you develop a taste.

    I also quite like that it makes me drink less.

    [/quote]
    Same here. I now drink less beer (more red wine) but will always try to buy half dozen packs of new beer compared to boxes of same old.



  • Knocked back a couple of Moa breakfast beers. Supposedly a European style breakfast beer. After tasting this (pretty light and very fruity) I can see how this would go well with sausages and eggs for breakfast.

    Not sure why it is bottled with a cork rather than a cap though...



  • There's quite a few bars around Wellington that have a really good range of craft beer on tap. Of the ones I've been to lately - Bin 44 (opposite the Events Centre), Little Beer Quarter, and Meow (both up in a lane at the top end of Manners Street).

    If you like your hoppy strong beers, Tuatara have just released Conehead green hopped IPA. Very tasty.



  • [url="http://www.beertourist.co.nz/index.html"]http://www.beertourist.co.nz/index.html [/url]
    for those with time on their hands and a sober driver. Not sure why the map looks like it is covered in blood splots.



  • well, hasn't the NZ boutique brewery market just exploded? jesus, but there is suddenly a lot of range in the market. I think i tried a lot of the Pale Ale and Pilseners on offer. In my mind, the vast majority were seriously over priced, and not actually that good. For instance, i liked the Emersons, but it definitly didn't have "sessionability".

    I kept going to bars where my choice was 11-12 dollar bottles of craft beer. fuck off.

    Monteiths Pilsener, for all the competition on the market, is still my favourite NZ beer. And i would take "150 Lashes" over any of them.



  • [quote name='mariner4life' timestamp='1367211114' post='362592']
    well, hasn't the NZ boutique brewery market just exploded? jesus, but there is suddenly a lot of range in the market. I think i tried a lot of the Pale Ale and [b]Pilseners [/b]on offer. In my mind, the vast majority were seriously over priced, and not actually that good. For instance, i liked the Emersons, but it definitly didn't have "sessionability".

    I kept going to bars where my choice was 11-12 dollar bottles of craft beer. fuck off.

    Monteiths Pilsener, for all the competition on the market, is still my favourite NZ beer. And i would take "150 Lashes" over any of them.
    [/quote]

    I've had some decent beers that were labelled as Pilsners, but they didn't really taste like pilsners. More like an American IPA or something.



  • They definitly don't taste like european pilseners anyway. i have found that, on both sides of the Tasman, there is very little difference between the tastes of the Pilseners and Pale Ales. In most cases, the Pilsener is just more bitter.

    I am not saying they are bad, i just don't think they are worthy of the price, just so you can appear to be a bit cultured.



  • IMO they definitely aren't as good as nice euro pilsners or kolsches. They also tend to give me a bit of a headache, and I find them a bit heavy after a couple.

    Am looking at doing a bohemian brewery tour later this year. That should be pilsner heaven.



  • Yeah the NZ boutique pilsners are all very dissapointing - just far to bitter, oddly enough the speights tap pilsner is ok but that's not saying much.

    A pity really as a nice pilsner is a a good a drop as any.



  • What are you guys after in a Pilsner? There are different styles within Europe with the 'original' Bohemian style being more bitter (Saaz Hops); the Czech style which is lighter and a generic Euro style (which is really just your bog standard Euro lager).

    The NZ ones tend to be of the Bohemian style but they often confuse matters by mixing in other hop varieties than just Saaz, or in some cases no Saaz at all.

    Tuatara uses Pacific Jade. Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Riwaka.
    Croucher uses Motueka and Riwaka

    Both of these beers are nice to drink but if you are after a taste the same as a brew from Bohemia then they will be different just because of the differing hop flavours.

    I doubt you'd find many craft brewed Pilsners in NZ that only use Saaz, and for good reason. They wouldn't differ much from the Bohemian variety as the would be using the same malt, same hops, same yeast. The only difference would be the water softness/ hardness.

    Why bother duplicating? Leave that for home brewers.



  • You can get Urquell here at a reasonable price The original pilsner which I find similar to some of the more restrained kiwi ones.



  • I've done the Pilsener Urquell brewery tour in Pilzn, good tour. Part of it is down in the original cellars, where they still brew a batch the "traditional" way. Actually tasted pretty good.

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  • I do love a Lion Brown.

    [url="http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/8691997/Lion-Brown-lovers-pledge-lifetime-loyalty"]http://www.stuff.co....ifetime-loyalty[/url]

    [b] Lion Brown lovers pledge lifetime loyalty [/b]
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    Last updated 05:00 20/05/2013

    [img]http://static.BROWN'S BEST: The Lion Brown Ambassadors celebrate their annual awards at Western Park this weekend, dressed in mandatory brown formal wear.

    [b] [/b]While gentlemen's clubs around the world seem to have fallen into a decline, there's one that looks set to stand the test of time.
    They call themselves the Lion Brown Ambassadors.
    About 50 shades of brown gathered at New Plymouth's Western Park on Saturday evening to celebrate the club's annual awards ceremony.
    The group was founded in 2002 when Taranaki boys Michael Barnes and Scott Ireland, along with friend Ben Potaka, developed a love for the drop while working as chiller stackers in Wellington.
    When their close-knit group of friends dispersed after university, holding an annual event in honour of Brown became a good way to get the boys back together.
    Since then, members from around the globe have been accepted into the association which lives for the slogan, "Don't put down the Brown".
    While Ireland said it was a good excuse to get away from your day-to-day duties once a year and reunite with like-minded people, member Josh Cairns took it far more seriously.
    "It is a privilege. It's an association that's filled with men of character and it's a privilege to be able to hang out with them."
    Some of those "men of character" include first-class rugby players Conrad Smith and Jason Eaton.
    Sporting activities or "Brown events" are also held yearly, but this weekend was all about honouring the good work of ambassadors.
    The supreme award, or Lion Brown Ambassador of the Year, went to Auckland member James Kennedy-Good, for his work in Afghanistan with the New Zealand Army.
    To be accepted as a member, one must be nominated by an existing member. Anyone has the right to veto the nomination.
    Mr Ireland said key qualities sought included good storytelling abilities, being a general good guy, and most importantly - commitment. "If you're in it, you're in it forever. You'll travel to awards, you'll go here or there or everywhere."
    When asked what the possibilities were for letting a female into the club, the idea was quickly shut down.
    "The short answer to that would be no," Mr Ireland said. "The events are tailored much more to the male I think."
    With more than 60 members, Mr Cairns said the main goal was to see the group still thriving when they were in their 80s.
    "Every year the new members are younger, so that will keep us old buggers young," Mr Ireland added. "Eventually we'll start living our life through them, I suppose."
    To the critics who look down on the group for appreciating this particular beer, Mr Cairns said: "Don't put down the Brown. It's very sessionable. It's the kind of beer you want to have when you want to have more than three or four beers."
    And although they live and breathe Brown, from time to time, society does demand they drink others.
    "But I would always have Brown in my fridge at home. I would feel bad if an ambassador came to my house for a barbecue and I could not provide him with Brown," Mr Cairns said.



  • I havent had a Lion Brown for ever, so cant even remember what it's like!

    I wonder if there is a Rheineck Appreciation Club....



  • Can fully confirm the Kauri beer is remarketed Rheinek



  • Hooroo Ycat0 and Brown? You gonna have them with chicken in a basket watching benny hill?



  • I'm no beer snob.

    I can't stand Tui or DB Draught and really bitter beers but like most others.

    In the fridge there will generally be 6 of the following, depending my mood

    Coopers with Green Label
    Moa with Red label
    Waikato
    Perroni

    Pretty much those sum up my favourite beers



  • ha ha ha ha. I bought a few Lion Brown's when they re-launched it around about 2002. It was still vile shyte then, haven't touched a drop since then.

    One of those guys there is Muss' nephew too.



  • some more great beer to try, have not heard of Yeastie boys.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/drinks/8972438/Having-an-ale-of-a-time



  • Pump House bar in Sydney - next to the soon-to-be-demolished Entertainment Centre in Haymarket.
     
    Honey Porter. It made me fart a lot. Other than that I didn't particularly enjoy it.



  • Honey Porter? Not a combo I'd instantly think of as a goer but the excess wind is a bonus.
     
    Have a friend down the road who makes excellent brews at home. Just as good as most commercial 'craft beers'. I have challenged him to make an 'ANZAC Biscuit' brew. Dark Gold with Oat creaminess, Golden Syrup and toasted coconut. Should be interesting.



  • The farting was pretty epic... In fact I'm sure if I decided to stand in one place I could have had a bomb threat called in on the Pink concert I was attending.


    I hate autocorrect ...



  • The farting was pretty epic... In fact I'm sure if I decided to stand in one place I could have had a bomb threat called in on the Pink concert I was attending. ----------------------- I hate autocorrect ...

    hahaha what??!! and you have audacity to heckle me for going to basketball?
     
    Aussies do love some Pink.



  • you'd give her one M4L!



  • actually i don't find her even remotely attractive. Small tits, chunky legs, rough head. If she wasn't famous no one would look at her twice.



  • hahaha what??!! and you have audacity to heckle me for going to basketball?
     
    Aussies do love some Pink.

    I wondered if Nick went along with Andy Ellis



  • The place was drowning in rug munchers and beaver leavers so its quite possible he was in the crowd as a beard or a bitch.
     
    Lots of fat chicks wearing inappropriately small clothing, but heaps of hotties - and some real quality in there, not just skanks.
     
    Still less gay than Basketball.



  • So let me get this right Nick.
     
    The audience at a Pink Concert consisted of gays, lesbians, fat hoes, skanks and the odd hottie being leered at by the only straight guy there who was letting rip with trouser bombs?
     
    I think I'd prefer the basketball thanks.


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