Beer thread



  • @Tim was only after I drank it I looked and realised it was 7.5%.

    This chili beer on the other hand, I feel like I ate far too much curry last night 😯

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  • @taniwharugby I've had the Chilli Pils, and would not bother again.



  • @Tim yea I won't be either...first couple of mouthfuls were fine...

    McLeods do make some other good brews though, will stick to them 😎



  • @taniwharugby Yeah, I've had some decent beer from there. Apparently their new head brewer is from 8 Wired.

    They did one with a new trial hop from NZ Plant & Food Research that was pretty good.



  • Nothing particularly new to add to this thread apart from the fact that boofing down something in the region of 18 panhead APAs followed by Red Wine and shots leaves you feeling extremely bloated and hungover. I did this several weeks ago. Pretty rough.

    Has anyone else noticed that mainstream beers have all the nutritional guff on the labels nowadays? whilst they're hardly a 'healthy' option they're certainly a damn sight better for you than craft beers. It's no coincidence that craft beer brewers have big sets of moobs to go with the beards.



  • Boundary Road Chocolate Moose Porter.

    I liked this, it is quite smooth, nice aromas and full of flavour.



  • Also just had the BRB Oatmeal Stout with Arabica coffee.

    Also Liked this one, pretty light for a stout, but good flavours for 6.5%!



  • Had some Pirate Life IIPA yesterday at lunch. 8.8% with big citrus aromas. Very nice.



  • Hallertau Copper Tart Red Ale

    Very pleasant beer, with a creamy head and an interesting after taste. Recommended.

    Only 4% alc too.



  • @tim said in Beer thread:

    Hallertau Copper Tart Red Ale

    Very pleasant beer, with a creamy head and an interesting after taste. Recommended.

    Only 4% alc too.

    Sounds nice.

    Not tart or sour but this Red Ale is one of the most quaffable numbers I have come across. The balance of malt and hops is near on perfect. Hops don't dominate but the flavours come through enough to add interest. Incredibly smooth and just as nice from bottle as it is from cask. alt text





  • @bovidae said in Beer thread:

    As good of a place as any for this. Sad news.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/98445150/nelson-craft-beer-pioneer-terry-mccashin-dies

    An All Black and founder of NZs best mainstream brewery. That's pretty much living the dream right there. Will raise a few Hop Rockers in his memory this weekend. RIP.



  • @bovidae what a legend. Took on the mainstream brewers and more than held his own. Funny how he was frozen out of using mainstream bottlers by the big guns and resorted to the odd shaped bottle that became their trademark. Mac's gold was the precursor to the craft beers we see today.



  • @canefan said in Beer thread:

    @bovidae what a legend. Took on the mainstream brewers and more than held his own. Funny how he was frozen out of using mainstream bottlers by the big guns and resorted to the odd shaped bottle that became their trademark. Mac's gold was the precursor to the craft beers we see today.

    Yep. They're not quite 'craft beer' as we know it today but they still do some absolutely brilliant brews.



  • @mn5 said in Beer thread:

    @bovidae said in Beer thread:

    As good of a place as any for this. Sad news.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/98445150/nelson-craft-beer-pioneer-terry-mccashin-dies

    An All Black and founder of NZs best mainstream brewery. That's pretty much living the dream right there. Will raise a few Hop Rockers in his memory this weekend. RIP.

    Raise a few of the Stoke range too. Macs was brought out years ago by Lion but once the restraint of trade finished the family rebooted the old brewery under the Stoke brand. The big difference Macs brought to NZ was re-introducing batch brewing after a long period of domination by the big two and their continuous fermentation process churning out blandness. It was seeing how a batch brewing business could be successful that led others down that path (eg Emersons) and stretched the palate boundaries a bit in the market. The lessons those outfits learned were passed on to the new wave of smaller brewers we know today.



  • Wakachangi is made by McCashin Breweries



  • @taniwharugby said in Beer thread:

    Wakachangi is made by McCashin Breweries

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  • I've moved again, so am now learning that Canada actually does some really beer. No, not Labatt Blue, Molson Canadian or any of that mass produced stuff.

    Similar to New Zealand there are a lot of smaller breweries in Vancouver, Victoria and the surrounds that produce really tasty batch brews (aka 'craft beer'). None of them really export outside the local area though.

    On the downside, 'imported' beer is harder to find. I haven't seen ANY beer from Australia or New Zealand in the bootle stores here, not even the large ones that are usually exported. Apparently it's just too much hassle, also with the import duty slapped on top. There is the odd UK and European brew in the import section though.



  • I really like happy daze from garage project. I quite like their IPA and I'm about to try their pilsner



  • My future stepson has recently turned 18 and like any good future stepdad I've brought home a couple of brews.

    Amazing how unbelievably satisfying a good old fashioned Corona is with lemon. I've bribed him with some to mow the lawns tonight !!!



  • @mn5 said in Beer thread:

    My future stepson has recently turned 18 and like any good future stepdad I've brought home a couple of brews.

    Amazing how unbelievably satisfying a good old fashioned Corona is with lemon. I've bribed him with some to mow the lawns tonight !!!

    You do realise this is a thread about beer...



  • @dogmeat said in Beer thread:

    @mn5 said in Beer thread:

    My future stepson has recently turned 18 and like any good future stepdad I've brought home a couple of brews.

    Amazing how unbelievably satisfying a good old fashioned Corona is with lemon. I've bribed him with some to mow the lawns tonight !!!

    You do realise this is a thread about beer...

    Sometimes you need to keep it real.

    I told him if he touches my Panhead APA ( best beer of its kind in NZ ) he will die.



  • Just drinking an IPA from Manaia Craft Brewers...

    Only come in 1.125L bottles and this fecker is a beaut at 7.1%!

    Going down far too easy!



  • @taniwharugby cheers fella, I'll be heading up north next Saturday morning so will swing by the market and buy a few bottles.

    How many have you tried -- any recommendations?

    Craft breweries are the new wineries - everyone is dropping out of the rat race to open one. Distribution is still the huge challenge.



  • @nzzp only had the IPA, but have a Dry IPA that I'll probably crack open tomorrow...not sure I can handle another 1.125L of beer today haha #lightweight

    I had the wife swing by the markets today to pick me up some as I hadnt had any of thiers.



  • @nzzp said in Beer thread:

    Craft breweries are the new wineries - everyone is dropping out of the rat race to open one.

    Fermentation volume is a big issue too. I've heard that contract brewers are charging $1 per litre, and wanting payment up front. That can be $100k ...



  • I was reading an article last week that stated there were 194 craft breweries in the country at last count.

    It's a very competitive industry where you need to produce large volumes (by craft brewery standards) to make a decent profit.



  • I heard the jokers at Panhead made an absolute fortune selling out to the big boys. It was pretty cool seeing it on tap in a bar in chch.



  • A lot of those early craft breweries have sold to either Lion or DB. Emersons and Tuatara are two others.

    I'm down in the lower SI for a month so will be trying as many of the local craft beers as possible. Invercargill Brewery has always had some decent beers (e.g. Smokin' Bishop, Pitch Black) so I'm keen to sample some of their summer seasonals.



  • @bovidae yeah are a fair few about, I guess for some it is more a hobby and making a bit of cash on the side, but some get to the point the big boys make them an offer they cant refuse.

    Was reading an article recently in AirNZ Kia Ora magazine about the Parrot Dog guys and thier crowdfunding to get more $$$ for larger operation.

    In the same magazine was about Cassels & Sons in Christchurch too, they are based in a boutique mall at 'The Tannery' which has restaurants and shops as well as lots of beer!

    8 Wired & Sawmill are probably 2 of the more established from Warkworth/Matakana, more recently McLeods in Waipu and now Manaia at Whangarei Heads, with the latter at present only selling at local markets.

    Will be cracking open my Dry IPA from Manaia, also picked up a dozen Harringtons Yankdak APA for $19.99 from New World a couple of weeks back as well as MOA Dry Hopped PIlsner doz for the same, both very good for that price!

    JUst picked up a doz Mac 3 Wolves IPA for $22 and singles of Bach Breweing Witsunday IPA and Good George Blackberry Cider to try.



  • Tuatara make a shitload of different beers but I've yet to find a truly brilliant one.



  • @mn5

    I've always enjoyed Tuatara Ardennes but that has either been discontinued or is getting harder to find.



  • @bovidae said in Beer thread:

    @mn5

    I've always enjoyed Tuatara Ardennes but that has either been discontinued or is getting harder to find.

    Yeah I should probably rephrase that slighly, they've done some goodies but Panhead and GP are better overall.



  • @mn5 the weight of your opinions on Beer took a hit about 6 days ago! (see post 198607)



  • @taniwharugby said in Beer thread:

    @mn5 your opinions on Beer took a hit about 6 days ago!

    When paying for others to drink Corona is a great option. They should be thankful it's not export or tui.



  • Corona.

    A lovely refreshing substitute for orange juice with breakfast. Anything else is better of course but if that's all you've got...



  • Had the Manaia Dry XPA, nice aromas and good flavours, also had the Whitsunday Blonde IPA, which was also good...I think I just like beer!

    Only drawback of the Manaia is that at 1.125L, is a bit more than I want sometimes.



  • @mn5 said in Beer thread:

    Tuatara make a shitload of different beers but I've yet to find a truly brilliant one.

    Tuatara - while none of it is brilliant, every time I visit NZ it's my "safe go-to" when I do a run to the supermarket/bottlestore. I'll typically buy one of anything I haven't seen before, but also a couple of Tuataras as a safety net (if all the rest are shit, at least I've got something I know I like enough) Particularly the Sauvinova - but I'm a sucker for anything with Nelson Sauvin in it.



  • There’s much to appreciate when a brewery gets the basics correct and things like ph levels, mouthfeel, yeast strains etc create nice to drink brews. These breweries end up being the Go to ones. Tuatara certainly fits that bill as does Emerson’s IMO. They also steer away from massive experiments to the main market meaning you can buy a style with confidence in quality and flavor. Other top players like 8Wired and Garage Project make great quality but taste may be a bit more personal



  • Geez no mention of the old dangers lager in here? Although its pretty much just over priced cats piss!


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