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Tuesday
Jul052011

NZ Craft Beer TV - Mash Up - Episode 4 - Queenstown

Episode 4 - With an early start out of Queenstown we drive to Arrowtown to visit Darryl Jones and John Timpany of Arrow Brewing Company. We check out the brewery, fermentation, then taste the beers including possibly the worlds best spice beer, which is like drinking Christmas Cake.

A travel show, of a road trip around the craft breweries of New Zealand hosted by brewers Luke Nicholas and Kelly Ryan. We visit the breweries and interview the brewers, to capture their stories and their passion, with the resulting being the world's largest collaboration brew, involving 44 of New Zealand's craft brewers.

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Sunday
Jul032011

Epic Fail

epic fail photos - Epic FAIL
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Thursday
Jun302011

Sport and good beer now an unlikely mix

My most recent column in the Wellingtonian newspaper surveys the range of beer available at most major sporting events and argues the selection does not have to be so bad.  The article is titled "Sport and good beer now an unlikely mix":

"The hirer has the right to sell the liquor rights and usually that is sponsored," Mr Gray said, explaining why there was not a greater variety of beers offered.  "If you offer variety, you reduce the value of that sponsorship."  A spokesman for the picturesque Basin Reserve confirmed a similar process.

Glass Tip - The Wellingtonian 

Monday
Jun272011

Nelson home brewer sees his beer go commercial

 

Photo by Tim Cuff

Nelson home brewer Dale Holland is about to see his award winning Belgian Pale Ale flow from the taps of one of the region’s major craft breweries, the Sprig and Fern.

Dale is one of many local home brewers who pop in to the brewery for advice and ingredients.

Late last year, with feedback from the Sprig and Fern’s head brewer, Tracy Banner, Dale perfected a Belgian Pale Ale that took out the honours at the Society of Beer Advocates National Homebrew Competition in Auckland. Dale’s brew won the Belgian Pale Ale category, Best in Class (Belgian and French Ales), and then went on, against 300 entrants to take out the overall Best Beer award. 

“The judges liked the way I’d created something a bit different – putting a New Zealand spin on a Belgian Pale Ale by using locally grown Motueka hop flowers,” he said. “It adds a passionfruit aroma to the spicy clove flavour this type of beer is known for.

Tracy and fellow Sprig and Fern Brewery co-owner David Barrett were so impressed with Dale’s award winning brew they offered him the opportunity to scale his recipe up to commercial quantities, giving beer lovers the chance to try it as a limited release at Sprig and Fern taverns throughout the Nelson region. Tracy and Dale have worked together on the recipe for the bigger brew, paying particular attention to the yeast, which Tracy said does a lot of the work in creating the traditional flavour and aroma of a Belgian Pale Ale.

“We imported the Belgian Leuven yeast from the USA - it comes in a big heavy bladder, and cost nearly a thousand dollars for just eight litres,” said Tracy. “When it arrived we all took turns cradling it like a baby and it was quite something to see the look on Dale’s face when it was his turn.”

Tracy heads the Sprig and Fern’s small team of three brewers who collectively have nearly six decades of commercial brewing experience. She says it’s been a real buzz for them to make Dale’s beer and to see him get a taste of commercial brewing.

 “Dale’s a very good home brewer but we’ve seen him develop his passion and produce something that’s really professional…he captured a particular beer style, which is essential in today’s craft beer market,” she says. “It’s created interest from a distributor in Christchurch so we hope to see Dale's Belgian Ale go nationwide.”

 Dale and Tracy agree the brew is a win-win for both Dale and the Sprig and Fern Brewery, and also for their malt supplier Cryer Malt, who went the extra mile to source the specialty malts required.

 “I couldn’t believe I’d won the national competition and I found it just as hard to believe the generosity of Tracy and her team,” Dale said. “They were so open to sharing their knowledge and time - I’ve never encountered anything like it before in any other industry.”

 Dale’s Belgian Ale will be launched in all five Sprig and Fern taverns at 4pm, Friday 24 June. For more details see the Sprig and Fern’s website - www.sprigandfern.co.nz

Friday
Jun102011

LOCAL BREWERY READY TO BE TAKEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL

The owners of Nelson's Founders Brewery are moving on after eleven successful years of brewing and trade, with the business officially for sale. Owners, Carol and John Duncan see this as a positive move forward for themselves and their family, and feel that it is the right time for someone to carry on what they have successfully established. The foundations have been laid, and the business is ready and waiting for someone to take it to the next level.
With a history of over 160 years brewing in the Nelson Region, Founders Brewery has been very much a family affair since it began operation in 1999. John and Carol say it’s been a privilege to have been able to work together, share a common goal and grow together with Founders Heritage Park. “We have had a great time and are so proud of what we have achieved, but now we feel the business is ready to be taken to next stage and for someone else to put their stamp on it.”
With small beginnings, but a clear vision of where it was to go, Founders Brewery has been developed into a successful, and unique business, recipient of over 50 International Beer Awards, including Champion Small Brewery 2002 & 2005 AIBA, Champion Small Beer, several ‘Best In Class’ trophies and numerous environmental and innovation awards. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for someone to develop the brewery's thriving presence in the local Nelson market, and continue the success that it has had in Wellington
and other parts of the country. There still remain untapped regions, such as Auckland, which have huge potential, as does the export market.
Founders Brewery has maintained a high standard of integrity, and commitment to its original vision over the years, producing premium certified organic beers, utilising the technologies of today to match the traditions of yesteryear. With an established and widely recognised brand and with plenty of untapped potential, this is a highly regarded business that is ready and waiting for someone to take over the reins.

 

The owners of Nelson's Founders Brewery are moving on after eleven successful years ofbrewing and trade, with the business officially for sale. Owners, Carol and John Duncansee this as a positive move forward for themselves and their family, and feel that it isthe right time for someone to carry on what they have successfully established. Thefoundations have been laid, and the business is ready and waiting for someone to take it tothe next level.

With a history of over 160 years brewing in the Nelson Region, Founders Brewery has beenvery much a family affair since it began operation in 1999. John and Carol say it’s been aprivilege to have been able to work together, share a common goal and grow together withFounders Heritage Park. “We have had a great time and are so proud of what we haveachieved, but now we feel the business is ready to be taken to next stage and for someoneelse to put their stamp on it.”

With small beginnings, but a clear vision of where it was to go, Founders Brewery has beendeveloped into a successful, and unique business, recipient of over 50 International BeerAwards, including Champion Small Brewery 2002 & 2005 AIBA, Champion Small Beer,several ‘Best In Class’ trophies and numerous environmental and innovation awards.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for someone to develop the brewery's thrivingpresence in the local Nelson market, and continue the success that it has had in Wellingtonand other parts of the country. There still remain untapped regions, such as Auckland,which have huge potential, as does the export market.

Founders Brewery has maintained a high standard of integrity, and commitment to itsoriginal vision over the years, producing premium certified organic beers, utilising thetechnologies of today to match the traditions of yesteryear. With an established and widelyrecognised brand and with plenty of untapped potential, this is a highly regarded businessthat is ready and waiting for someone to take over the reins.

Thursday
Jun022011

Ménage à trois results in beery boost for Canterbury

 

A three-way collaboration between New Zealand's hottest beer makers is hitting taps around the country this week and aims to boost Christchurch's ravaged craft brewing community.  Blenheim-based 8 Wired and Renaissance brewing companies have teamed up with Wellington's Yeastie Boys to conjure up 'Rescue Red Ale' - an amber ale dedicated to all of the volunteers who helped out after the devastating Christchurch earthquake and Queensland floods earlier this year.  The resulting beer, which has been released on the same week as brewing giant Lion Nathan announced they would not rebuild their Christchurch brewing facilities, is set to raise money for the New Zealand Brewer's Guild Earthquake Fund. 

"It's a hoppy amber ale, which is pretty popular style amongst craft brewers at the moment" says Brian Thiel of Renaissance Brewing, "but we've thrown the style guidelines out the window and fermented with a funky French farmhouse yeast to spice things up.  It's quite unlike your average beer."  The twist doesn't end at fermentation, with the proceeds from sales being donated to friends in the Christchurch brewing community via the Brewers Guild Earthquake Fund. "You could look at it as us putting the sales proceeds back into the rebuild of our competition.  But we all love great beer no matter who produces it, and we particularly love Christchurch's diverse beer community, so giving something back to them is a win-win situation for us all." 

The collaboration idea was first discussed by the three breweries after September's 7.1 magnitude Christchurch earthquake, then rediscussed after the January Queensland floods, but it was the devastating aftershock of February 22 that finally pushed the idea into reality.  8 Wired's Soren Eriksen, who was in Christchurch with his family on the morning of the quake explains: "We'd all discussed the idea of a charity collaboration beer since the first 'quake but it wasn't until the big one that we really got up to speed. I was downtown Christchurch, with my wife and 5 month old daughter, when the 'quake hit.  We were only seconds away from being covered in rubble. Seeing the devastation and despair first-hand really motivated us to do something for those who weren't so lucky. Making beer is what we do best so this project really was a no brainer. The collaboration aspect emphasises the brotherhood that exists among NZ craft brewers." 

Collaboration beers have been a popular trend amongst craft brewers in the last couple of years, though they generally revolve around two breweries getting together.  Three breweries makes for a quite different dynamic but it certainly didn't result in too many cooks spoiling the broth. "We came down to have some fun in the brewhouse and to do something nice for our good friends in Christchurch," said Yeastie Boys' Stu McKinlay, "and we knew the beer would be great if we just let it work itself out.  It was a true collaborative effort and it so beautifully reflects a little bit of each of us. We made up the recipe around the dinner table the night before and we were still making tweaks on the day. We're loving the result!" 

The collaboration around Rescue Red Ale stretched well beyond the three breweries who got together to produce the beer:  Malt was donated by Gladfield Malt and Cryer Malt, New Zealand's two main craft beer malt suppliers, with all of the hops courtesy of NZ Hops Ltd.  Documentary photographer Jed Soane, of www.thebeerproject.com, captured the brew on film. There is even a little bit of earthquake ravaged Christchurch itself in the mix, with a special tap badge designed by Deflux - a beer-loving design company whose inner city office was hit particularly hard by the February earthquake. 

The beery love does not stop at Christchurch either.  All three breweries sell beer across the Tasman, via the same Brisbane-based distributor, so a pallet of one-way "Eco Kegs" was donated by Ampi Plastics of Australia and proceeds from those sales will be donated to Queensland flood relief. 

The beer is available in keg only via craft beer distributor BeerNZ Limited of Christchurch -www.beernz.co.nz

Renaissance Brewing is an award-wining Marlborough brewery that produce top end, ultra premium ales that enlighten the palate and thrill the senses. Renowned as one of the pioneers of craft beer in New Zealand, they have recently won Champion Stout at the Australian Invernational Beer Awards (the world’s largest annual beer competition) to cement their reputation as the southern hemisphere’s masters of dark beer.

8 Wired Brewing launched in late 2009 with the goal of creating wow-factor brews for beer enthusiasts. The company is run by long time homebrewer, turned professional beergeek, Soren Eriksen and his wife Monique. Since the beginning they have focused on very modern interpretations of age old styles, such as "new world" IPA and brown ales, smoked porter and imperial stouts. Recently they have endeavoured into the world of barrel aged beers and have just released the first of these: Batch 18 - A huge celebration of flavour and creativity packed into one massive stout.

Yeastie Boys is the postmodern concept-brewing brainchild of beer activists Sam Possenniskie and Stu McKinlay - the brewers without a brewery.  Known for their style-bending beers, including the multiple award-winning and contradictory Pot Kettle Black, the Yeastie Boys have recently attracted a whole swag worldwide press attention for producing the world's first peat-smoked "whisky beer" - a beer brewed with Scottish distilling malt.

 

Wednesday
Jun012011

Mash Up - Episode 2 - Dunedin - NZ Craft Beer TV

A travel show, of a road trip around the craft breweries of New Zealand hosted by brewers Luke Nicholas and Kelly Ryan. We visit the breweries and interview the brewers, to capture their stories and their passion, with the resulting being the world's largest collaboration brew, involving 44 of New Zealand's craft brewers.

Episode 2 - we head to Dunedin, and visit the environmentally conscious brewery Green Man Brewery, and talk to Jeremy Seaman and Enrico. Then we sit down with Tom "the Pom" Jones of Crafty Beers and Vicki Purple of Beltane Beers at Eureka in Dunedin.

(this and future episodes will be more online friendly at around 10 minutes) 

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