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This is another reason for me to get myself down for some winter. QTs always had one of NZs best nights out, I reckon.
down there in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to biking the gondola trails and finding the crafty beerz!
Drinking a 50:50 blend of Tuatara Ardennes and my home brewed Blueberry Wheat Beer. Best beer I had this year!!!
I'll definitely be brewing something along the line of this next time I brew a fruit beer.
Tuatara Hefe - very pleasant drop after a hard day refitting the shed. Decided I am going to try and make it I am enjoying it so much!
To keep the Tuatara love going, I had a couple of real tasty beers last night worth a mention. Probably no surprise when Mike is brewing up a storm there but these were both just so clean and fresh tasting. A Pils at the Brooklyn Cinema, I don't drink a lot of pils but this was brilliant. Great aroma on the nose, clean, crisp, refreshing, just what I needed after a day of painting the spare room. Then onto the Monterey at Newtown for a burger and a Tuatara APA on tap. Again, a wicked nose on this, tons of hops coming through, a thick body and excellent drinkability. Well done Tuatara, I don't drink much of the range these days but with beers this good I'll be back for more.
I'll second the pilsner too, just had a bottle of that while i soaked in the bath reading Yeast. One of the nicest pilsners I've had in a long time.
KPA - My Kohatu Pale Ale -
Normally I brew beers that are much higher in IBUs, but I have been trying to make beers to introduce non-homebrewers to the craftbrew world. I think I hit it with this one. The recipe is in the recipe advice thread...
It only comes in at 35 - 36 IBU, and as such is not overpowering in its bitterness. The Kohatu hops have an oddly different aroma that is entertaining. However, the alcohol is deceptive as the 5.5 abv creeps up as it goers down so easy. Although it is not one of my hop head beers, I am actually enjoying this. Atleast I am enjoying it more than a Sassy Red or other big brewer beer. (Not as much as great beers like Yeasty Boys, Hopwired, and Tuatara's APA.)
If one of you in Welly want to have some, let me know.
Tonight was a degustaion menu matched to beer at Hashigo Zake.
Green Papaya salad matched to Nøgne Saison
Cold fresh tofu with fresh grated Ginger and some spring onion doused in hot sesame oil matched to La Chouffe blond
Chicken Sate chilli peanut sauce matched to Baird "Angry boy brown ale"
Pork belly stir fried with Kimchi matched with Green Flash West Coast IPA
Chinese roasted duck breast matched to 8wired Big smoke
rich Christmas cake with 5spice and star anise chocolate sauce matched to Shiggys homebrew imperial Russian stout.
Best match for me was the Duck and big smoke (Tofu and Chouffe a VERY close 2nd)
Best beer was big smoke runner up was Nøgne Saison
Best dish was the Pork belly, runner up was Duck
Pics uploaded to my other website here..... http://forums.freeriden.co.nz/viewtopic.php?p=148272#148272
8 Wired Haywired - this beer is fucking badass!
For one, 1968? Wow, this does not taste like 1968, it's crisp, dry, clean, brilliant, a yeast I'm kinda bored with you've got a very different and outstanding character out of.
Hop character - pleasantly hoppy without being in your face, some nice sauvin lurking down the back there I'm guessing? A little white pepper as it warms. Some just-juice as it rolls of the tongue. This hop character is amazing, it's kinda subtle but soooo complex.
Staunch bitterness that adds real nice to that crisp finish.
Malt character is there, somewhere, behind the hops, that Gladfield pale is really good, going to have to get some of that to have a play with.
Ahhh so well balanced. Wish it was a hot Saturday arvo so I could drink a dozen of these in the sun.
I demand the recipe if you're reading this Soren!
Water & Bunderberg's Ginger Beer
I managed to get some nasty food poisoning and was out of commission yesterday, so I think beer is out of the equation tonight.