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Winner of the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards Fruit & Flavoured category, this scintillatingly ruby sour (5.3 per cent) is brewed with blackberries, boysenberries and raspberries.  The aroma is equal parts freshly reduced jam and mixed berry yoghurt, with the deep and lush fruit ripeness meshing perfectly with the tart undercurrent.  The palate begins with a flush of sweet red berry sorbet, before pivoting into drying champagne sharpness, with just a touch of fresh yeast character on the finish.  A delightful sour with enough heft to carry the weighty berry-fruit flavours, but a masterful agility on the palate that ensures no one note lingers for too long.

Three Boys Gas NZIPA

Three Boys Gas NZIPA was originally brewed as a collaboration with Burkes and took third place at the 2021 Smiths IPA challenge.  Now Three Boys have got it into cans for a wider release in their Brewers Reserve series.

Craftwork Good Lord Abbey Tripel

From Oamaru’s Belgian style maestros, Craftwork, Good Lord is an unusual bottle-conditioned Tripel.

Boneface Big Unit Hazy Double IPA

The Unit from Boneface in Upper Hutt was one of the first all New Zealand-hopped hazy IPAs, and it remains one of the best. This souped-up version promises to be twice as nice.  Passionfruit, gooseberry, grapefruit and rockmelon all crowd around the nose, giving a...

Robinsons Trooper English IPA

Christmas time ... when the novelty beers come out to play, and invariably find their way to me from family members who have some vague idea that I’m supposed to be ‘the beer guy’ but very little else in the way of actual beer savvy.  The pick of the bunch this year? ...

8 Wired Hopwired Pacific Sunrise Edition

If you want an example of how hop selection can change a beer compared 8 Wired’s Pacific Sunrise version of Hopwired with the original. It’s a “Sliding Doors” beer.

Burkes Brewing Unforgiven Porter

Despite being ‘just’ a porter, Burkes Brewing Unforgiven takes that one brush and paints a masterpiece in black.