This IPA from Brothers Beer (5.9 per cent ABV) utilises the new Cryo Pop pellets from Yakima Chief. They are extracted from a blend of American hops and designed as a fire-and-forget solution to aroma in an IPA.  Are they any good?  Let’s see… The nose is clean and relatively soft, with stone fruit, white grape and grapefruit citrus along with a streak of more lifted tropical melon and pineapple.  The palate is still a fairly soft touch, with the tropicals and citrus taking command alongside a nicely dry crunchy malt.  A light body, rapid palate and keen bitterness all make for a supremely drinkable IPA that I could blast through a couple of pints of all too easily.  As for the effectiveness of Cryo Pop, I’ll need to try some more examples before rendering a verdict, but I’d say it’s working well here.

Volstead Lupulin Block West Coast IPA

A new release from Christchurch’s IPA specialists, the Volstead Trading Company this 6.5 per cent IPA is fueled by American Sultana and Chinook hops. The aroma brings bright grapefruit citrus, zesty orange peel and spice over an expressive malt richness.  The palate...

Garage Project 10 Triple Hazy IPA

A big birthday requires a big beer and in this case Garage Project have delivered a monster! Fresh off their win at the 2021 NZ Beer Guild Awards, New Zealand’s Champion Large Brewery of the year has produced a triple hazy IPA celebrating 10 years in the brew...

Garage Project Tiny But Mighty alcohol free Hazy IPA

Light IPAs have made great strides in the past few years, but a truly alcohol-free example that still drinks well has always seemed like an impossible target.  But this year some brewers have finally begun to make the breakthrough.  The aroma in this sub-0.5 per cent...

Spaten Oktoberfestbier

Oktoberfest suffered its second cancellation due to Covid-19 in as many years, and while this must be a crushing disappointment for the Bavarians, there’s actually a silver lining in it for us.  With so much of the Oktoberfest beer going un-drunk in Germany, more...

ChinChiller Touch My Wenis Pilsner

From ChinChiller, the production arm of Christchurch’s Brew Academy, this curiously-named pilsner refers to the Covid-19 elbow-handshake that was ubiquitous around the time it was first being brewed.  A battery of New Zealand hops (Wai-iti, Motueka, Pacifica, Riwaka)...

Sawmill Bare Beer

Sawmill are the second Kiwi craft brewery to come to market with a zero ABV beer, after Bach Brewing's All Day Non-Alcoholic IPA. Sawmill's Bare Beer is a completely different beast (and yes, it is possible to have great variation in these products ... they don't have...