From Oamaru’s Belgian style maestros, Craftwork, this bottle-conditioned Tripel presents the telltale aroma of sweetly pungent spice over a richer and chewier than expected malt base.  The palate too is heftier than your typical Belgian example, with the pilsner, Vienna and toffee malts running the full length and breadth of the palate  Cinnamon spiciness and golden syrup sweetness intertwine with the fruity esters of the Belgian yeast to form a finish that’s initially rich and robust, but in time lifts into the more light and ethereal character of traditional Tripel.  Decant with care, as too much of that yeast sediment will quickly bulldoze those more fragile flavors.

Bootleg burning their own path

When Omicron started its sweep of the country, the Bootleg Sessions were born: music gigs at the brewery’s Matangi base limited to 100 people with all the proceeds going to the musicians.

Taranaki’s booming beer scene

Taranaki breweries have been shining bright at recent awards so we take a trip around the mountain to find the region’s best beer

Good George win Smith’s IPA Challenge — again

Good George has won the Smith’s NZ IPA Challenge in Queenstown for the second year in a row with their Haze of Glory.

Haiku Beer Vol 4

In volume four of his beer Haiku series, Stephen Gallagher takes us from Atlanta to Wanaka for some poetic beers.

Bootleg T-Straight Burnout Stout 

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A year on from beer’s #metoo reckoning what’s changed

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