Winner of the European Ale category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards. Garage Project’s Chance Luck and Magic (8.2per cent) combines three years of 100 per cent spontaneously fermented beer, founder and head brewer Pete Gillespie describes the beer as the ultimate expression of the Wild Workshop project, and ‘wild’ just about describes it.  A lilting aroma of dried fruit, toasted walnut and complex oak is punctuated by a razor sharp tang that hints at the force of the flavour pent up within.  That flavour is brutally sour at first, but soon coalesces into a symphony of incredible depth and structure, treating the palate to a vast permutation of flavours on the way to the exceptionally long finish.  Arresting and confrontational, while intricately complex and fragile.  An intrinsically individual beer, and as such, is one that may never exist in exactly the same form again.

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.