This IPA was the winner of the International Pale Ale category (oops!) at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards.  True to its name, along with NZ and US hops, Garage Project Proper Crisp IPA is partially the product of potato slices added to the mash.  Whether it’s the potatoes or some other confluence of magic, the aroma is strikingly bright and clear:  a drizzle of clover honey, with intensely lush and ripe fruit. Sweet orange citrus, passionfruit mango and banana skin follow.  Crisp, clean and rapid on the palate, with more sweet citrus and tropicals blooming briefly before being snapped back into place by the sharp bitterness.  Finishing short, dry and concise.  A profoundly clean and aromatic IPA of such a quality that we’ll surely see more experiments into potato additions further down the track.

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 

Bootleg T Straight Burnout Smokey Stout is tremendous winter drinking, and a superb match for rich and savoury comfort food. 

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

A year on from beer’s #metoo reckoning what action has been taken to make our beer community a safer and more inclusive one?