Waipu-based McLeod’s have teamed up with fellow Northlanders Kaitaia Fire to create a special beer. I’ve always been a huge fan of Kataia Fire’s hot sauce (a local and better subsititute for Tabasco) and this is a great advertisement for their produce. There’s a hint of perfumed heat on a rock-solid Pilsner base. The chili perfectly complements the hops with an added layer of tongue tingling heat that creates a lovely multi-dimensional sensory experience. And I love the tribute to former McLeod’s brewer Mike Stimpson on the back label. A great legacy to a good man gone too soon.
About The Author
Michael Donaldson is the publisher and editor of Pursuit of Hoppiness. He is also the chair of judges for the New World Beer & Cider Awards and the author of Beer Nation, The Hopfather, and the Big Book of Home Brew.
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