Altitude Brewing are using the same base but hopping their beer with Nelson Sauvin hops grown in two different parts of the South Island.
Shining Peak Gung Ho! Fresh Hop IPA sits firmly at the top of ‘Crafty’ Mark Gower’s fresh hop ratings for 2022.
Now in its eighth iteration, Baylands Waifly is a proven fresh hop classic and this year’s is one of the best
Parrotdog Bruce is everything you can hope for — nice upfront peach and tropical fruit flavours with a neat, dry finish.
For lager drinkers it could be way too hoppy, for IPA lovers it might be too light-bodied. But I’m starting to get Cold IPA.
Brothers Beer Modern Love IPA is one of the best showcases of focused citrus purity we’ve encountered this year.
Each fresh hop season you cannot go wrong with Hop Federation Green Limousine IPA, says Tim Newman.
“Crafty” Mark Gower says Bach Brewing Freebird is the one of the best examples of a East Coast Hazy IPA he’s tasted.
Boneface Lithium American Pilsner is intriguing and satisfyingly full-on evolution of the NZ pilsner style.
Tim Newman encounters Behemoth Screw Let’s Brew It, a huge triple IPA (11 per cent ABV) and has a religious experience
Fresh Hop season 2022 is finally underway, and one of the first packaged releases is Sprig + Fern Trifecta Hazy.
Eddyline Happy Camper is crisp, fruity and exceptionally fresh APA that lands a bullseye on its target style.
Unf*ck the world is an unrepentantly nostalgic release from Boneface Brewing: an ode to the IPAs of old
The second release in Lakeman Brewing’s Landscape Series, this beer showcases four wonderful New Zealand hops, Nelson Sauvin, Moutere, Wai-iti and Riwaka.
A raspberry milkshake sour from the dedicated hop-heads in Helensville? What could go wrong? Nothing. it’s a gem.
Brother Thelonius (9.4 per cent ABV) is not quite in the echelon of a Pliny the Elder, but definitely one of those American craft beers with international recognition.
There’s two on-trend brewing techniques going on in Sunshine Brewing’s Rolling Stones Cold Dip Hopped IPA.
Bach Brewing Peach Pucker is bursting with ripe peach puree, jasmine and citrus blossom on a pillow of creamy fruit yoghurt.
Kereru have done a reboot on their Superb Owl Belgian-Style Wit Beer, bringing back a more traditional coriander spice.
The Cryo-Pop blend lacks a bit of lift and zing, but a big, bright and bitter IPA like Epic Cryopop is where it does its best work.
The increasing growth of the zero alcohol beer category is reflected in the fact Lion is “importing” Steinlager 0.0 from Australia.
The polar opposite of hazy on the India Pale spectrum, the India Pale Lager is a rare and frequently excellent style and Bach Wandering IPL is a precise example.
Shining Peak Barrel Aged Brett Saison is a great one to take one’s time with and really get into that complexity.
Brothers Beer are starting the new year’s seasonal brewing off with the cleverly named Martin Scores Hazy, a big Nectaron and Mosaic driven imperial hazy IPA (8 per cent).
Laughing Bones Treeline Mountain IPA is a hybrid of West Coast IPA and Hazy IPA, an east-meets-west amalgamation of styles that deliveries juice and pine, sweet and bitter.
It’s only January but already “Crafty” Mark Gower has found a contender for fridge filler of the year with Double Vision Mouth Party.
However you might feel about the ‘Juice Bomb’ style of hazy, Volstead Riwaka Hazy IPA embodies it perfectly.
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.
From Oamaru’s Belgian style maestros, Craftwork, Good Lord is an unusual bottle-conditioned Tripel.
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...
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? ...
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.
Despite being ‘just’ a porter, Burkes Brewing Unforgiven takes that one brush and paints a masterpiece in black.
Alibi Temna Zima, New Zealand’s Champion Dark Lager, is an immensely satisfying dark lager that compacts many layers of flavour into its extremely mild 4.8 per cent ABV.
Garage Project’s Champion European Ale, Chance Luck & Magic, is an intrinsically individual beer, and as such, is one that may never exist in exactly the same form again
Kereru Amberine is a Belgian-style quadrupel aged in New Zealand whisky barrels and it’s magnificently full-flavoured.