Winner of the ‘Wheat & Other Grain’ category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards.  Joe and Sarah Emans, the husband and wife team behind Three Sisters brewery, envisioned a beer in homage to the iconic World War 2 poster featuring Rosie The Riveter.  Pouring a strikingly auburn red, they’ve gotten that part right straight off the bat with this 8.4 per cent beauty.  Flavours of toffee malt, stewed stone fruit and that unmistakable rye spice are right there.  The full bodied palate begins with tart dried fruit, but quickly settles into a smooth, almost buttered pastry note.  As the firm bitterness takes hold of the finish the spice emerges in full, with nutmeg and allspice, leaving that signature warming sensation unique to rye heavy beers.  Big, bold and sumptuously satisfying.

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.