urbanaut black ipa

Part of Urbanaut’s new Fantastic Voyage mixed pack of IPAs that includes the much-hyped Crystal IPA.  This Black IPA is just about the polar opposite of hazy, so maybe it’s no wonder I feel like I’ve barely seen any of these the last couple of years…  The aroma brings lemon citrus over smooth chocolatey malts, with cooling pine and mint in support.  More juicy lemon citrus and dark roasted malts on the palate, with the character split evenly between the malt and hops.  Maintains a medium body and a quaffable rapidity on the tongue, staying tight and dry with a lingering roast right on the end of the finish.  Full-on flavours with easy-going drinkability.

Liberty Juice Bro Hazy Pale Ale

With more citrus than the marmalade factory, this new hazy pale ale (5.2 per cent ABV) from Liberty Brewing goes right to the top of my summer six-pack list.   Bursting with tangerine, mandarin and sweet passionfruit flavours — Joe and the team have taken the best...

Lakeman goes lakeside in Taupō

Lakeman brewery has put aside the idea of a farm-based taproom and opened a waterfront pub in Taupō, called Jimmy Coops — named for brewery owner James Cooper.

Wellington’s original craft brewpub turns 10

When it opened 10 years Fork & Brewer redefined the idea of a brewpub in Wellington, being the first in a wave of new establishments

Abandoned Hazy Pale Ale

Mark Gower has found a go-to summer fridge filler with Abandoned Brewery’s smashable hazy pale ale.

Panhead Sandman Hazy Pale Ale

Just released in six-packs, the strikingly packaged Sandman makes a new addition to the Panhead core range.  Super fresh and juicy aromas of pineapple, passionfruit and melon on the nose.  Delightfully refreshing on the palate, with more tropical and crisp white fruit...

Two shots and a pint: How the NZ beer industry joined the Covid health response

There are many ways to encourage Kiwis to embrace science and get vaccinated — but perhaps none quite as delicious and refreshing as these. Vera Alves reports In the “before times”, a beer label wasn’t a place where you’d expect to find a public health statement. But...