Since it began with that outrageous 15% Hazy IPA, these seasonal mini-imperials in 250ml cans from Urbanaut have become one of my favorite series of beers.  Saison is a style that scales up comfortably, getting up around the 8% mark in the strongest examples, but a full 10% is not something I’ve never encountered before.  Big fruity esters adorn the nose, peach starburst lollies, delicate orange citrus, with coriander and white pepper adding some spice.  Sweet pithy citrus ahead of gently warming spice and a hint of ginger on the palate.  Remarkably medium-bodied considering the strength, with fairly low bitterness and a long complex finish.  An excellent drop, and a fine demonstration of how adaptable and robust the saison style is.

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...