Winner of the massive ‘Juicy/Hazy’ category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards, this full strength Hazy IPA (6.7 per cent ABV) from Waitoa Beer in Wellington is brewed with the new and aptly named ‘Vape’ yeast, tailored just for such beers.  True to its name, Afterglow bears an inviting golden luminosity that shines through the haze.  With some other strong hazies presenting as spoiled milk cut with dirty dishwater, I appreciate the attention to the aesthetic.  Sharp citrus, tropical fruit and drying green herbal notes on the heavily pungent nose, while a more subdued palate brings juicy green apple and pear along with grape and passionfruit.  Light bodied, rapid and refreshing; quick, precise and lithe on the palate  while maintaining that full-strength IPA oomph.

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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.

State of the Hazy Nation Revisited

Luke Nicholas talks about what makes a great hazy IPA and why he believes so many people are falling in love with them.

Issue 60 Summer 2021-22

A road trip to Tekapo to find New Zealand’s best beer, a trip to Waiheke to discover Alibi, the Champion Exhibitor at the Brewers Guild Awards. Plus New Zealand’s Beer Hall of Fame, Small Gods, the state of the hazy nation, and breweries cranking out bike beers.

Editor’s choice: 10 best beer moments of 2021

It's been a long time since I tried to do a list of "best" beers of a year. It's just too damn hard to sort great beers into some kind of ranking order.   I'm more fond of the memorable beers. Occasions. Moments when whatever I was drinking made me stop and really...

Capital Diary December — Festive Bevvies

December beer drinking kicked off with the Summerstock festival where 31 Wellington venues each showcased a summer beer brewed by a NZ craft brewer. The festival lasted a week and I managed to get a taste of 13 before they sold out. The standouts for me were: Brew...

Craftwork Good Lord Abbey Tripel

From Oamaru’s Belgian style maestros, Craftwork, Good Lord is an unusual bottle-conditioned Tripel.