For want of a better description Small Gods is the brewing arm of Beer Jerk. They’ve teamed up with Hawke’s Bay classicists Zeelandt to create an excellent German Rauchbier, a beechwood smoked lager. This also utilises the uncommon technique of ‘decoction’ mashing. Gentle smoke wafts over toasted grain on the nose, with a distant grassy hop character hiding away. The palate is dynamic, with the smoke kicking things off before the highly expressive malts take over, finally subsiding into a clean and firmly bitter finish. A hugely characterful lager that’s uniquely suited for winter drinking.
About The Author
Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
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