Monthly Archives: January 2009

Orkney ‘Northern Light’

Verbatim: Another beer from the island that gives me my beloved Highland Park whisky. This was a Christmas present to myself, and enjoyed on the occasion of a big family barbeque when my Aunt and Uncle were over from Canada. … Continue reading

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Peak Brewery ‘Monkey Point’ IPA

My payment for helping George and Robyn (mostly Robyn, actually, since George was wounded) move their furniture around in readiness for renovations. It’s basically a ruthlessly traditional IPA. Originally, IPA was what happened when the English over-hopped and strengthened up … Continue reading

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Renaissance ‘Paradox’ Blonde

By “blonde”, here, they mean “golden ale”. You can see I’ve developed an obsession. It’s a great bright gold with lively racing bubbles that make a fine head which lasts all the way down the glass and make for an … Continue reading

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Hopback ‘Summer Lightning’

This brewery’s self-proclaimed ‘flagship beer’, and a hugely-awarded one at that. Bottle-conditioning makes it a conspicuously-hazy warm gold, and it’s quite a lot fuller and maltier in the body than a lot of the Goldens I’ve been having lately. If … Continue reading

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Birra Moretti ‘La Rossa’

This was one of the original beers in the famous chilly bin that George gave me. I remember being hugely impressed, and so leapt at a recent chance for another. It’s a gorgeously-coloured strong Italian(!) doppelbock. It’s a sweet, caramelly, … Continue reading

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Three Boys Pils

A keg of this arrived at work, so I gave it another go, and was grateful I did. It will taste a little different off tap, of course — but my last try of it was also after a long … Continue reading

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Invercargill ‘Biman’

Although winner of its class at the relatively-recent Beer Festival here in town, I hadn’t gotten around to trying one. And damn, was I missing out. It’s genuinely fantastic. Originally (the story goes) brewed to go with the food from … Continue reading

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