Monthly Archives: May 2011

Yeastie Boys ‘Fools Gold’

Given its provenance, I think it’s safe to assume that the name here is more a Stone Roses reference than an Iron Pyrite one. But hey; you never know — just when you think you’ve got their naming scheme figured-out, … Continue reading

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Renaissance / 8 Wired / Yeastie Boys ‘Rescue Red’

Around a year ago, Luke Nicholas was talking to Sam Calagione and was able to apparently-accurately say that their ‘Portamarillo’ would be New Zealand’s second-ever collaborative brew — after the also-with-Luke Epic / Thornbridge Stout. Now, they’re everywhere. To maybe-needlessly … Continue reading

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Invercargill ‘Pitch Black’

The aforementioned ‘St. Bernard’ was proving a popular guest, and comparisons to ‘Pitch Black’ (made, unprompted, by quite a few people) had kept up enough that a couple of circuits of my ever-skeptical brain had started to fire up and … Continue reading

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Townshend ‘St. Bernard’s’ Oatmeal Stout

I bloody loves Oatmeal Stout, I do — especially in the winter; it’s basically the off-season equivalent of my recurring summertime Golden Ale obsession. There is just something absurdly comforting about a good one, and I’ve been blessed by more … Continue reading

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Beer Diary Podcast episode 3: Stonecutter, Winter Beers (and Rex Attitude)

The weather took a serious turn for the freezing-cold just as we were contemplating our third episode, so something on Winter beers seemed suitable and sensible. It also gives us a chance to talk a bit about how breaking habits, … Continue reading

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Monteith’s ‘Single Source’

Once more unto the brandwank, dear friends, once more. – Not quite Henry V This one positively reeks of being a project out of the marketing department rather than one with its origins in the brain of a brewer, beer … Continue reading

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Epic ‘Hop Zombie’ IIPA

This must be the most-launched beer in recent memory. There was a first launch at Pomeroy’s in Christchurch, and then another at the Malthouse in Wellington (occasionally referred to as the “North Island launch”, in a weirdly straw-clutchy way). A … Continue reading

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