Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25th, 2016

Craftwork Saison Showdown


It's rare to get kegs out of a brewery as small as Oamaru's Craftwork.
When brewing at their 100L scale, a single 20L keg represents 1/5 of an entire batch, or 40 individual bottles they could get out to consumers.

So we are honoured to be pouring two kegs from Craftwork this Saturday, side-by-side.

From midday this Saturday we'll be pouring Saison Zest (saison with orange zest) and Saison Anise (saison with star anise).

Saison Zest comes across as a traditional saison - refreshingly dry with with bright zesty notes. Saison Anise is interesting as the more floral, spicey aspects of star anise come through, rather than a licoricey flavour.

Saturday only we'll be offering up 200ml pours of both these beautiful beers side-by-side in equally beautiful TeKu glassware for just $12.

Oishi Jibiru for NRT


This week we say konnichiwa to a new shipment from Baird Brewing in Numazu, Japan.
Among old favourites like Rising Sun Pale Ale and Suruga Bay IPA is one new seasonal keg: Baird Pacific Porter (8%).

Pacific Porter isn't your average porter however, it is the rare breed of Baltic Porter - a strong porter made with a lager yeast.

Brewer Bryan Baird says it best himself:

"This is the Baird Beer Pacific ocean version of a classic Baltic Porter (a strong dark beer fermented with Lager yeast whose historical roots are in the Baltic sea region countries). Caramel and roasted malts contribute to a body that is chewy but not thick and to a flavor that is sweet but also subtle and smooth.

Baltic Porter is a style that largely had been forgotten until the craft beer renaissance got underway in the 1980s.
We are doing our part to keep this fascinating style alive and relevant today."

We tap Baird Pacific Porter at 5pm this Tuesday, and keep an eye out for other Baird staples hitting the taps like Rising Sun Pale Ale, Teikoku IPA and Suruga Bay IIPA. Kanpai!

Portland Pours Persevere

The Beervana fallout continues, with this weekend looking like it'll be a mini Portland tap-takeover.

Currently on our IPA tap we have the 8% collaboration IIPA between Ecliptic & Worthy: Hopservatory Tropical IIPA. The tropical bit comes from added Mango.

Following the hopservatory keg is HUB Gear UP IPA, and due next on the taps next to it is Eclipctic Capella Porter and Zenith Grapefruit Gose.

So very shortly we'll have three taps with exciting Portland brews pouring, for you to enjoy.

Fresh in the Fridge


Te Aro Brewing's barrel aging programme is small, with only a single barrel being made of each beer. But what little beer does come out of their small stock of barrels is something to behold.

We've had the pleasure of hosting their BA beers on tap, so it's exciting to now stock them in 330ml bottles. We have:
  • Rhubarb Berliner Weisse (3.5%) - $10
  • Boysenberry Saison (6%) - $10
  • Uncle Tom's Bourbon BA Imperial Stout (10.5%) - $16
  • Pinot BA Imperial Chocolate Stout (12%) - $16
After the article broke today detailing Townshend's disastrous dealings with contract brewing it is fitting that we have added a new vintage of their amazing Flemish Stout to the fridge this week.

The 2015 Vintage of Flemish stout comes in at 9%ABV, up from 7.5%. This vintage is a blend of stout aged in oak barrels for 18 months with the Roeselare blend of yeast & bacteria, and a fresh brew of stout. This attains the perfect balance of tart acidity and roasty richness.

The 2015 vintage of Flemish Stout comes in 500ml bottles (down from the 750ml), meaning it comes in at the split-a-bottle-with-a-friend price of $20 per bottle.

Expect to see Townshend on our handpumps too, with no.9 Stout on now and the classic Old House ESB up next.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18th, 2016

A Hangover To Enjoy


Woah, that was some Beervana!

Hopefully everyone has recovered from last week's huge week of all things beer. Down here at Hashigo we still have a hangover of a good kind - in the form of leftover beer.

We've managed to get our hands on the leftovers from the much hyped Oregon bar. And hyped for good reason, as we've got beers coming soon from Crux, HUB, Ecliptic and Base Camp.

I visited Crux and HUB on my trip to Oregon, and rated them near the top of all the breweries we visited (it's hard to compete with Cascade and Upright). Crux does amazing mixed fermentation and barrel aged beers, while HUB nails IPAs and classic styles in a big way.

We've got enough goodies to run a 'Best of Oregon' tap for the next wee while, which you can expect to see things like:
- Base Camp Bretta Livin' Apricot (on now)
- Crux Freak Cake Sour
- Crux Flanders Red
- Ecliptic Ultraviolet Blackberry Sour
- Ecliptic Zenith grapefruit gose
- HUB Noggin Floggin'


There's also a fair few IPA kegs from these brewers which will be hitting our import IPA tap soon.

So keep an eye on our apps, website and social media to keep up with what's pouring from Oregon.

NRT From the Steampunk Capital


Craftwork is a tiny brewery down in Oamaru, producing some of the best Belgian style ales in NZ on a 100L brewery.

This tiny size means the majority of their beer is bottled to reach the widest audience possible. But thanks to a certain beer festival we've managed to acquire a rare Craftwork keg, and it's a goodie.

Craftwork brewers Michael O'Brien and Lee-Ann Scotti teamed up with Kerry Gray of Choice Bros to create Autobarn - a strong (9%) Grisette, aged in a Waitaki Valley Gewurztraminer barrel with the 'Dirty Dozen' brettanomyces blend.

"Kerry Gray from Choice Bros came up with an idea for a collaborative beer. He offered us the full blown farmyard of wild yeasts, called the Dirty Dozen.
We poured it into a freshly emptied Waitaki Valley Gewurztraminer barrel, for the secondary fermentation. On top of that we added a strong version of our Grisette farmhouse ale. Then we let it alone for ten months, to fight it out.

More funk than sour, this beer shows off all the farmyard character of a rustic Belgian Saison, done in an American way.

Strong and yet refreshing, dry, yet surprisingly sweet, with a hint of vanilla oak.
Music match to Kraftwerk's Autobahn. As they say in Belgium, Choice Bro! ?"

We tap our only 20L keg of Autobarn at 5pm Tuesday!

Live in the Lounge: Carlos Navae Latin Funk

Carlos Navae is back, funking up the lounge with his band from 9pm this Saturday.

Carlos always gets everyone out of their seats and having a great time.

As usual Carlos comes to you free of charge, with no door fee.

Reality Check: ANZ 'Craft Beer' Report


Our proprieter and dear leader Dominic has been back at blogging after nearly a year on hiatus.

Prompting his return to public writing was the recent release of ANZ's Craft Beer Industy Insights report for 2016.

This report came up with some headline-friendly conclusions, but are they realistic?

Dominic went through the report, and wrote up a great analysis which you can read here.

PBE 2016: Tickets Available Now!


The next major beer festival in Wellington is our very own Pacific Beer Expo!

Planning is in full swing for this year's event, once again at the beautiful waterfront venue(s) of the Boatshed/Rowing Club.
PBE 2016 occurs on the Saturday and Sunday of Labour Weekend, Oct 22nd & 23rd. Monday is a public holiday so don't worry about booking the Sunday session!

Tickets are just $50 and include a beautiful branded TeKu glass (that is actually made of glass!), some beer tokens to get you going and a couple of food tokens so we're all being responsible.

This year's beer line up is still being finalised, but has already had a huge response from local brewers offering up special festive brews. And BwB are of course organising some exciting beers from across the pacific.

We'll be announcing more beer details right here as they become available, and you can also keep an eye on the Facebook page for up-to-date info.

But for now, lock in your ticket! Book here soon, the Saturday session is looking like a guaranteed sell-out so don't delay!

August 12th, 2016

Unplanned Bathroom Renovations


You may have heard we had some drama at the bar last Friday night.

Don't worry; we're still open for business for this crazy Beervana week! Albeit with a slightly altered toilet arrangement.

At around 11pm on Friday Night our staff began to smell smoke. This is usually a sign that someone has forgotten about a garlic bread in the oven. This time however, the smoky smell was coming from the male toilets.

Upon opening the toilet door our staff were greeted by a wall of thick, black smoke.
The fire had clearly progressed beyond a fire extinguisher’s capabilities, a quick evacuation ensued and the fire brigade were called to combat fire.

Thankfully our amazing fire fighters are situated just up the road, and turned up quickly to put the fire out.

After the carbon monoxide had cleared we were allowed back in, to survey the damage and give statements to police.
The fire investigator found that the fire was deliberately started, by setting a paper towel dispenser alight. Paper towel dispensers don't just spontaneously combust, meaning this potentially life-threatening fire was a malicious act of arson.

As you can see on the left, the male toilets are well and truly out of commission until a full rebuild is carried out. However we are lucky to have enough other toilets in the bar to continue trading. So when you visit this week you'll notice we now have three all-gender toilets.

Please bear with us as we rebuild from this act of vandalism, and we'll have things back to normal as soon as possible.

We also invite anyone with insight into who might have been in or near Hashigo Zake and behaving suspiciously at around 11pm on August 5th to either get in touch with us or call the Police and mention file 160806/5526.

Even Light Can Not Escape 8 Wired


Today is the 8 Wired Blackout, and we now have available four of 8 Wired's most MASSIVE Imperial Stouts.

- 8 Wired iStout 2014 Vintage (10%, 300ml)
- 8 Wired Batch 2.18 Oak Aged Imperial Stout (12%, 200ml)
- 8 Wired Bumaye Imperial Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels (16%, 100ml)

8 Wired Ice Distilled Bumaye (30%, 50ml)

All four of these stouts are available today, and you can try all of them in a four-trip-ticket style flight for just $20.

Ice Distilled Bumaye is the final form of Soren's freeze distillation project. We've seen ice distilled bumaye in its initial 16% form, then 22% a year later, 27% a year after that and now we've reached 30%.

What a beer tastes like after such a treatment will be something to behold, and limited to a lucky few. We've only got a limited amount of this massive beer, which is likely to only be available today so make sure to visit at some stage.

And of course all four stouts will be available on their own if you're just keen on one or two.

Live in the Lounge: Vincent Vega Trio

We've organised a special band outside of our bi-weekly special this Saturday to keep the Beervana energy flowing even after the final session.

Vincent Vega Trio will be performing in the lounge from 10pm this Saturday, continuing on till midnight.

Post-beervana patrons will be treated to a hot blend of surf, funk, soul and blues by Chris Armour - guitar, Greg Crayford - drums and Nick Lissette - bass.

There's no charge for this added entertainment, and we'll likely have some of the delicious blackout/litmus fest leftovers still pouring.

NRT: Beervana Mystery Special

With the insanely packed week of beer that is Beervana week, inevitably comes a lull following. As such, we haven't locked in a rock-star beer for next week's New Release Tuesday.

However, another inevitability following Beervana is a glut of amazing kegs left over from the festival.

We've spied a few pallets of pretty amazing looking US brews chilling out down at the BwB coolstore waiting for this weekend. So on Sunday morning we'll be looking to acquire our favourites from the festival to bring to you over the coming weeks - starting Tuesday.

Keep an eye on our social media for updates on what we've got coming.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

August 4th, 2016

Garage Project 24/24 Style


The last BwB shipment had a stowaway on board - in the form of Garage Project's collaboration with Stone & Coedo.

Tsuyu Saison was brought over speically for Garage Project's upcoming Wellington On A Plate events - but a spare keg was reserved to launch this special beer this Friday at Hashigo Zake.

Tsuyu Saison 
was brewed at Coedo in Japan with Japanese ume (plums) and red perilla.
Perilla is a herb of the mint family, often used to give pickled ume their pink hue.

This 9% ABV saison was hopped with American Jarrylo and New Zealand Motueka hops and aged in NZ Chardonnay barrels to complete the triad of countries.
They made a short video documenting the brew day.

Tsuyu has had a fairly long journey getting here. Brewed in Japan, then cold shipped to the US, where it joined the BwB shipment to be cool shipped to NZ. This round about journey had added a significant cost to an already pricy beer, so don't expect a cheap pint tomorrow! In fact, to ration the beer we'll only be serving 200ml TeKu glasses of Tsuyu.

This will be just like an old Garage 24/24 release, with only 20L of the beer available from 5pm. We expect this one to run out fairly quickly even with the rationing - so make sure you get down close to 5pm tomorrow!

Everybody Likes a Sour Honey Stout


Our NRT for Beervana week had to be a special one, and what better beer to launch than one brewed by our very own bar staff: Nobody Likes a Buzzkill.

The crew came up with a recipe for a fairly standard style: Sour Honey Stout.

Having tried some of Rory's more experimental homebrews, I'm confident that Buzzkill will have a good balance between the funky culture harvested from Almanac Mandarina Sour, honey from Tristan's own beehives and roasty malt.

They only brewed 20L of this trend-setting beer, so it's likely to run out on Tuesday. So make sure you pop in to try it before any other RTB events you might have!

We're tapping Nobody Likes a Buzzkill at 5pm this Tuesday, a rare opportunity to be served by the brewers themselves.

Live in the Lounge: Black Spider Stomp

Saturday's live music act comes from Black Spider Stomp this week.

Sam Thurston, Scott Maynard and Adrian Jensen will be playing awesome good-time Gypsy Jazz Fusion from 9pm this Saturday.

All of this musical talent comes to you free of charge, as always!

It's Next Week!


One thing we've learned on the road to The Road To Beervana is that people prefer drop-in events rather than formal sit-down tastings.

To that end, we've sadly had to cancel next week's Beer & Spirits Tasting with Spiritus due to lack of interest. However we are planning on holding this tasting in the future, when there aren't 50 other events competing with it!


We've also had to cancel the sit down tasting component of Love me a Lager with Tiamana, but the good news is that the three Lagers brewed for the event will still be available as a flight of three next Wednesday.

Annika fermented the same wort with three different lager yeasts - Czech, Danish & California. We'll serve up all three side-by-side next Weds so you can pop in any time and discover the flavours different lager yeasts bring to a beer.

Annika will be there to discuss the subtleties of lager yeast as well.


Litmus Fest is still on track, with all five kegs in the house and ready for next Thursday.

The same goes for next Friday's 8 Wired Blackout, with kegs of BA Bumaye, Batch 2.18 and 2014 vintage iStout arrived. While the precious ice distilled Bumaye is being brought down by hand in the brewers luggage.

Real Nice Beer. On Tap Now. Or soon.


ParrotDog's newly rebranded Pitbull IPA - Wood Rose IPA is on tap now and tasting NICE.

The Flora IPA series hasn't disappointed so far, and is getting people even more excited about their equity crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday August 10.

They released full details this morning, check em out here.
Last night's La Sirene tasting with founder Costa Nikias was great fun, and the skype call only dropped out once.


All four of the tap beers from last night's tasting are still going on tap. Botanique was the second favourite, while Praline came third equal with the bottle Saisonette.
The crowd favourite Farmhouse Red along witht the other bottled La Sirene beers are all available in the fridge now.

Modern Times' seasonal APA Oneida was very popular at it's NRT launch a couple weeks back.
​​​​​​​Another keg of this super fresh beer is hitting the taps shortly, and judging by the previous response - won't stick around for long.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 28th, 2016

Fruit(lands) Salad


The latest BwB shipment hit right in the middle of when Modern Times change the seasonal fruit in their Fruitlands Gose. This means we were able to obtain two versions of the deliciously salty fruit sour.

If you were at our last tasting, you've already had the pleaure of tasting Fruitlands Apricot and Fruitlands Passion Guava side-by-side. The two beers won the tasting (Apricot 1st, Pasion Guava 2nd) so we thought we'd share the experience with everyone this Saturday with a side-by-side bottle pour.

This Saturday from midday we're pouring both the Apricot and Passion Guava versions side-by-side so you can pick your fave.

We'll be pouring 150ml TeKus of each from midday this Saturday, for just $10.

La Sirene Live


Dubbed "possibly the tasting of the year" by a mr @Greasylightbulb, you'd do well to book in for next Wednesday's La Sirene tasting.

Eight La sirene beers will be tasted (pictured right), and you'll be guided by La Sirene founder Costa Nikias joining us live via skype.

Attendees of our previous live-via-skype tastings (Modern Times and Gigantic) will know that this works surprisingly well with punters able to ask questions of the brewer just like they're in the room, all thanks to our experienced IT department.

It's $45 for a spot in the tasting, which includes La Sirene's legendary Praline, and new Imperial Praline beers. You can book over the bar or on cultbeerstore.co.nz.

If you don't have the time to spare for the full tasting, we'll also be offering a $20 flight of the four La Sirene beers on tap: Belle French, Botanique, Praline and Biere Henri.
That's next Wednesday only though, so see you there!

NRT: Speakeasy/Brothers Contraband IPA


Back in 2014 Brandon Nash of Speakeasy Brewing (San Francisco) visited NZ, and brewed a collaboration IPA with Brothers Beer: Northern Hemisphere Contraband IPA.
This was a West-Coast style IPA brewed in NZ with all US hops.

Earlier this year, a contingent from Brother Beer headed to San Francisco and returned the favour by brewing Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA over there.

We managed to secure some of this very interntaional brew in the latest BwB shipment, so this Tuesday we're tapping Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA for the first time.

Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA switches up the formula, with the beer being brewed in the US but using only NZ grown hops.

"Made in collaboration with Brothers Beer in New Zealand, Contraband IPA was created using all Southern Hemisphere hops. Pacific Gem and Nelson [Sauvin] were utilized in the boil, then the beer was dry hopped with Wai-iti.
The beer is full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors: lime, lemon, and mandarin orange.
While Contraband IPA is focused on the hops, the malt bill provides a solid backbone of biscuit and caramel flavors."

It's always interesting to see how NZ hops are utilised by US brewers, and the reviews from the states are glowing so far.

We tap Southern Hemisphere Contraband IPA at 5pm this Tuesday, see you there.

Two Weeks To Go


What?! Beervana is just over two weeks away!

Which means our programme of events is less than two weeks away. It's going to be a busy week, so here's what we've got:

Tuesday August 9th: Beyond Barley Beer & Spirits Tasting with Spiritus
Wednesday August 10th: Love Me A Lager with Tiamana
Thursday August 11th: Litmus Fest Sour Tap Takeover
Friday August 12th: 8 Wired Blackout Imperial Stout Takeover

The first three events require bookings, so make sure you lock in your place.

Some Beers You Can Drink Now, or Maybe Later


If there were a Trappist brewery in San Francisco I'd imagine their Quadrupel would taste something like Almanac's Paris of the West Quad.

At 9.5% it's not a starter beer by any means. But it's rich raisiny malt (backed up by actual raisins) works beautifully with the hint of orange. It's all beautifully balanced. If you just want  nip we're serving it up in 200ml Teku or otherwise there's the/ 300ml fancy glass.

I asked Ava what makes Queen About Town a "Winter IPA", thinking there might be a wintery adjunct added.
Thankfully not, she's just amplified the malt character in this NZ hopped IPA to give it a richer base than your usual super-pale west coast style IPA.
It's hopped with Waimea, Brooklyn Moutere, Rakau and Green Bullet.

These four come together very nicely in this very satisfying IPA.

It's Modern Times Blazing World IPA, on tap.
You know it's good, you know it's fresh (kegged mid June), you know you want it.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21st, 2016

La Sirène, Le Retour


La Sirene stand out from every other Australian brewer, not just because they consistently make some of the best beer in the country - but also their focus on Belgian farmhouse style beers.

We found this out first hand last year when a small shipment came across the ditch for PBE. Since then BwB has been working on second -and it is just days away from arrival.

To give La Sirene the welcome it deserves, we're holding a simultaneous tap takeover and tasting on Wednesday August 3rd.

The best part of it all is: La Sirene Founder Costa Nikias will be joining live via skype to take us through his range of beers!
Costa will take us through these eight beers from his lineup:

Saisonette: "A tribute to the original Saison producers in the Wallonia region of Southern Belgium.
Saisonette is a low alcohol (3.8%) rustic Saison, produced in a true to style manner.

Belle French Ale: "A French farmhouse style table beer for all occassions."

Saison: "La Sirène Saison is a beer that is special to our hearts and is a tribute to the style born in the Wallonia region of Southern Belgium, where these Farmhouse styles were brewed to quench the thirst of field workers."

Farmhouse Red: "La Sirène Farmhouse Red is a rustic style Red Ale brewed using age old Flemish brewing techniques.
5 different Belgian specialty malts were used to brew this recipe along with fresh rose buds, hibiscus & dandelions to provide for a provincial farmhouse style Belgian ale experience."

Botanique (winter): "Our current Winter Botanique incorporates in-season mandarin peel with fresh white whole peppercorns infused into a Saison base beer.
The beer has fresh mandarin citrus aromas that meld wonderfully with our yeast driven characters, and warms with the slight heat & spice of the freshly cracked white pepper. "

Praline: "A very special Belgian chocolate ale. Building on a Belgian stout base, it is brewed with organic vanilla pods, cacao nibs from Mexico and hazelnuts and with a creamy body, it is velvety, dark and seductive."
  • (GABS) Festival Mx People's Choice Award Winner 2014
  • The Local Taphouse Australia's Hottest 100 Beers 2014: #5
Biere Henri: "Bière Henri pays homage to a French flavour invention that revolutionised the the pastry world. Complementary desert flavours with prominent spices to deliver a rounded experience."

Imperial Praline: "The evolution of our renowned and beloved Praline. With it’s own grain bill and the proliferation of cacao, hand scraped vanilla and hazelnut."

very limited quantity of imperial Praline is coming into NZ. So little in fact, that this beer won't be released for sale. Your only chance to try this beer will be at tastings like this!

Tickets to the tasting are just $45, and are available now over the bar or on cultbeerstore.co.nz.

If you're keen for a La Sirene fix, but can't make it to the Wednesday tasting - never fear!

On the night of the tasting we'll have four La Sirene beers on tap for the tasting:
  • Belle French Ale
  • Botanique
  • Praline
  • Biere Henri
So naturally we'll also be offering a $20 tasting flight of each of these beers from midday on Wednesday the 3rd.
Meaning if you're short on time you can still get a taste of Aussies best farmhouse brewer.

Live in the Lounge: Tawhiri Funk


This Saturday's live music act is new to HZ, but contains a fimilar face.

Tawhiri Funk is a new band, and contains Uncle Silverback of Rhino-Boogie fame.

From 9pm this Saturday come on down and enjoy their super-heavy, super-tight, super-hype live funk, jazz and hip hop. There'll be original compositions, funky reworkings and free improvised future funk.

Tawhiri funk are: Thomas Friggins - Drums & Samples, Lorenzo Pradel - Alto Sax-Raps, Rainbow Warrior - Tenor Sax, Uncle Silverback - Bass Trombone-Turntablism & Ayrton Foote - Organ Fonk.

NRT: Te Aro Oatmeal Stout


Our next New Release Tuesday is a wintry Oatmeal Stout from Te Aro Brewing Co.

Head brewer Karl made the gutsy call to use 25% oats - increasing the chance of a tough brewday but also upping the thick texture that oats provide to a stout.

We're looking forward to seeing how a beer that is one quarter oats tastes when we tap this 5.1% brew on Tuesday at 5pm.

RTB Simplified


Now that you've had a chance to digest last week's info dump regarding our Road to Beervana events, you can purchase tickets to your selected events over on our special RTB Cultbeerstore page.
You may notice one event there which wasn't mentioned last week: A screening of the movie PDX: Brew City at Lighthouse Cinema Cuba.

This one's being put on by Beer Without Borders, but $30 gets you entry to the film, a glass of Gigantic Brewing Co. Beer and a Yakitori Skewer from "Kushi" (AKA the transformed Grill Meats Beer Yakitori / Baird Brewing Bar as a part of Road to Beervana).

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14th, 2016

Fresh 'n Fruity Wednesday



Tickets are still available for our next new shipment tasting, featuring brand new beers from Modern Times, and super fresh IPA's from Speakeasy.

We'll be tasting:
  • Maui Pineapple Mana Wheat
  • Modern Times Fruitlands Passion Guava GoseApricot Gose
  • Modern Times Oneida Pale Ale
  • Modern Times City of the Dead Foreign Extra Stout
  • Speakeasy Vendetta IPA
  • Speakeasy Double Daddy IIPA
Remember, it's just $40 to try all seven of these beers - book your spot on cultbeerstore.co.nz or over the bar. What else are ya gonna do on a Wednesday night?

Bourbon Beer - Balance or Brutality?


Speakeasy Bourbon BA Scarface (9.5%) and Gigantic MOST Most Premium (11.5%) are both bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts, but take vastly different approaches to the style.

Speakeasy Scarface was back-blended with a non-barrel aged version, to find a balance between the beer and bourbon.
While Gigatnic MOST Most Premium is the pure  unadulterated, in your face bourbon barrel aged beer.

To compare the two approaches to this extreme style of beer, this Saturday from midday we'll be doing 100ml bottle pours of both of these big bourbony beasts side-by-side for $12.

These usually come at $45 per bottle, so this is a great way to experience the marriage of bourbon and beer.

On-ee-da? Won-ee-dah? Oh-nye-dah?


The chilled container with the next US West Coast shipment is currently on the final leg of its journey, from Auckland to Wellington.

This means we're definitely on for next week's New Release Tuesday: Modern Times Oneida 2016.

This year's Oneida has come down in ABV to 5.2%, putting it squarely in the easy drinking pale ale category:
"Oneida is Hallertau Blanc-centric. The bright tropical fruit and lemongrass notes give it an uber-pungent aroma, with the grapefruity citrus of Cascade providing a touch of balance.
We've also added experimental hop variety 05256 to the mix, adding a nice hop complexity while keeping it a drinkable pale ale.

While more aggressively bitter than Fortunate Islands, Oneida still has a light body and moderate ABV."

Come on down this Tuesday from 5pm to taste Oneida as fresh as possible! Bonus marks to anyone who knows how "Oneida" is correctly pronounced.

Hashigo Zake's Road to Beervana


I teased last week, but this week you get the motherload of Road To Beervana info.

Before we get too deep into the details, here is a quick TL;DR summation of our event lineup for the week:
  • Tuesday Aug 9th, 5pm: NRT; Staffie Series - "Nobody Likes a Buzzkill" Sour Honey Stout
  • Tuesday Aug 9th, 6pm: Beyond Barley, Beer & Spirit tasting with Spiritus
  • Wednesday Aug 10th: Love Me a Lager, lager tasting with Tiamana
  • Thursday Aug 11th: Litmus Fest, sour tap tap takeover
  • Friday Aug 12th: 8 Wired Blackout, 4 x 8 wired imperial stouts on tap.
Now for all the details.



The HZ staff all piled in for this special NRT for RTB: Nobody Likes a Buzzkill.

Rory, Tory, Jonny, Mathias and Tristan all piled in to Wild & Woolly brewery and made  just 20L of this sour honey stout.

Yup, Nobody Likes a Buzzkill is a sour honey stout. The team put together a stout recipe, added sediment harvested from Almanac Mandarina Sour and threw in some honey from Tristan's own beehives.
It's still developing, so we'll have more details about the beer closer to the 9th.



What: Road To Beervana - Beer & Spirit Matching with Spritus
When: Tuesday August 9th, 6pm - 8.30pm
Where: Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington
How Much: $55
Why does barley always steal the show? We give other grains other than barley the spotlight with Hashigo Zake beers matched to Spiritus spirits made with rye, oat, wheat and more.
Spiritus' range features spirits from small US producers like Koval, Few and Mississippi River Distilling. These distillers create small batches of more adventurous spirits, sometimes using non-standard ingredients.
Jonny from Hashigo Zake and Maria from Spiritus will take you through six beers and six spirits, with a few snacks to keep the stomach lined.

Full beer and spirit lineup will be announced on the event page soon.

Book over the bar or on cultbeerstore.co.nz



What: Road To Beervana - Lager Tasting with Tiamana
When: Wednesday August 10th, 6pm-8.30pm
Where: Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington
How Much: $45
Tiamana brewer Annika Naschitzki will take you through the breadth and depth of lager styles, including three beers made specially for the tasting!
Annika has brewed a simple base beer and split it into three 20 litre batches, which were then each fermented with a different lager yeast. 
These three lagers will be tasted side-by-side to really analyse the difference various lager yeasts make.

Annika will also take you through some lesser known lager styles, like Doppelbock, India Pale Lager, and Baltic Porter.

Eight beers will be tasted, along with delicious snacks from Annika's homeland of Germany.

the full lineup will be announced on the event page once Annika's back from Germany.

But you can book now over the bar or on cultbeerstore.co.nz.



What: Seriously Sour Tap Takeover
When: Thursday August 11th, 12pm-8pm
Where: Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington
How Much: $60
Litmus Fest is your chance to melt your teeth and dissolve your stomach lining.
Your ticket entitles your to one each of five serious sour beers on tap, and rolling hourly bottle pours of sours from the naughty fridge between 4pm and 8pm.

We're not talking kettle sours, or just 'tart' beers here. We're talking seriously sour, and on tap.
You'll be given a set of five tokens on arrival, each of which you can exchange for their corresponding sour beer.

On tap we'll have beers from Belgium's Bacchus and Liefmans, Almanac from San Francisco and a new sour from our very own 8 Wired.

Between 4pm and 8pm on the hour we'll also be pouring samples of some of the more serious sours from our 'naughty fridge' for Litmus Fest participants to enjoy.
Don't worry, the Gaviscon® is on us.

There's limited beer available, so book now to secure your tokens to Litmus fest.
Book over the bar or on cultbeerstore.co.nz



What: Four MASSIVE 8 Wired Imperial Stouts on tap
When: Friday August 11th, 12pm - late
Where: Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington
How Much: $20 for a glass of each, over the bar

On the Friday of Beervana, grab a tasting flight of four MASSIVE stouts from 8 Wired.

On tap we'll have Ice Distilled Bumaye (30%-ish ABV), a new Barrel Aged version of batch #2 Bumaye (16%-ish ABV), Barrel Aged Batch 2.18 (11% ABV) & 2014 Vintage iStout (10.5% ABV) from our cellar.

These stouts start at 10.5% and only go up from there, so prepare for some HUGE flavours.

For just $20 you can grab a multi-trip ticket for a glass of each of these impressive beers.
Obviously with the strength of these beers, the size of these glasses will vary from small to very small!

On Tap & Coming Soon


The second and final keg of Tasi's Staffie Brew Plummy the Elder Plum Porter is on tap now.

Somehow, a few weeks in the keg has caused the plum aromas and flavours to really amp up.
This'll be your last chance to taste Tasi's handiwork.



ParrotDog recently started to re-brand their plethora of IPA recipes under one label: The Flora Series.
So far Riwaka Secret has become Flora: Kowhai IIPA and BloodyDingo has become Flora: Rata Imperial Red IPA.
They're releasing Flora beers mainly in their now 500ml bottle, but we've managed to grab a keg of Rata which should come on tonight.

Also, check out ParrotDog's hilarious equity crowdfunding announcement 'press conference'.
Nice.


Once this keg of Croucher Black Forest Sour goes (which is an amazing sour beer in its own right), we'll be tapping a keg of legit Belgian Lambic: Lindemans Gueuze.

We even serve it in pints, so keep an eye out on for this one coming on soon.