All the Bairds to the Yard
The brewery that helped inspire Hashigo Zake's creation is back in a big way. Tomorrow we celebrate the return of Baird Beer to our country by putting all six kegs from the latest shipment on tap at once.
From midday we'll be tapping:
- Numazu Lager
- Rising Sun Pale Ale
- Single-Take Session Ale
- Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale
- Japan Tale Ale
- Suruga Bay Imperial IPA
Vanilla and SpiceAlong with the new Baird shipment, BwB has received its largest shipment yet from the US. And it's so full of goodness we've got to spread it out over the next few weeks.
We noticed a small theme in a few of the new kegs from Ballast Point, so decided to kick things off this Saturday with a themed mini-takeover. The title might give it away.
Calm Before the Storm is the summer version of the much loved Victory at Sea. Instead of adding coffee and vanilla to a 10% imperial porter, Calm Before the Storm features the two adjuncts in a 5.5% cream ale. We're very interested to see how these two compare - so they'll both be on tap this Saturday.
Wahoo Wheat is a staple of Ballast Point's core range, and a brilliant witbier on its own. But we've got a special version of this refreshing witbier for you on Saturday.
It goes by the fairly unimaginative name of Wahoo with Thai Chilli, Lime and Ginger. Yes, these staples of thai cuisine have been added to the orange peerl and coriander base of Wahoo to make something resembling a delicious thai curry - but in beer form. We thought it'd be fun this Saturday to have this curry beer on next to Ballast Point's other curry beer (because real breweries have more than one curry beer) Indra Kunindra.
Of course, we're not expecting you to drink whole glasses of all four of these heavily flavoured and high alcohol beers - that would be irresponsible. Drawing on the popularity of our Road to Beervana vintage beer flights, we'll be offering tasting flights of all four of these beers while they last. That's a 150ml serve of each, Saturday only.
Carlos Navae Quartet
If the beers aren't spicy enough, this Saturday Carlos Navae is back in the lounge.
Carlos and three buddies will be raising the temperature of the lounge with Afro-Cuban Jazz, Soul, Funk and Caribbean beats.
They kick off at 9.30pm, and enjoying their music won't cost you a penny.
Gigantic comes To Wellington
Next wedenesday Gigantic's head brewer Ben Love will be holding a tasting in the red room - via the internet.
Beer Without Borders have organised for Ben to take us through some of Gigantic's range via a video link to Portland Oregon.
It's also a great opportunity to pick the brain of a leader in one of the world's greatest beer cities.
Ryan from BwB will be hosting the tasting on this end, and has a great lineup planned including brand new beers from the latest shipment:
- Gigantic IPA
- Ginormous IIPA
- White Light White Heat
- Intensify Belgian IPA
- Saboteur Baltic Porter
Morocco meets Belgium
This Tuesday we'll be tapping the first 'preview' keg of an upcoming beer in North End's "Salt & Wood" range - Cuvee du Moor.
Kieran has taken a classic belgian style, quadrupel, and added a Moroccan twist. What makes it Moroccan? Cous cous was added (just for fun) with the malt during the mash, then dates, prunes, raisins and figs were added during the boil. After fermentation the beer was transferred to a brettanomyces infected pinot noir barrel along with even more dates. We're told the brett is subtle at the moment.
Fresh off the Boat
They await your enjoyment:
- Maui Big Swell IPA cans
- Maui CoCoNut Porter cans
- Speakeasy Baby Daddy IPA cans
- Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale 355ml
- Ballast Point Dorado IIPA 355ml
- Ballast Point Pumpkin Down 355ml
- Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin cans
- Almanac Valencia Gold 650ml
More goodies will be making it in as we clear space, keep an eye on the social medias for announcements thereof.