Sparging Online – Issue 1

This is the first issue of the new weekly online publication – Sparging Online.
Sparging has been a print publication since October 1997, that has supplied news and articles on beer and brewing to the New Zealand brewing industry. Sparging has grown every month it has been published and now it is time for it to expand again. With Sparging becoming a weekly online service as well as a monthly print publication it adds value for the readers. Now you get extra benefit of the latest news as it happens as well as the ability for better interaction and feedback. We look forward to your contributions and any comments you may have. Send to

DAVID CRYER LTD – New Zealand’s supplier of quality imported malts.
For more details on these malts, as well as kegs and other brewing supplies
Contact: Ph 021.440.250 e.mail:
WYEAST – the leading source of fermentation cultures for beer and wine making worldwide.
Next shipment deadline 29th October 1999. This is the last New Zealand shipment for the year
Send in your orders NOW! Fax 09.535.4730 e.mail:


New Opening – 30th October 1999
NZ’s first 100% certified ORGANIC Brewery
3 beers on tap,
Tall Blonde – a golden lager
Redhead, – a Vienna style copper – red lager
Long Black – a schwarzbier style black lager
The cafe The Brewers Daughter will also open this weekend serving where ever possible organic food to compliment the beers, and the beer is also used in the cooking. Organic wines and juices also serve.

Founders Historic Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson

Pale Ale No 4: Fuel for the Mutiny

What’s in the bottle?
Australis Hodgson India Pale Ale, 6.3% alc/vol

What’s interesting about this beer?
Well, what isn’t? This cask-conditioned, bottle-refermented IPA is as good as craft brewing gets. In the highly hopped, high-alcohol style of George Hodgson’s fortune-making product of 100 years ago, Australis conditioned this beer for 14 months before bottling, and with fresh yeast in the bottle, it’s a live product bursting with flavours and aromas.

What does it smell and taste like?
Sackloads of Goldings hop flowers produce not only the bitterness but a scented herbaceous aroma. It pours with a mahogany polish and a tight white head. The pale ale malts are enriched with some crystal malt, and make for a big mouthful, surprisingly with citrus notes, which is cut by hop bitterness at the finish. High alcohol gives the beer a vinous quality and spreads the flavours over the palate.

What food does it suit?
At its launch the IPA was teamed with venison steaks and asparagus, and performed with distinction. Spicy Indian curries are not too big for it, either.

Where do you get it?
Galbraith’s Alehouse NZ$6.95 a bottle or $72 a case; Newmarket Wines and Spirits, Super-liquor Waiheke, Hamilton Wine Company.

By Cameron Williamson
Special thanks to The New Zealand Herald for permission to reprint these articles


Do you have empty oak/whisky barrels for sale? If you know where to get these from please email:

Do you have equipment for sale?
Looking for a job?
Looking to buy?
Looking for a brewer?

If you would like to contribute an article or and ad just send an email to

Sparging Online is part of the Real Beer Network.
Also for more beer news subscribe to – BEER Week TM.

Sparging Online. © Copyright 1999 Real Beer, Inc.
All rights reserved. No portion of this newsletter may be republished in any form, electronic or otherwise, without the expressed consent of the publishers.

Leave a Reply