Top Beers of 2005
Realbeer.co.nz recently compiled a list of New Zealand’s ten best beers based on results at 2005 beer contests. The results were interesting and controversial – someone even posted a comment (a Mr Peter Creswell of Not PC fame in fact).
I thought it might be amusing in these slow news days to post my own top ten list of commercially available New Zealand beer based on my tasting experiences over the course of 2005.
It is – as is usual for me – in reverse order Miss World-style starting with the honourable mentions. There were three beers that went agonizingly close to making the list but fell just short. In other words, they did much better than Craig McMillan.
Honourable Mention #3 – Invercargill Biman – Novel curry companion beer with a hint of mango.
Honourable Mention #2 – Tuatara IPA – big, fruity and a firm favourite on tap.
Honourable Mention #1 – Mac’s Wicked Blonde – easy to drink yet full flavoured from bottle or tap.
Now for the top ten New Zealand beers of 2005 as judged by me.
#10 – Twisted Hop Challenger – Genuine real ale from a genuine real ale pub.
#9 – Mussel Inn Monkey Puzzle – A hefty Trappist inspired offering which has layers.
#8 – Limburg Pilsner – Simple yet beautiful – a lot like the brewer really.
#7 – Brew Moon Hophead IPA – An intriguing real beer which continues to improve.
#6 – Galbraith’s Resurrection – Strong yet beguiling Trappist inspired libation.
#5 – Moa – Hard to classify but a joy to drink – the champagne of beers.
#4 – Dux de Lux Nor’Wester – I shall never tire of this brilliant brew from the Dux.
#3 – Three Boys Pilsner – stunning debut from a new brewery with balance to die for.
#2 – Emerson’s APA – not as wild as the first run but still bursting with American hop goodness.
#1 – Cock and Bull Monks Habit – Massively full and fresh – a hophead’s dream beer.
Unlike most competitions, correspondence can be entered into either in the comments box below or by email at neil dot miller at beerwriter dot co dot nz.