Following another triumphant appearance at Mac’s Brewbars last year, the seasonal madness that is Brewjolais makes its third appearance in 2008. Our Mac’s Brewers have been busy picking the first Riwaka hops of the season and adding them green and fresh to a pale ale to produce a very hoppy, bitter beer – Mac’s Brewjolais.
Mac’s Brewjolais celebrates and honours the annual hop harvest and 2008 promises to be a vintage year for fresh hops and fresh thinking.
“This year’s vintage is a little different, as is becoming tradition with Brewjolais. We have kept the malt grist simple, as this beer is all about the hops,” says Mac’s Marketing Manager Kerry Wheeler.
“We’ve used Riwaka hops, from Colin Oldham’s farm in the Rakau Valley and added 12 pokes of fresh, un-kilned Riwaka hops, which have added a huge passionfruit character to the beer.”
Mac’s Brewjolais is fermented with an American ale yeast to develop this fruit character further, resulting in a satisfying ale that is full in flavour and bitterness.
Ensure you make the most of the limited release Mac’s Brewjolais, because when it runs out, 12 months will seem like an awfully long time to wait for the next batch.
Mac’s Brewjolais has an ABV of 5.5% and is available fresh on tap from the following selected outlets:
The Northern Steamship Brewbar – Auckland
Nuffield Street Brewbar – Auckland
Brewery Bar and Restaurant – Wellington
Aikmans – Christchurch
Smugglers Pub and Café – Nelson
The Honest Lawyer – Nelson
Victorian Rose – Nelson
Prince Albert Hotel – Nelson
Pohara Sands – Takaka