Student brewer Michael Farrugia has cooked up a tasty drop to celebrate Prime Minister John Key’s visit tomorrow for the Food Innovation New Zealand launch.
The fourth-year Food Technology student has been working on a dunkelweisen beer at the microbrewery in the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health.
“It’s a dark wheat beer, which is made from a Bavarian yeast that gives the beer its unique flavours,” Mr Farrugia says. “It has characteristics of banana and cloves. I also used a dark, heavily roasted barley and chocolate wheat that should give the beer chocolate and caramel undertones.”
Mr Key will tour the microbrewery prior to the launch. FINZ is a collaboration between Massey University, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Fonterra, the Bio Commerce Centre and the Riddet Institute with the support of Palmerston North City Council and the Manawatu District Council. It is aimed at increasing New Zealand’s capacity in agri-food innovation and enabling the industry to better perform in domestic and international markets.