Oysters and IPA – Tuatara out of hibenation

One of my favourite beer bloggers to read is Kate Blackhurst who has relocated to the deep south. She cordially admits the Arrow Brewing Company was one of the reasons they selected Arrowtown as their new home. This meant she had a first-hand look (and taste) of ABC’s IPA Project 2010 and the accompanying oysters. Her post is called “Oysters and IPA“:

It’s not quite a passage to India, but the Foveaux Strait has challenges of its own and the barrel was hoisted onto an oyster boat to endure a mini sea journey, accompanied by brewers Darryl and John keeping a close eye on their precious cargo. They also kept out of the way of the oyster catchers (Marina Fish and Oysters of Invercargill) who were working hard to provide everyone with a little (shell)fishy when the boat comes in.

The Tuatara Breweries blog is showing signs of life with a new post up and the promise of weekly updates. The post is called “A new beginning for the ‘Its all About the Beer’ Blog“:

This past week there was some big news at the brewery.

IPA Project 2010 and Beerfest comes to Welly

Arrow Brewing Company have announced their “IPA Project 2010.” Teasers have been sent out but I have received the synopsis of this awesome sounding project which involves Arrow brewing

“an authentic IPA by traditional methods and cask conditioning the resulting beer in a wooden barrel. On March 1, this IPA will be given its “sea journey” when the barrel ventures out into the notorious Foveaux Strait on board one of the first oyster boats to set sail for the season. Upon the boats return to Bluff, the barrel will be transported back to Arrowtown where the celebrations begin and the IPA will be “cracked” and served with fresh oysters. This project is a world first and a unique way to celebrate two great traditions.”

Major media coverage is expected tonight and tomorrow.

On Saturday 6 March 2010,Beer Festival 2010 comes to Wellington. This event gets bigger and better every year, was a huge success in Auckland recently and returns to the Capital this year with more breweries and a weather proof venue.

The event runs from midday to 9pm at the Westpac Stadium (please don’t call it the ‘Cake Tin’). 25 breweries will be pouring over 70 different beers, there will be food, there will be music, there will be seminars and there will be the opportunity to talk to the people who made the beers. Full details (including tickets) are on the Beer Festival website.

Smokin’ Bishop back on tap

Invercargill Brewery’s first batch of Smokin’ Bishop hadn’t even finished fermenting before it was sold out this year – testament to the award-winning brew’s popularity.

Brewer Steve Nally promptly whipped up another 1200 litres of the seasonal full malt lager, which is now available at Invercargill Brewery’s Wood Street premises.

“Once again it’s in hot demand but we were expecting that this year – we’ve heard from numerous beer connoisseurs around the country that they appreciate the complexity of the beer and its uniqueness,” Mr Nally said.

“It’s not for the average beer guzzler who fails to appreciate the merging of flavours.”

Smokin’ Bishop was the first commercially available smoked beer in New Zealand. The perfect accompaniment to hearty winter fare, the smoked bock is made from manuka-smoked malt and has an alcohol content of 7 percent.

Available each winter as a limited edition, Smokin’ Bishop took the beer world by storm following its debut in 2007 with 600 litres quickly snapped up. Last year, Mr Nally increased production to 1200 litres but actually sold twice that.

“As a boutique brewer, I get a lot of satisfaction crafting a beer like Smokin’ Bishop which really finds its niche,” Mr Nally said.

Reinforcing its reputation as one of the world’s finest brews, Smokin’ Bishop has been selected to feature in a new publication, 1001 Beers You Must Drink Before You Die – one of just 15 New Zealand beers to get the nod.

Small breweries work to improve their game

Arrow Brewing has just been established in Arrowtown by four partners, and head brewer John Timpany says he is having trouble keeping them out of the place.

Set in The Oaks in a mall in the town centre, the brewery-pub offers several of its own beers plus Dunedin-based Emerson’s and Christchurch-based Wigram Brewing as well as wines and pizzas, pies and filled rolls.

The brews are on tap, with no plans to bottle – although future wider distribution in kegs is possible.

“It is hard to make a beer that pleases everyone,” Mr Timpany says, and he wants to therefore produce a wide range of different-tasting beers.

Tasting trays are available at The Oaks: they are a good way of finding a brew you prefer.

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NEW BREWERY – Arrow Brewing Company

The men behind Arrowtown’s first boutique microbrewery say they have found a ready market for their traditionally brewed beers.

Open a week, the Oak Bar is based in the Royal Oak complex, off Buckingham St, and Arrow Brewing Company Ltd co-directors Darryl Jones, Greg McMeeken, Alan Eyles and Glen Morrison and head brewer John Timpany said residents and visitors were responding well to their beers, all made with natural, predominantly South Island ingredients.

“The whole brewing philosophy is to keep it pure,” Mr Jones said.

“We don’t pasteurise or filter the beer like most breweries,” Mr Timpany said, a professional brewer since 1993.

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