Thought it would be time to let people know a little more, so you have a chance to get tickets for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival (and flights if you are out-of-town).
Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co. is in New Zealand on holiday (sabbatical), taking a break, rebooting, but he has made himself and his beers available at a couple of events here in NZ.
Next Thursday there is the amazing 50 tap Wellington City Takeover (there are tap takeovers and then city takeovers, only Stone could do this). The Stone beers are going to be split between The Malthouse and the Fork & Brewer. When the special beers (they will all be special, as they are fresh and direct from the brewer in San Diego), rare beers then, will be announced via social media, so you know which location they are at. (See you next week Wellington, there is no way I’m missing this)
Check out this article just posted about Stone Brewing Co. & Greg Koch in New Zealand by The Beerhive’s Shane Cowlishaw – A beer blitzkrieg
The article gives a little background into how this all came about.
Here are the beers that will be on the Epic / Stone stall at the Great Kiwi Beer Fest (plus Greg Koch and myself). I’m sure there will be a beer for everyone to enjoy.
STONE BREWING CO.
2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
2013 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Levitation Ale
Stone Smoked Porter
EPIC BREWING CO.
Epic Pale Ale
Epic Mosaic IPA
Epic Armageddon IPA
Epic Coffee & Fig
Epic Hop Zombie
Today a bit of time was spent on planning the coming, I guess you could call it mini festival for Fresh Hops. David Cryer organizer/owner of Beervana is putting together an event which involves all the Auckland craft breweries.
What’s it all about? Fresh Hops. Hops that haven’t been dried or processed in any way.
“So what”, you might say. Well Fresh Hops straight off the bine are way more aromatic. So making a beer with these hops means you have a way more aromatic beer. Yummy.
To make this even cooler a group of the Auckland brewers involved with this are heading down to Nelson next Monday, 10th March. We are going to be visiting NZ Hops who will explain how the hops will be harvested and then packed for shipping to Auckland overnight. Then we will head out to the hop fields where the hops we will be using are growing. Here we will be able to talk with the farmer and pick, rub and smell them. (oh yeah, we are going to capture this on video so you can follow along on the journey too).
A week later, after harvest we will all be brewing with our fresh hops, to all make a unique beer using freshly picked Waimea hops. The only thing in common all these beers will have is the same hop variety.
Since many of the other details are being finalised I’ll finish it at that. Other than saying if you are in Auckland pencil out the evening of the 24th April.
Rather than doing a wrap up for February (you can look back over the posts here) I am doing a look forward for the coming month. Some feedback I received was people reading this blog wanted to know about what’s coming up rather than finding out about things that have happened, that they didn’t know about.
So this is what the coming month for me looks like
6th March – Epic Carolina with Culley’s Hot Wings Eating Competition – Malthouse, Wellington
7th March – Epic Carolina with Hot Wings sampling for all – Skysports Grill, Viaduct, Auckland
10/11th March – Visit to Hop Harvest, Nelson
13th March – Stone Brewing Co. (with Greg Koch) City Tap Takeover, Malthouse and Fork & Brewer, Wellington
15th March – The New Zealand Beer Festival, Auckland (1st day of Epic Mosaic IPA – KEG ONLY)
17th March – Get beer ready to ship to the Australian International Beer Awards
18th March – Brewing Green/Wet Hop Beer
19th March – Nine Inch Nails & QOTSA?
21st March – Epic Mosaic IPA Launch (and some hot sauce action thanks to Culley’s), Brew on Quay, Auckland
27/28th March – Christchurch
29th March – The Great Kiwi Beer Festival, .feat Stone Brewing Co. beers & Greg Koch (on the shared Epic/Stone stall), Christchurch
I’m sure there will be other things I do, and other things that are on that I could attend if I had the time, but this should be enough. Still have to fit in the everyday other stuff, plus some sleep. Maybe a link to Air New Zealand here would be good since I am going on 8 flights this month. (maybe even make a wish to the @AirNZFairy )
There are a few additional things from last month…
- I made the big move from Blogger to WordPress which took a few days to get setup and working. The one small issue with that is the first few weeks of posts now have slightly different URL’s than what I have post out in the wild so my link backs won’t be working. (Working on it).
– NZ’s beer style – Michael Donaldson also wrote about this in his column in the Sunday Star Times
blanc Brew Fest 2014, Henderson Auckland
14 Craft Breweries
1pm – 7pm
What a really nice festival. It turned out to be the perfect size venue, with the right number of people. People were really well-behaved, really interested in having a chat about the beer they were tasting, and generally there for a pretty nice time.
The brewers seemed to be having a good time too, with the crowd being a nice manageable size, so everyone got to have a chat with each other. Always fun when brewers catch up.
There seemed to be only about three security, who seemed pretty bored, they even tried some Culley’s Carolina Reaper hot sauce, which was much hotter than expected to their surprise.
It was kind of like having a bunch of mates over to try a few beers.
I’m going to say that maybe this is the beer festival of the future for New Zealand. The big festivals seem to be getting a lot of heat from liquor licensing and the police.
Maybe it was because of my expectations based on other beer festivals I’ve been to, that this one pleasantly surprised me.
If they do this again next year I will be first to put my hand up to attended, and first to tell everyone they should be quick to get their tickets before they sell our.
Well done and congratulations blanc.
(for some reason I can’t get all the photos to show up in the preview of this post, so I am going to just publish it. I will get better, as I become more familiar with WordPress)