Yesterday I spent the day at The FoodBowl with Chris Cullen from Culley’s. We made the first small batch of Hot Zombie. It brings two of my fascinations together – Hops and Chillies. We took my favourite flavours from Culley’s and we added hops.
This hot sauce isn’t about being the hottest, because there are plenty out there that do that. This is about delivering a good hot sauce, with awesome Habanero flavour, that has been jacked up with hops. The hops are in the aroma and in the flavour. But it isn’t until you add the hot sauce to food till you really notice how hoppy it actually is.
We are looking at releasing this hot sauce the week of the 23rd June, at the same time as the first batch of fresh 2014 Hop Zombie kegs.
Friday evening was the official re-release of Epic Mosaic IPA at Brew on Quay. They also suggested another Hot Wings Eating Competition, which we always agree too, as people love them so much.
Below is a video of the final round. The winner Phil, seems to have no real sense of the pain from the chilli till the end of the competition. (sorry the video is a little long, but it is the end part you really get to see how hot these Carolina Reaper chillis are). (…and what is it with the little hot chilli dance people do?)
We were ready for a hot and steamy time. There were 17 people willing to enter the competition of eating really really hot wings covered in Culley’s Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce. Half the crowd didn’t make it to the second round. Second round took another big toll on entrants. The final round it came down to a couple of guys who were dealing with the extreme pain.
For $25 you got a pint of Epic Carolina, and 1kg of chicken wings which you could add the Culley’s Carolina Reaper hot sauce to.
It was worked out pretty quickly that a 1kg of hot wings was alot. So groups of people were only buying one bowl between a group. Which was a good move as most people could only eat one hot wing with the Carolina Reaper sauce as it was too hot for them.
SkySports Grill even busted out a final keg of Hop Zombie which added to the attraction of the evening. Not sure how well the Zombie went with the hot sauce. I think it made the hot sauce even hotter.
Friday was a pretty impressive day for Auckland #CraftBeer as there were also two other special events on. Galbraith’s Alehouse had a new beer release, and Brothers Beer had an IPA special on. Therefore if you were a #CraftBeer fan, you had some tough choices to make.
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
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 )
February 2014 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).
Regarding training of bar staff which I pointed to in this post, I found out that an off flavours training was held last weekend. Here is a great write-up about it, but wished I knew earlier about it, so more people could have attended. Maybe something that could be repeated for interested bar staff/owners? I’ve been told that you would have been notified if you were part of this online community.
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Thursday 20th Feb, we did our first Stag Do at lunch time at Epic Beer HQ It was kind of one of those thing you say yes to like three months ago, and then all of a sudden the day is upon you, and you aren’t really sure what it all means. My head was thinking about the Epic Carolina release in Hamilton later in the day but I had to get stuff stored.
So a keen group of homebrewers / craft beer lovers from Melbourne
They got very luck with the beers they got to taste
Once I had assessed how made keen they were not only on craft beer, but Epic Beer, I decide I would pull out the rare beers.
The arrangement was pretty cool. We put on the beers and they brought the meat. So while I was doing the beer tasting , Sten was madly cooking on the BBQ for 15 people.
Yup we got them to try some Carolina Reaper chillies
For some reason it is quite funny watching people eat extremely hot chillies, and experiencing an amazing amount of pain.
Friday 21st Feb, headed to the Auckland Art Gallery for the opening of a new exhibition – Five Maori Painters
We were the beer for the opening event, and it is always cool to be first to get to see a new exhibition.
I am a little behind in posting my content from last week, so here are a few photos from House on Hood, Hamilton when we released the Epic Carolina and Culley’s Hot Sauce ran the hot wings competition. Scroll to the end to see the video of the winner, and his winning round of eating hot wings covered in Carolina Reaper.
New beer – Epic Carolina Amber Ale
It was hot, humid and busy
First round, look at those cold beers, ready to soothe
Culley himself, is that a devious little smirk, knowing what is to come
the prize pack…
and the people are ready
first round of hot wings
round two, needs a little more hot sauce
eat it fast before the heat gets ya
gee Greig, you are looking a bit hot there…
counting down… 3…2…1,,,
wings and beer…
gee I reckon I could eat on of those chillies…
beer and chilli
Eat a whole Carolina Reaper get a free botltle of Culley’s Carolina Reaper
The pain!!! But it was worth it for a bottle of Culley’s hot sauce