Hot Zombie – Hopped Hot Sauce

Luke making Hot ZombieAfter the super successful co-branded release of Epic Carolina and Culley’s Carolina Reaper hot sauce, we have come up with something new. “Hot Zombie” Hot Sauce.

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.

[UPDATE] Free tasting 5pm-7pm Friday 20th June at Brew on Quay

[website and online sales coming soon http://www.hotzombie.co.nz]

 

 

EPIC MOSAIC IPA – Auckland Release

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?)

If you missed the Mosaic on Friday night, then you can catch me at Vultures Lane tomorrow night for a Mini Midweek Tap Takeover.

On Tap:

Mosaic IPA
Carolina
Hop Zombie
Coffee & Fig
Armageddon IPA
Pale Ale
XPA (X as in experimental)
Lager

And of course a little chilli action

EPIC CAROLINA – Wellington Release

Auckland Airport

 

THURSDAY 6th March

Thursday was Culley’s Epic Hot Wing Eating Competition at the Malthouse in Wellington, as well as a beautiful morning for taking a flight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic Carolina Launch

Greeted with the sign out front letting everyone walking by know that the competition was happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Brewing Co Beer Arrives

Once inside the door, we were surprised to see the front half of the bar filled with 20 litre kegs from Stone Brewing Co. So many different types of Stone beer. It was all the beer for next the City Tap Takeover next Thursday 13th. As well as the beer for the Epic / Stone stand at the Great Kiwi Beer Festival in Christchurch on the 29th March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot and Sweaty Beer Tap Badge 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.

Check out the final round in the video below…

 

 

 

 

 

 


FRIDAY 7th March

Do you like it hot - Skysports Grill

The following day we did another Epic Culley’s Carolina event at Skysports Grill. This was a little more low-key which suited the location. It was still a bit of fun.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1kg of Hot Wings and a beer for $25

 

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.

NZ BEER FESTIVAL SEASON – Looking forward, not back

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

Hops

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

Luke on a plane

 

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).

Michael Donaldson - SST – NZ’s beer style – Michael Donaldson also wrote about this in his column in the Sunday Star Times

  • 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.

  • If you made it this far, then you might be enjoying my posts. I have been adding posts without notifications or sharing on social media. So if you want them all, please make sure you add your email address to subscribe (top of right hand column).

  • Please comment on posts if you have an opinion, or send me an email if you have a suggestion for a post or information you would like me to expand on.

Cheers
Luke

QUICKIE – Before Time Eats This Stuff (Stag Do)

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.

Epic HQ Stag Do So a keen group of homebrewers / craft beer lovers from Melbourne

Very Lucky 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.

stag do 2 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.

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5MP Invite

 

Auckland Art Gallery - Five Maori Painters - Exhibition Opening
Auckland Art Gallery – Five Maori Painters – Exhibition Opening

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Think I am caught up from last week now…

EPIC CAROLINA – Hamilton Release

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.

2014-02-20 18.11.14 New beer – Epic Carolina Amber Ale

2014-02-20 18.11.21 It was hot, humid and busy

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2014-02-20 18.13.08 First round, look at those cold beers, ready to soothe

2014-02-20 18.16.41 Culley himself, is that a devious little smirk, knowing what is to come

2014-02-20 18.16.49 the prize pack…

2014-02-20 18.18.29 and the people are ready

2014-02-20 18.19.21 first round of hot wings

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2014-02-20 18.19.36 round two, needs a little more hot sauce

2014-02-20 18.23.04 GO!

2014-02-20 18.23.05 eat it fast before the heat gets ya

2014-02-20 18.23.26 next wing…

2014-02-20 18.23.28 gee Greig, you are looking a bit hot there…

2014-02-20 18.23.33  counting down… 3…2…1,,,

2014-02-20 18.23.52 done

2014-02-20 18.30.52 wings and beer…

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2014-02-20 19.10.37 gee I reckon I could eat on of those chillies…

2014-02-20 19.15.07 beer and chilli

2014-02-20 19.27.30 Eat a whole Carolina Reaper get a free botltle of Culley’s Carolina Reaper

2014-02-20 19.27.24 The pain!!! But it was worth it for a bottle of Culley’s hot sauce

 

 

Missed out on eating the hot wings?

6th March – Malthouse, Wellington

7th March – Sky Sports Grill, Auckland