Beer Haiku Friday and Tasting at the Backbencher

Beer Haiku Friday exposes the best way to watch the fireworks with a poem called, unsurprisingly, “Fireworks“:

at my secret spot
with a wagon full of beer
watching fireworks

The October Backbencher beer tasting had the theme “Best of Brew NZ“:

The October Backbencher beer tasting had a “Best of Brew NZ” theme. A number of senior MPs were spotted in the immediate vicinity though they were probably present for the filming of “Backbenchers” (TVNZ 7) rather than the beer. There were over 370 entries in this year’s Brew NZ Beer Awards and only 23% of them received medals. This month’s selection showcased a range of medal winning beers accompanied by some fine food matches from the kitchen.

Glass Tips – Beer Haiku Daily and Backbencher

New beers about to hit the shelves

Next week not one but three new beers are going to be available for New Zealand drinkers. Over at the Malthouse blog there are details of the launch of Yeastie Boys’ 2009 Pot Kettle Black and Hallertau’s version of Steve Baker’s award-winning home brew Take Your Daughter to the Porter. The title is, of course, “The Porter’s Daughter’s Kettle Calls the Pot Black“:

The brewer’s tasting notes say “We could go into fanciful descriptors but it can be simply summed up as rich, hoppy and far, far too easy to drink.” Having read Stu and Sam’s reviews on the Rate Beer website, this author is happy to confirm that they are more than able to go into fanciful descriptors. Between them, they appear to have about eleventy billion different ways of saying a beer is good

From Emerson’s Brewery, details of the 2009 JP Belgian special have been announced:

The annual JP release, in honour of the late University of Otago Professor Jean Pierre Dufour, or JP as he was affectionately known, pays homage to the Belgium style beers, which Master Brewer Richard Emerson says, is one of the world’s quirky styles. The beer is based on the Dubbel style, like a true Belgian there are many variations on the style as we have added a hint of star anise to the brew. A purist may consider our style to be a Belgian Strong dark ale. This year’s release packs a whopping 8% alcohol. Invited industry guests will launch this years vintage at The Inch Bar, Bank St, North East Valley, Dunedin from 3.30 – 4.30 pm on Thursday 11 June and the beer will be on sale from Monday 15 June.

Photo of JP Judging Beer

This is a great photo of how I knew JP. Most of the time I spent with JP was during judging at the last two years of BrewNZ. He was a fantastic guy to have on a judging panel, not only for his amazing palate, but because whenever things got a bit too serious, or like hard work, he could always come out with a fantastic one liner, with his dry sense of humour that would make everyone laugh.

JP’s death is a huge loss to all that met him and got to know him. He contributed a great amount to the NZ brewing industry and I am please this contribution was acknowledged at last years Awards Dinner with JP getting the Lifetime Achievers Award.

Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre DUFOUR – UPDATE

Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre DUFOUR

suddenly died on 26 February in the age of 54 as the result of a heart attack. He was attending the Institute of Brewing and Distilling conference in Nigeria.

Jean Pierre has been member of the EBC Brewing Science Group since 1996. He was a regular presenter at EBC Congresses and Symposia, and was scheduled to present a paper at the coming EBC Congress in Venice.

Jean Pierre is survived by his wife, Lysiane, and their four children.

The University of Otago has posted an obituary for Jean Pierre on its website: