Beer Haiku – Beer by Committee

Writing about the Collaborator Doppelbock, Captain Hops aptly captures the problem with beers designed by a committee in today’s Beer Haiku.

Brewed by committee.
How many are too many
Cooks in the kitchen?

Glass tip – As ever, Beer Haiku Daily

Our Beer in the Media Watch section is occupied for the second week in a row by the Education Review. Tom Reece, the Chief Executive of the Extractives Industry Training Organisation, reveals he would take a “supply of Emerson’s Organic Pilsner” into orbit along with a pot plant and some comfy slippers.

NZ brewer going it alone

One of New Zealand’s top beer brewers is going it alone. Multi-award winner Luke Nicholas has bought the Epic Brewing Company and with it the Epic brand, from his now former employer the Steam Brewing Company.

Nicholas is planning to take Epic worldwide, after it won best in class at last year’s BrewNZ International Beer Awards. It also claimed a silver medal this year, behind another of his beers, Monk’s Habit, a Steam Brewing Company product. Epic Mayhem was awarded bronze.

Nicholas says he will be taking Epic to the world in measured steps. The first is the launch of Epic Lager in February next year.

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Best thing to happen to Beer in NZ this year

The Malthouse in Wellington has recently opened in its new location at 48 Courtney Place.

They have really kicked beer up a notch for New Zealand. Beyond the excellent selection of beers on tap and massive selection of beer in the fridges which run at 3 different temperatures they have food.

The selection for food is limited but is awesome. Especially the tasting trays (see picture below). This particular tasting tray is called Carnivore (they also have 2 other tasting trays called Seafood & Vegetarian each priced at $22) Plus a selection of chesses matched, and selection of daily deserts matched.

Carnivore includes:

* Tender lamb pieces on rosemary skewers w/mint ginger raita – matched with MONK’S HABIT

* Cajun corn feed chicken pieces w/manuka honey, feijoa and orange zest aioli – matched with EPIC PALE ALE

* Smoked fillet of beef with watercress, shaved parmesan and tamarillo chutney – matched with GISBORNE GOLD

* Wild rice and pistachio crusted pork fillet with sauteed apples – matched with TUATARA ARDENNES

I’d suggest getting down to The Malthouse and getting amongst the beer and food. So many beers to try so little time.