Beer Haiku Friday and Challenging American Pale Ales

Given it is freezing cold, blowing a gale and pouring with rain outside, I’m seriously contemplating firing up my beloved balcony barbeque for lunch. Today’s beer haiku captures my cooking philosophy in a poem titled “Preparing for the Grill“:

As the grill heats up
And the pork loin marinates
I marinate too

My latest post on the Malthouse blog has also just gone up. In “The Challenge of American Pale Ales” I impersonate a ring announcer, announce the return of a brewing contest, provide another link to that great imp picture and, eventually, talk about Little Creatures Pale Ale:

The world has always loved a great battle – David taking out Goliath, the armies of Rome battling the Vandals, the Royal Air Force defeating the Luftwaffe, Ali versus Frazier, George W Bush against the English language… In July 2009, one of New Zealand’s most heated brewing rivalries will be re-kindled.

Glass tips – The fine fellows at Beer Haiku Daily and Colin the Handsome Scotsman at the Malthouse

Monteith’s celebrates 140 years with 1860s brew

Monteith’s has been crafting fine beers for 140 years. And to celebrate the milestone, the iconic West Coast brewer is releasing a special brew in a style that was popular way back in the 1860s.

This strictly limited release brewed exclusively at the Monteith’s Brewery Company in Greymouth, West Coast.

“Monteith’s 140 West Coast Pale Ale is a true New Zealand premium ale,” says brewer Barrie Calder. “It’s brewed with New Zealand-grown Cascade hops giving it a striking citrus-pine hop aroma.

It has an alcohol content of 5.2 per cent. Recommended retail price for a four pack is $ 13.99.