TAP: 1991 IPA BREWED: Steam Brewing Company ABV: 6.0%
I’d like to invite you to come and taste this beer with me at The Lumsden Freehouse today. It is being released for the first time at Epic’s 9th Birthday Party, starting at lunchtime.
This beer is made with all USA grown ingredients (malt, hops and yeast). This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity in NZ to do this. Cryer Malt imported some US grown malt which we have used to make this beer.
The recipe was design as a hat tip to the moment in time where I had my lifes path changed by having a craft beer epiphany, which has ultimately lead me to making this beer.
In 1991 I was at university in California, and got my first taste of craft beer (this happened to be Sierra Nevada and it was first drunk in Chico).
The beer captures the light pale ale style that has influenced me, my beer tastes, and the way I like to brew. It is pretty simple, with the hop flavour being driven by old school aroma hops – Cascade & Centennial . 6% abv and 40 IBU. Intended as a light floral easy tasting summer pale ale (from Epic).
This beer will only be available on tap over the summer. (No bottles). So enjoy it when you see it. (and there will be some available in Australia in the New Year)
One of my favorite songs while living in California, was “Epic” by Faith No More (link NSFW, use headphones). I’ve wondered for years if this song and this influential time in my life, was the reason for the naming of Epic Brewing Company.
Some video highlights from last years 8th Birthday Party at The Lumsden
Here is another fun reason to come to our 9th Birthday party on Friday at The Lumsden Freehouse. The magnificent Giapo has created us some “Lupulingus Zabaione”
This limited edition T-shirt is only available for pre-order till 15th December. We will only be doing a single print run of this commemorative Epic 9th Birthday T-shirt. Please add size in comment box when paying.
The front has the shields from each of the new beers brewed in 2014. *2014 – Imperium Stout *Spider Pig – Loves Bacon *Lightening Bolt – Lupulingus *Unicorn – Mosaic OTP *Imp – IMP *42 – Apocalypse BIPA *Chillies – Carolina Amber Ale *’91 – 1991 IPA (new release for 9th Birthday)
The back lists all the beers we brewed in 2014, in order of release.
Currently I’m spending my days at the Auckland Food Show (31 July to 3rd August). We are half way through and things are going great. If you are looking for a reason or two to attend then we have them. There is the amazing super combo offer from Culley’s & Epic. 4 different 500ml Epic beers and 4 different bottles of Culley’s Hot Sauce for just $40. Plus we will even deliver it to you so you don’t have to carry it around the show (as it is kind of heavy). This offer is only available at the show, so you need to turn up. We also have some crazy pricing on single bottles of Epic beer for the show only (even though a couple of people purchased while cases of Armageddon, Hop Zombie and Lupulingus). You do have to carry these away though.
Even though there are lots of wonderful things to sample at The Food Show over the weekend, if you are looking for one of the best pies ever then try “THE MATADOR” from Green Meadows Beef (stand K38) that has both Culley’s hot sauce (Best In The World) and Epic Beer Imperium. There is a wonderful beer & beef flavour, huge chunks of awesome beef and the perfect amount of flakey pastry wrapping it together. Oh and the chilli? well when you are eating the pie, your tongue is telling you it is hot in temperature, but by the time you are half way through you realise that the heat is actually coming from the chilli, and the spicy heat stays with you well after you have eaten the pie, in a really really good way. YUM!
If you do come to the Food Show over the weekend come by and say “HI”. Make sure you taste the two new beers if you haven’t – Lupulingus and Imperium. We also have some 2013 Coffee & Fig for sampling and buy (as it is now hard to find out in the wild).
At the Food Show you can find Epic Beer & Culley’s on stand N4, which is in Hall 1. See you there.
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?)
The One Trick Pony series is all about a single hop. First was Zythos, then Mosaic and finally Comet, which has all but run out. (best background story written about this was by Geoff Griggs – Epic no one trick pony)
Mosaic IPA we really didn’t have enough kegs available at the time so not much of it ever really made it too tap. Many bars complained as it sold very well. So as a special treat we brewed a one-off batch for the Beer Festival season.
Friday 21st (tomorrow) it goes on tap at Brew on Quay, from after work time. Plus as you might guess we will be doing a hot wings eating competition with Culley’s hot sauce, because everyone has so much fun at these, especially me.
FYI – Epic Carolina has sold out. So if you see it on tap anywhere in the next week or so, get a pint as that is it. We had a lot of fun with this beer, and many people have loved drinking it. The next question is do we make it again?
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 evening saw a quiet little beer launch at a place with no name on the door. Three of the Horsemen gathered for the 2014 release at Golden Dawn in Ponsonby. A handful of the craft beer purists turned up to taste the new batch
The 2014 return of the Four Horsemen of the Hopocalypse
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
This has been a pretty massive week, including I have changed blogging platform from Blogger to WordPress.
Since “Tasting Tuesday”….
Wednesday 19th February – Sam Snead’s House of Whiskey – Single Barrel Bourbon Tasting (special appearance by Epic Carolina)
Thursday – 20th February – Our first stag do tasting at Epic Beer HQ
Thursday – 20th February – Epic Carolina Hamilton Release – House on Hood (including hot wing eating competition)
Friday – 21st February – Auckland Art Gallery – Five Maori Painters Exhibit Opening (beer supplier for the event)
Saturday – 22nd February – blanc Brew Fest (most popular beers for us, Epic Carolina and Coffee & Fig Stout)
I’ve found it hard to find the time to write blog post over the last few days. The spare time I could have spent blogging has been spent on moving the domain, setting up WordPress, and importing the old blog posts. There is still a bit of fine tuning to do on setup (and learning about WordPress), but I expect to be back into it in the coming week.