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.
Coffee & Fig
XPA (X as in experimental)
And of course a little chilli action
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.
It was released at the New Zealand Beer Festival last Saturday, and was our first beer to run out.
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.
SO! Are you coming?
Can’t make it? You can try it at the Great Kiwi Beer Festival in Christchurch 29th March
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?
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.
Greeted with the sign out front letting everyone walking by know that the competition was happening.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Missed out on eating the hot wings?
6th March – Malthouse, Wellington
7th March – Sky Sports Grill, Auckland