Kathy Ireland HomebrewIt is easy to just cut and paste and link back to another piece Jason has written on Brew Hui. You should follow his posts because they are well written and thoughtful and he makes an effort to talk to the brewers out there making it happen, oh and Jono 😉

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Luke Nicholas (Epic)

Of all my marooned guests, Luke pondered his answers the most carefully. His SMaSH beer ingredients arrived eventually, and weren’t entirely surprising given his One Trick Pony reputation: Golden Promise (a pale ale malt) as the base, hopped with Centennial(a variety from the West Coast of the USA) and fermented with an American ale yeast (Wyeast 1272 American Ale 2). The ingredients scream American Pale Ale – but Luke insisted that he would brew an Imperial IPA, a decision no-doubt swayed by the delicious Hop Zombie we were sipping at the time.

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Luke found it difficult to narrow-down the consumable beer that he’d hope would be in the container – but he did offer a top three; and given the fact that I was swigging freeHop Zombie, I was obliged to bend the rules ever-so-slightly. Top of the list was Hopsickle, an Imperial IPA from Moylan’s in the US; closely followed by Emerson’s Porter (on the hand-pull, he was quick to add) and Kauri Falls Pale Ale from Hot Water Brewing.

There was no pondering when it came to the beer that he hoped wasn’t in the container: namely, anything gluten-free. As a judge at this year’s Australian International Beer Awards, he spent the majority of the week trying to swap his place at the gluten-free judging table with someone from the barleywine section. Strangely, no-one took him up on his offer.

As far as companionship is concerned, Luke settled on a three-headed monster: namely,Dave Kurth (from the aforementioned Hot Water Brewing), Martin Townshend (from the eponymous Townshend’s) and Kelly Ryan (now brewing at the Fork and Brewer in Wellington). Luke said that these three brewers continually challenge him to be better,and that between them they represent the most potential in New Zealand brewing. He did add one small caveat: due to similar personally types, it’s likely that Luke, Dave and Martin would all kill each other within 30 seconds of being marooned – leaving Kelly in solitude with all that Hopsickle.



Craft Beer Around Auckland Today

So I was just minding my own business this afternoon and happened to be in Liquor King Ponsonby and who do I see….

Yup, Richard Emerson  (The Emerson Brewing Company).

Nice to catch up with Richard, had a little chat, sounds like things are going amazing for him. Lion seems to really be helping with the growth and distribution of the brand. Meaning more people get to be able to drink it in more places.

He said he has had people complaining about the change in the Pilsener, because it has gotten better. Awesome.

So while having a meeting at Brew on Quay about the launch of a new beer there for Epic on the 14th February (details will follow…). Who do we see walking by…

Yes that is Gareth Hughes, General Manager of Moa Brewing.

Funny to see people from the two largest craft breweries in New Zealand in the space of a few hours this afternoon. Especially since they are both South Island breweries.

Guess it is exciting times for Auckland beer drinkers.

What I ended up doing this afternoon was an interview on 95bFM with Max Oldfield, on a segment sponsored by CraftBeerOnline.

A 10 minute chat about Epic and the beers. Hopefully those that heard it found it interesting and useful.

(If so let Max know and he will have me back. We already talked about me coming back and maybe being a little more extreme in what I was saying about craft beer. I said I was able to do that.)

The evening was beautiful as the sun was going down on the city. (Albert Park, next to Auckland University)

And the beer tasted good….

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