BUSY – Brewing, Tap Takeover, Beer Fest, Brewing

Where to even start. There is so much going on in the next few days. Brewing a Black IPA, a Midweek Tap Takeover, Beer Festival in Christchurch, and a Fresh Hop beer.

HOP HARVEST – FRESH HOPS
Tues 25th – Fresh Hops – today the hops for the Auckland brewers were harvested in Wakefield, just outside Nelson. These fresh Waimea hops are being cooled down over night tonight. Tomorrow (Wed 26th) they will be packed up and put in a refrigerated truck and shipped overnight to Auckland. They are due for delivery at Steam Brewing Company on Friday 28th. #freshhopnz14 (brewing the beer on Monday 31st)

BREWING
Wed 26th – Black IPA – tomorrow I’m in the brewery, brewing a Black IPA – Apocalypse. It has been 4 years (I think, pretty sure) since I first brewed this. I wasn’t totally happy with it at the time, but since then have drunk many Black IPA’s from around the world (mostly US brewed), and feel I have a better idea now of what I want to achieve. So lets see how this new recipe goes.

RepocalypseLast year I brewed a special one-off batch of a trial recipe for this at the Fork & Brewer which we called Repocalypse. It was only available for a very limited time in Wellington.

Radio NZ Interview – 10:45-12pm
I’m due to do a radio interview about the Great Kiwi Beer Festival, from the brewery which can be a bit noisy.

 

MINI MIDWEEK TAP TAKEOVER
Wed 26th – Tap Takeover at Vultures Lane
Since we did the official launch on Friday, we thought we would kick it up a level for the first keg of Epic Mosaic we are putting on tap at Vultures. A list of the beers and if you want you can RSVP here too. After a beer or two we will have some chillis available to try, be cool if I can get some more #hotchillidance video.

TASTING THURSDAY
Thurs 27th – Christchurch
Heading to Christchurch to visit a few craft beer bars that stock Epic beers. Still to decide which one would be good to do a review at lunchtime. Hoping Craig from BeerNZ can give some good advice on this, since it has been a while since I’ve been in CHCH. Pomeroy’s meeting about the Beer and Food matchings for the Epic Beer Dinner in June. Therefore most likely at Poms at the end of the day if you want to catch up for a beer.

PRE-BEER FESTIVAL
Fri 28th – Hagley Park
Setup for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival. Making sure the beer has turned up and is in the chiller. Getting the banners and beer systems setup on our Epic/Stone stand. Maybe a beer later in the day. @StoneGreg may make an appearance at beer o’clock, but not promising anything. (sshhh keep an eye on the tweeters)

GREAT KIWI BEER FESTIVAL
Sat 29th – Hagley Park
Fingers cross we are ready, have enough staff, enough beer and enough ice to serve a crowd of 14,000 beer festival patrons. Both myself and Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co. will be on the stand most of the day. We will be making an appearance in the VIP area at some point in the day too. Beer on our stand is listed in this post. Definitely some great beers available. Stop by and say hi. Also a chance to try the Culley’s Carolina Reaper hot sauce with some Epic Carolina Amber Ale. #hotchillidance

TRAVEL DAY
Sun 30th – Home
Travel back to Auckland. Maybe having a beer with a certain person from San Diego.

BREWING FRESH HOP BEER

Fresh HopsMon 31st – Fresh Hop Beer – Excited and nervous about brewing a Fresh Beer for the Beervana Mini Festival – #freshhopnz14 . Nervous because I haven’t brewed a fresh hop beer in this brewery, and still need to work through the details of how this is going to work logistically.

Fresh Hops take up 5 times the volume compared to dry hops. I hope the tank we plan on using can hold all the hops I ordered, and that the hops don’t suck up too much of the beer.

(It’s 10 years since I made my first fresh hopped beer.)

 

And this will bring me to the end of March. I am excited to let you know what April has in store.

P.S. Here is another video I have which shows the #hotchillidance Turn the sounds down as the language could be a bit rough for young viewers.

EPIC MOSAIC IPA – Auckland Release

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.

On Tap:

Mosaic IPA
Carolina
Hop Zombie
Coffee & Fig
Armageddon IPA
Pale Ale
XPA (X as in experimental)
Lager

And of course a little chilli action

EPIC CAROLINA – Wellington Release

Auckland Airport

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic Carolina Launch

Greeted with the sign out front letting everyone walking by know that the competition was happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Brewing Co Beer Arrives

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot and Sweaty Beer Tap Badge 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

Do you like it hot - Skysports Grill

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1kg of Hot Wings and a beer for $25

 

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.

EPIC CAROLINA – Hamilton Release

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.

2014-02-20 18.11.14 New beer – Epic Carolina Amber Ale

2014-02-20 18.11.21 It was hot, humid and busy

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2014-02-20 18.13.08 First round, look at those cold beers, ready to soothe

2014-02-20 18.16.41 Culley himself, is that a devious little smirk, knowing what is to come

2014-02-20 18.16.49 the prize pack…

2014-02-20 18.18.29 and the people are ready

2014-02-20 18.19.21 first round of hot wings

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2014-02-20 18.19.36 round two, needs a little more hot sauce

2014-02-20 18.23.04 GO!

2014-02-20 18.23.05 eat it fast before the heat gets ya

2014-02-20 18.23.26 next wing…

2014-02-20 18.23.28 gee Greig, you are looking a bit hot there…

2014-02-20 18.23.33  counting down… 3…2…1,,,

2014-02-20 18.23.52 done

2014-02-20 18.30.52 wings and beer…

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2014-02-20 19.10.37 gee I reckon I could eat on of those chillies…

2014-02-20 19.15.07 beer and chilli

2014-02-20 19.27.30 Eat a whole Carolina Reaper get a free botltle of Culley’s Carolina Reaper

2014-02-20 19.27.24 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