Beer – #452 – Gigantic – Volta


Beer from Portland – Gigantic Volta – Brewed by Gigantic Brewing Co. and it’s in the style that is a  Saison and I gave the game away before but they’re in PortlandOregon USA ‘Murica

This was on tap so I have a 1 litre bottle (34 fl oz), and at 8.4% ABV this makes it a total of 6.63 standard drinks in NZ. The bottle would be around 680-700 calories.

It looks Gigantic!

It looks Gigantic!

A word sonnet: Volta is a delightfully spicy, fruity summer saison, yet a beer for any season.

Weirdly we’re having a late dash of winter blues, it’s cold, wet and windy outside and so a summery beer seems a bit at odds.

Her’s the label art,  just in case, for no reason, and because this was on tap and not in glass.

Well not in a packaged glass,  if pedantic is called for.

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Beer – #451 – Townshend – No. 9


Townshend, a brewery I’ve overlooked somewhat or ignored, either/either – but tonight I have Townshend No. 9 for my edification.

Brewed by Townshend Brewery in the style that is  Dry Stout and they are in Upper Moutere, New Zealand

This is a 500ml bottle of a 4% ABV beer, making it only 120 calories a serve, and  a total of only 1.6 standard drink units in NZ.

 Townshend - No. 9A sweet stout. This well balanced dark ale has plenty body and length.

I’ve always enjoyed the likes of Guinness and Murphys stout and have heard that they are both better if imbibed at their point of origin, Ireland.

The same goes for this beer: drink it in the Moutere where it belongs.

I see…..

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Beer – #450 – Garage Project – Venusian Pale Ale


I like the play on words and amuse value that some brewers put into their products. Garage Project Venusian Pale Ale fits that. After a slight dip into the more mainstream commercial beers hopefully this is a bounce back.

Garage Project Venusian Pale AleThis is brewed by the prolific Wellington (NZ) based  Garage Project, in the style that comes under the label of Spice/Herb/Vegetable or might be as an outsider  Imperial/Double IPA.

HAs brilliant art work on the label that my poor attempt at pictures for not do justice, well they might if I got a proper camera out- anyhow check out this link  Dr.Grordbort – it’s on the label art….

I have then to entertain me, besides the label, a 650 ml bottle of beer that is 7.3% ABV, so 219 calories a serve, and 3.74 standard drinks in NZ,

Garage Project - Venusian Pale AleVenusian Pale Ale, a precocious little number using some of the more unusual local flora and fauna you find hanging around here in the less civilized parts of the solar system.

Lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit peel that we pinched from rations, meld seamlessly with Venusian Spear Fungus and that funny green stuff the local chappies seem to like licking off the rocks.

Zesty is the word that springs to mind and at 7.5% abv it’s bloody good for morale. Incidentally, it works just like napalm on the natives, which is handy.

Entertaining start to an evening.

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4:06 am and the clock goes tick-tick-tick Musings


Meditation on sleeping.

Two things.  Being small which I’ll get to another day

the second though a dream snippet, which is what I want to write down.

.. The laughing man declares that he’s figured it out, and he can do it. There is no indication that the laughing man in under duress or particular strain.  There appears to be some kind of family tree on a large monitor, some of the dots on the tree wink out and fade, the tree withers and re-arranges.

The man looks at the big screen again.  Laughs. 

He’s erased someone from history, from ever being, and that has changed his circumstance.

It’s not clear if he’s happy or not.  

It might be later, it might not be the same man, zoom out the monitor, more dots wink out and fade, swathes of them, a voice says we learnt to go further back in time than just the living.

There are a few hundred people left huddled in a large room, poorly dressed, looking at a large monitor, wondering, waiting. …

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Beer – #449 – Blue Moon – Belgian White Ale


This most certainly isn’t craft beer is it. Blue Moon Belgian White Ale.

“Brewed with oats for creaminess and spiced with the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. An unfiltered wheat ale spiced in the Belgian tradition for an uncommonly smooth taste.”

Brewed by Coors Brewing Company (MillerCoors) in the style they think is  Belgian White (Witbier) and they are in GoldenColorado USA

Bottle is 5.4% ABV and 355Ml so that should be about 192 calories a serve, and makes this bottle 1.51 standard drink units in NZ. This might register at 9 IBU’s too.

Blue Moon - Belgian White AleBlue Moon Belgian White, Belgian-style wheat ale, is a refreshing, medium-bodied, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale spiced with fresh coriander and orange peel for a uniquely complex taste and an uncommonly smooth finish.

Much of this beer’s production now comes from the Molson brewery in Toronto. A small portion of Denver draught production comes from the SandLot brewery. Still other product may continue to hail from Golden.  Which is where my bottle is from, and it’s made specifically for NZ with country specific label and everything.

I first had this in Australia, and it had fruit in the glass, I think an orange slice, but that was then….

So no orange slice, umbrella or plastic tiki. just the beer, just a glass.

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Beer – #448 – Lucky Beer – Lucky Buddha


I kid you not this is  called Lucky Beer- Lucky Buddha. It even has a unique and amusing bottle, in the shape of a Buddha. Because China! Because Beer! Because cheap :-)

I win the beer in a comedy bottle comp

I win the beer in a comedy bottle comp

For the Lucky Drink Company this is brewed at Cheerday Hangzhou Qiandaohu Beer Co. and they give it a crack in the Style that is  Pale Lager Used to be brewed in Australia now it’s in China.

4.8% ABV beer that is 144 calories a serve, and the bottle is 330 ml, so about 1.2 standard drink units in NZ.

Light aromas of hops with nuances of honey & malt, which pre-announces the transcending flavours across your palate with a silky easy finish.

What could possibly go wrong…..

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Beer – #447 – Green Man – Czech Pilsner


The second of the two beers from this brewery that I found locally, this one Green Man Czech Pilsner.

Brewed by Green Man Brewery (NZ) in of course the style that is of Pilsener and they are Dunedin, New Zealand.

500ml bottle that contains 135 calories a serves of a 4.5% ABV beer,  and that makes it 1.78 standard drink units in NZ.

Green Man - Czech PilsnerThis European-style Pilsner is crafted by our German Brewmaster according to the German Purity Law of 1516, using only the finest quality ingredients. Crisp and refreshing, it has citrus and floral flavours from the Hallertau hop, which is very well balanced with the malt. 

I’ve been on an adventure tiki tour with MrsPdubyah and s I’m going to wind down with this, and prepare for the watching of the sportsball,

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Beer – #446 – Pelican – Tsunami Stout


A beer that I am genuinely looking forward to drinking.

Brewed by Pelican Pub & Brewery this is their take on the style that is  Foreign Stout and they are in Pacific CityOregon USA

I have a 1 Pint, 6 Fl OZ bottle (22 fl oz) , or about 650ml, of beer that is 7.5% ABV, 45 IBU things, so 3.85 standard drink units , and 225 a serve of 412 for the bottles if you are counting calories.

Pelican - Tsunami Stout

This is the look of a man with expectations

Midnight black color and rich dark-roasted aroma. Specially blended hops combine with flaked unmalted barley to give this brew a full body and a dense creamy head. All elements combine in a solid, lingering finish.

It’ll bowl you over with its midnight black color and rich dark-roasted aroma. Magnum and Willamette hops combine with unmalted barley and roasted malts to give this brew a full body and a dense creamy head. All elements combine in a rich espresso-like finish.

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Beer – #445 – Boundary Road – Arabica Dabra Coffee Oatmeal Stout


Beer with long comedy name time – Boundary Road Arabica Dabra Coffee Oatmeal Stout. A gift from my wife for something or other.  She’s frugal so this wouldn’t have been expensive. Bless.

“Coffee Oatmeal Stout – Rich oatmeal stout with Arabica coffee

Not, in my opinion, strictly a ‘craft’ beer but that’s a whole different debate This is brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road) this on in the style of a  Stout and they are based in Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand.

This bottle contains beer that is 6.5% ABV, 500ml, 195 calories, and 2.3 standard drink units in NZ

Boundary Road Arabica Dabra Coffee Oatmeal StoutArabica is one of the most popular types of coffee. Not only does it have a delicious, invigorating taste, but it also helps you avoid boring things, like sleeping. We like it so much we’ve added it as an ingredient to make a dark, rich coffee oatmeal stout that’s perfect for your next beer break. We’ve called it Arabica Dabra. Sadly, rubbing it won’t result in a genie, but you will get a slightly shinier bottle.

What could go wrong?

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Beer – #444 – Bach Brewing – Duskrider


Numerical OCD me says pick a beer that might make you grin a bit – so I went with Bach Brewing and the Duskrider – a Red IPA

So this one is brewed for Bach Brewing Ltd and it’s brewed for them at Brew Fountain (Hallertau/Liberty brewery) in the style that is of India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are Auckland

Unshaved man waves a beer !

Unshaved man waves a beer !

500ml bottle 6%ABV, 2.4 standard drink units in NZ, and this 180 calories a serve, 220ish the bottle

DuskRider is brewed with specialty malts for a ruby-red hue, and a hop forward fix of tropical fruits and citrus from US Cascade, Amarillo, Citra and Nelson Sauvin.

I’m told this is worth drinking.

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