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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Beer – #443 – Green Man – IPA

Green Man are a brewery that I’ve not seen represented in my locale. So I snapped up a couple of bottles, the first this, the Green Man IPA.

“Our latest seasonal release is so hoppy it will pop your taste buds with flavour! This artfully crafted pale golden coloured ale is delightfully different. Like the IPA’s the British soldiers of the 19th century had brewed for them in India. No added sugar.”

Brewed by Green Man Brewery (NZ) to the style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Dunedin, New Zealand

This is a 500ml bottle (17fl oz), of beer that is 63 IBU things, 5% ABV making it 165 calories a serve and  200 for the bottle and 2  standard drinks units in NZ.

I’ve noticed various ABV measures for this beer too, I’d suggest that might be the batch brewing process variation but am open to correction.


Man needing shave shares beer picture

Man needing shave shares beer picture

Green Man India Pale Ale is delectably hoppy with a properly balanced body. Generous hop additions give it a wonderful bitterness and pleasant floral nose, while our combination of traditional British malts creates a rich, satisfying flavor and alluring copper color. This authentic English-style IPA is our flagship ale.

Green Man IPA 5.4% ABV is so tasty it will pop your taste buds with flavour! This artfully crafted ale is delightfully different. An IPA which is full of Hops, but balanced with delicious malt and is oh so Drinkable.

I’m always keen to try new things, so I have a smile already.

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Beer – #442 – Liberty – Yakima Monster

On a theme of big beers, or at the very least the APA style,  the Liberty Yakima Monster. A beer I’ve been acused of avoiding. Which isn’t true of course, but only because I thought I’d drunk it. We all know what thought did?

Brewed by Liberty Brewing Co in the style of the American Pale Ale and they are in Auckland, New Zealand

Served as a 500ml bottle that is 6% ABV, either 45 or 50 IBU things  (Iike an IPA) and 180 calories a serve of 355 ml so this would be 220 ish for the bottle. 2.3 standard drink units too.

Get those images of Godzilla and Mothra out of your head! I know you were thing it, but this beer has nothing to do with Japan whatsoever. Liberty Yakima MonsterYakima is actually a region in the state of Washington USA where some of Joseph Wood’s favorite hops are grown. This monster of a Pale Ale showcases several of those hops.

“It’s a easy drinking beer, flavorsome enough for your father ’n law to exclaim “wow – that’s fruity!” yet complex enough for any green blooded hop-head to appreciate.” – Joseph Wood, Liberty Brewer. Gold medal 2012 Brew NZ Awards

Like I said I’ve been avoiding this for a while, but let’s go…

But before that, the artwork reminded me of “Tales from the Crypt” cover artwork, or any other of those 70’s  mags, which used to feature various monsters, ghouls and such like and so forth.

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Beer – #441 – Tuatara – NUI (Mighty Big Hop APA)

Big brother of the fantastic ITI, I’m now going to enjoy the NUI. I hope anyway to enjoy it. It’s a big act to follow.

Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company and that’s in the style that is American Pale Ale and they’re in Paraparaumu, New Zealand

For this then the familiar all bumpy and lumpy bottle that is 500ml (17fl oz) with a beer that is 7% ABV and 2.76 standard drink units, 210 calories and 8o IBU’s round out that set. 80IBU is about  high IPA – low end DIPA – so therefore a bit bitter.

Tuatara NUINUI (te reo Maori for “big”) takes Tuatara’s beloved American Pale Ale and reshapes it into a more assertive beast. We’ve spiced things up with some serious New World hop porn in the form of Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo, delivering 80 IBU of palate-stripping bitterness. And to showcase the aromatic action, Nui swaggers about on a beefed-up malt base that lifts the alcohol to 7.0%. Frailer souls will blanch at the thought of having their taste buds assaulted in this manner, but the rest of us will love Nui big time

I wonder if the big brother is as good as the little brother?

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Beer – #440 – Tuatara – ITI (Little Big Hop APA)

Another beer from the nice people at Tuatara, this one their ITI,  this is the companion to a beer I don’t have, the NUI (Mighty Big Hop APA), which I will get to as soon as I can. I hope.

Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company in that style you know as: American Pale Ale and they are based in Paraparaumu, New Zealand

This is in the smaller 330ml bottle, still with the lumps and bumps of the bigger bottles, and it’s only 3.3% ABV, so only 0.86 of one standard drink in this bottle. Only 99 calories too. Sounds like a winner.

Man in need of haircut holds up a beer

Man in need of haircut holds up a beer

Here at Tuatara we understand that your enthusiasm for hops has mutated into a full-blown obsession. We also know that your king hit of the beloved cone often comes with alcohol levels that can turn an evening into a lifetime. ITI (te reo Maori for “small”) is what you’re looking for.

It’s got the New World hop slam you crave from Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade, but with a subdued malt background and a very diplomatic 3.3% alcohol. It’s the ideal session ale for the unreconstructed hophead.

So a nice afternoon beer, even it was cold and raining outside.
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Beer – #439 – Garage Project – Baltic Porter

A Porter. Seems like I’ve moved to a darker side in the last few beers. This is not different – Garage Project Baltic Porter.

Brewed by the prolific  Garage Project of course in the style that is of Baltic Porter ad they are in Wellington, New Zealand

Familiar 650ml bottle (22Fl Oz) , which calculates out to be 243 calories a serve from an 8.1%ABV beer, and that makes 4.1 standard drink units in NZ.

Garage Project Baltic PorterA beer needs to be dressed in the best. Poor Baltic Porter, favourite tipple of the Czars and one of our most popular dark beers, never had a stitch to wear. But now the face of Baltic is bear not bare, naked no longer thanks to the irreverent creative mischief of local gone global art collective & clothing brand ALC. With new threads and a quirky take on the traditional, Baltic is stepping out in fine style. Huge ups to ALC.

It is chilly outside, this might be what I need to get me to the home made pizza-o-clock date I have in a couple of hours.

The Garage Project beers can be a bit hit and miss, and their off-the-wall beers are either just weird, or excellent, and there standards are sometimes a bit ‘meh’  I’m hoping the middle – excellent from this.

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Kereru Brewing – Auro – It’s Gluten free and about to harder to find

Philip Walter:

Gluten-free claims will be banned from beer bottles under new regulations….

Originally posted on buzz and hum:

AuroI was out north of Wellington yesterday, visiting Upper Hutt. I can’t visit my suburban satellite-city childhood home without visiting at least one of the two interesting new breweries that have set up there in the last few years, and yesterday I chose to visit Kereru Brewing in Maidstone Terrace, to chat with head pigeon Chris Mills and see what interesting and brewery-fresh beer was on the taps (because sometimes fresh is best, Stu McKinley).

While there, my friend spotted the bottles of the ‘Auro’ gluten-free ale in the fridge, and made an excited exclamation. My friend is gluten-intolerant, and the discomfort the gluten in wheat and barley bring is one of the reasons beer doesn’t feature in her preferred drinks. But she’d heard of the Auro. “I’ve heard it’s the best gluten-free beer around!” she said.

“That’s great to hear,” replied Chris, “you should get some…

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Beer – #438 – Hop Federation – American Brown Ale

Dial it back a notch, or up a notch with a Hop Federation American Brown Ale, possibly the oldest beer in the fridge that’s not on the save to a really rainy day list

Brewed by Hop Federation Brewery in that style is of  Brown Ale and they are in the romantically named Riwaka, New Zealand

500ml bottle of a beer that is 4.5% ABV making it 1.78 standard drinks in NZ, (Although it says 1.6 on the label), and 135 calories a serving.  32 IBU things which is sort of entry level English bitter or Stout (A Pilsner might be 25 for instance)

Hop Federation - American Brown AleOur American Brown Ale is rich and dark with a delicious chocolate caramel aroma. Subtle chocolate and citrus flavours on the palate follow through to a moderate bitterness on the finish.

Dark in colour but lighter in style and with modest alcohol, our American Brown Ale is brimming with comforting aromas and flavours.

At first, it’s redolent with chocolate and coffee, following through with a full malty flavor that’s derived from a carefully managed combination of six varieties of Gladfield Canterbury malts. An edge of dark-cocoa bitterness is nicely balanced by a hint of cherries, giving it the warmth and richness of a dark beer in a light to medium body.

Based on a style of ale that grew from English roots to flourish in America in the late twentieth century, our American Brown Ale takes the tradition a step further with an Antipodean touch.

Got to be good for you.

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