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Beer – #1042 – Garage Project – Muse Au Naturel

“Brewers make the wort and yeast makes the beer”. Yeast is all around us and different strains can radically effect the flavour of a beer. There are all manner of wild yeast varieties floating around the Wild Workshop which can make magic tasting beers but would infect and ‘ruin’ everything in a traditional brewery. Muse has a very simple malt base which was fermented with Garage Project’s saison blend and Lactobacillus and aged in oak barrels. Lactobacillus is a bacteria which produces sour lactic acid. Muse serves as the marvellously complex yet drinkable tart, sour canvas to which Garage Project are building a whole series of beers on. Each iteration of Muse is made with different additions. The infusion of dry hibiscus gives this iteration of Muse striking colour, aroma and flavour. The freshly zested lemon peel makes for a long dry zesty finish.

June 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – Beer and Vinyl Sunday with a Mountain Goat

A Mountain Goat Nitro Burnin’ Funny Cars Stout. A very stout stout. I have a one litre bottle from the fill station of this beer. I’ve had 16% ABV beer … Continue reading

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1041 – Elation – Native Beast

Elation Native Beast – The second of the Sunday Stouts and along with some outstanding vinyl music I’m  not having a lot of trouble smiling. I promised this against the … Continue reading

May 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1040 – Clements and Daughter – Boozed Bunny

Clements and Daughter Boozed Bunny Imperial Stout. I was sent previous brews by this brewer and was blown away with their professional level, and thought they’d embarrass professional brewers. Well … Continue reading

May 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1039 – McLeod’s – Triple

McLeod’s Tripel. Part of their limited Smuggler’s bay series, numbered bottles and everything. This is bottle 968 of 1500. I’ve had this beer before, this vintage, but I never wrote … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Beer – #1038 – McLeod’s – Dubbel 2018

McLeod’s Dubbel. Part of their limited Smuggler’s bay series, numbered bottles and everything – this one is bottle 1144 from 1800 bottles  – this is of course the 2018 version. … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Beer – BarleyWhine

I didn’t care much for the particular bottle of barley wine that I last had – see Beer – #1037 – McLeod’s – Barley Wine,  a beer I found so unpalatable that I … Continue reading

May 14, 2019 · 2 Comments

Beer – #1037 – McLeod’s – Barley Wine

McLeod’s Barley Wine. A beer that really did bring on the FOMO, and I ended up with put-asides for me in two stores, but thing happen like that for a reason, … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1036 – Monastère – Bière Blonde

Monastère Bière Blonde – a panic buy really, but I’m always intrigued when a brewer uses a cork and cage over a bottle cap, this is either going to be … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1035 – Panhead – Le Grande Zombi

Panhead Le Grande Zombi, or Li Grande Zombi  –  A Barleywine. Don’t see them for ages then you see them all over the place, it seems. Beware of the charms … Continue reading

April 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1034 – Moon Dog – Funky Miller’s Monkey Filler

Moon Dog beer  – this one is the Funky Miller’s Monkey Filler. ‘Strayan beer, at least they’re trying at this, and good in places. Unexpected and awesome Funky Miller’s Monkey … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1033 – Moon Dog – Black Lung VIII

I find myself with a  beer from Moon Dog – this one is the  Black Lung VIII. How have I missed 7 other versions, why don’t I pay attention more, … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1032 – AleSmith – Old Numbskull

Stepping it up with some  Barley Wine, a style that I’d hold above all others as the ultimate, or pinnacle of brewing. For no reason than in my head it … Continue reading

April 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1031- North End – Salt and Wood Rhum Visitation

North End Salt and Wood Rhum Visitation. You don’t get NZ version of Abbey Quads very often and I remember having real FOMO about this beer. leaving work early to … Continue reading

April 7, 2019 · 3 Comments

Beer – Vinyl Sunday with Clements and Daughter where Bob Dylan played his part

One of the great things about Social Media is the randomness of things. Sometimes it veers off to the ‘social’ as it is supposed to be. So when this happens, … Continue reading

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1030 – New New New – Fear Not

New New New Fear Not – it’s a smoked Stout with added conger eel. No Dolphins though because that would be odd. with a deep undercurrent of NZ New New … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1029 – Behemoth (Chur) / Heart of Darkness – Churtz’s Insane

Behemoth (Chur) / Heart of Darkness Churtz’s Insane. A collaboration beer. A hazy double IPA. What’s not to be scared of. Massive amount The 440ml big-mouth can has beer that … Continue reading

March 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Beer – #1028 – Kereru – Paloma

A Barley Wine, this one a New Zealand version, the 2017 vintage  Kereru Paloma – Treat it like a port or red wine and serve it in an elegant glass – … Continue reading

March 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Beer – #1027 – Garage Project – Pas De Deux 2016

Garage Project Pas De Deux. 2016. A beer I looked past the first time I saw it. GP have made some noises around wines and I’m not sure that it’s … Continue reading

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

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