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Field Theory: No draught in here

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  • Hadyn Green,

    And for people who might be interested: a very interesting infographic about beer awards in America

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Thomas,

    Argh. I should not have read this at work. Thirsty

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 317 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Armageddon's a party in your mouth though isn't it? Not sure I could manage more than a pint or two before the hops overpowered me :)

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Daniel Wilton,

    Beervana was a great day/evening out. The only that disappointed me was unlike last year the food was only overpriced as opposed to overpriced and varied as it was last year.

    I appreciate that it is a beer event, I was little disappointed that I couldn't spread the load of an 8.9% Christmas beer with a nice whitebait fritter sandwich or the like.

    Next year we will be taking friday afternoon off so that we can attend the show and be able to chat to the brewers, there were just too many people there on the Saturday

    Wellington • Since Jan 2009 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    And I thought it was called draught beer when it was served from a tap. Actually, I'm reasonably confident of that. Tui should be shouting this from the roof tops. Maybe they are, and my roof is just a little too far from theirs for me to hear them...

    The young lady I spoke to didn't know what a hectolitre was, neither did I, neither did Mike, Jed or the other guy behind the bar. She tried to explain it thusly: "You know a hectare? It's like that but in litres".

    Of course then you have to know that an "are" is a unit of measurement. A hectare (10,000 sq m) is 100 ares (100 sq m). The are isn't a very common unit with which area is measured.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    The only that disappointed me was unlike last year the food was only overpriced as opposed to overpriced and varied as it was last year.

    I agree, the bratwursts were good, but not great. As I bought it a friend's father was in front of me and refused the tomato sauce saying "I know what goes into that". The attendant and I looked confused so I had to ask "like what?" "Loads of dead flies".

    I just had mustard on mine.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    The are isn't a very common unit with which area is measured.

    And that makes for a very strange sentence. So I can assume "area" is derived from "are" (or vice versa)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    A group of Austrians have been asking me to recommend any good ales in NZ.

    They were drinking Tui at the time and not being an expert on beers I thought I'ld leave the Draught/Ale story at the door.

    Get this - they lamented that they only get to drink Lager!

    I've recommended the Dux de Lux,
    Pomeroys, & Twisted Hop as great brew bars (OK Poms don't brew but close enough).

    I'm trying to get them onto Crates of Tui/Speights, for the Environmentally friendly aspect.

    I don't really care what an Ale is vs a Draught, but if any good ones in and around Christchurch could be recommended these guys & girls would be most appreciative.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Jed Soane,

    And I thought it was called draught beer when it was served from a tap.

    That's the English meaning of the word 'draught'. In NZ it has come to refer to a particular style of beer.

    A group of Austrians have been asking me to recommend any good ales in NZ.

    The Three Boys IPA and Three Boys Oyster Stout would be my two favourite Christchurch ales.

    Wellington • Since Feb 2009 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And for people who might be interested: a very interesting infographic about beer awards in America

    I have an interesting (if not exactly impartial) doco called Beer Wars about US independent brewers vs the massively dominant corporates. I'll try and remember to give it to you the next time we meet.

    Oh, and I like Galbraiths' Bellringers best bitter. It helps to show people that there's something other than lager for hot days.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Richard Emerson.
    Mmmmmm Emersons.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Oh, and I like Galbraiths' Bellringers best bitter. It helps to show people that there's something other than lager for hot days.

    Heh, when I'm not screwing up the drink order(!)

    Did you know Gailbraiths is an off-license too? They sold me some Renaissance Stone Cutter for $6 a bottle and Tuatara Porter for $4

    Richard Emerson.

    Oh yeah, the photo is of Richard Emerson but it wasn't him that I spoke to

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Jed thanks for reminding me of Three Boys. I've had their IPA at Pomeroys but not the Oyster Stout.
    They fill my 1/2G too.

    Anyone know where to get more 1/2Gs?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Jed Soane,

    Anyone know where to get more 1/2Gs?

    Regional Wines and Spirits in Wellington and Emerson's in Dunedin are selling these awesome glass flagons at the moment. I don't know if anyone in Christchurch has them.

    Wellington • Since Feb 2009 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Andy Milne,

    but if any good ones in and around Christchurch could be recommended these guys & girls would be most appreciative.

    Big shout out for Harringtons Breweries, specifically their "Classy Red" American Pale Ale - a big rich complex but well balanced Ale. My favourite though is their Rogue Hop Pilsner, very drinkable, not dissimilar to Emersons. Harringtons have their own bottlestores around CHCH, check them out.

    Also worth checking out is "the thirsty bloke" bottlestore on Victoria St. Rubbish name but great bottlestore, they often have Emersons & Green Man on tap by the 1/2 G.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    On Saturday I had some hand-made, bootleg cacha├ža distilled at a Brazilian agricultural university, which tasted like sugarcane and vanilla happiness.

    Almost as good as Bookbinder, really.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Regional Wines and Spirits in Wellington and Emerson's in Dunedin are selling these awesome glass flagons at the moment. I don't know if anyone in Christchurch has them.

    Jed: Damn. They are awful tempting. And I'm driving past Regional Wines & Spirits this evening on the way to an Autism Intervention Trust meeting.

    Our domestic economy drive and my diet will be at war with a desire to stop off and pick up Just the One.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    I'm quite jealous right now. Of all of you. Beer is mostly bad and universally expensive in Australia.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Scott A,

    Sounds like a great time was had. Pleased to see, looking down the list, that Renaissance were recognised for their APA - that's my favourite supping beer these days.

    The Armageddon IPA certainly sounds quite different from theaged barrel. When I tried it, from the first bottled batch, I just found it too harsh and one-note (and that note was HOPS, screamed from the rooftop).

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    I was at a tasting of Croucher's just over a week ago.
    They have a Hefeweizen, a Pale Ale and a Bohemian Pilsener. They have 4th type, a Belgian Blonde, which is only occasionally available, as they only brew it by mistake.

    Paul Croucher, the owner/brewmaster etc gave us his bio and philosophy of brewing. Somehow it makes the beer taste even better when the brewer is explaining the love and attention that went into its manufacture.

    I enjoyed the Hef, although the batch we had was a trifle young, and could have stood another week or three in the keg to mature.
    The Pils was very tasty, but not very traditional - the Pilsener fan we had with us was disappointed, not in the beer, but in the label. In his opinion it bordered on false advertising.
    I didn't try the Pale Ale, as I had to drive, but the ones who did spoke highly of it.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    a Belgian Blonde, which is only occasionally available, as they only brew it by mistake.

    I had that at Brewfest in March, it was bloody good!

    Anyone know where to get more 1/2Gs?

    Harringtons said they do a lot of trade in 1/2Gs, you could try them.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Woz at the Skybatch,

    I'm in agreement with the comment on the food options at Beervana. Hugely disappointing.

    My faves on the day were the Captain Cooker from the Mussel Inn, the 'sea voyage conditioned' IPA from Epic, The 'Flying Dog' and something I wrote down as 'Brutal Bitter' from Dom's new bar... and the No 4 orginal beer from Baltika (which appeared to have all the flavour that the beer Hadyn tried lacked...).

    Like others at the end of the session I found room for Arrow's excellent Mid Winter Xmas Ale too...

    Next year a Public Address post event crawl then ??

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Jose Barbosa,

    If anyone's ever in the States I recommend Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale . A brilliant drop, alas not available outside the states.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    Yep, that Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams Boston Lager were my drops of choice when I was in the USA. I see Sam Adams won an award, from the story - can you even buy it here?

    It was available 5 or so years back at some Foodtows, I think, but haven't seen it around in a long time.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Julian Melville,

    Nice read! Beervana coincides nicely with my 40th so I think it'll be a trip down there for the occasion.

    George - surely beer is only mostly bad in Aussie, not all bad. Anything from Matilda Bay is good in my experience, as is Little Creatures and even James Squire.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

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