Apricot Sour Berliner
Apricot Sour Berliner
While most of us feel about as creative as a pocket calculator on a good day, Len Lye was a living ferment of aesthetic invention. Visitors to the shiny Len Lye Centre on Queen St usually depart gobsmacked at the depth and breadth of his imagination. The second rendition of our Free Radical Sour Beers uses lactobacillus in the kettle which is then boiled and fermented clean. The acidity is balanced by a subtle hint of apricots.
NZ Pale Ale using Nelson hops
Monica Brewster (née Govett) was a woman of the world, an activist and a feminist. Her legacy was gifting Aotearoa with a world-class contemporary art museum. Since 1970 the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery has helped shape New Plymouth’s exceptional art community, inspiring artists and visitors alike. Being the granddaughter of a prime minister and a vicar, you could say Monica was born with high expectations. You could also say her six-figure koha to establish the Gallery well exceeded those expectations. We’ve carefully curated this Pale Ale using crisp Nelson hops to honour Mrs Brewster’s trailblazing legacy and celebrate 50 years of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – here’s to the next 50.
Crisp and hoppy New Zealand Pilsner.
"Sick as, bruh" meant something different for New Plymouth's surfers back in the day. It was probably what they were telling their General Practitioner after paddling through the proverbial let go from the town's 'revolutionary' sewerage system installed in 1933. Thankfully, things have been cleaned up since then, allowing for a much more refreshing ocean experience at the surf break known as 'Bogworks', located directly outside our Brewery. A combination of clean, light malts and crisp Riwaka hops make this New Zealand Pilsner the perfect way to cap off a day catching the big ones.
Belgian Saison with Kawakawa and Horopito.
Chew Chong of Canton, knew nothing of Saison. What he did know, however, was how to make a buck, specifically with fungus and milk. He initially made his fortune extracting fungus from decaying Taranaki native trees and exporting them back to China as a delicacy. Then, from his dairy factory in Eltham, he was the bright spark who created the famous pound of butter. We've brewed his Belgian style Saison "farmhouse ale" in his honour, using traditional Belgian "fungus" (otherwise known as yeast) while nodding to his Kiwi heritage with a hint of Kawakawa and Horopito.
Hazy IPA with American Mosaic and Citra hops.
The impressive brains in the natural gas industry once came up with a genius solution to a dangerous problem. The problem? Natural gas doesn't have an odour and hazardous leaks were going undetected. The solution? Skunk Juice!
What is Skunk Juice you ask? It's a pungent brew or Sulphide and Methyl Mercaptan that can be smelled almost three kilometres from its source. It pongs so bad, it once shut down the town of Stratford for a whole day!
Our version of Skunk Juice harnesses a hazy chemical brew of Mosaic and Citra hops, that unlike its namesake, gives off a beautiful tropical and citrus aromas, so you'll always know when someone nearby has poured themselves a glass of Skunk Juice!
Traditional English Style Bitter that balances a firm floral bitterness with toasty malts. Served on Nitro tap.
Dicky Barrett, renowned for being as wide as he was short, became somewhat of a hero around these shores. Lovingly given the moniker Tiki Parete by local iwi, he fought alongside his Māori brothers against the cowbell ringing enemy from the north. Legend has it he died from injuries while battling a whale, but other reports state a botched double bypass may have been the cause. In honour of Dicky’s girth, this English Bitter boasts a full body, balanced with herbal Antipodean hops.
Hearty American Red Ale boasting big citrus and piney hop character from Simcoe hops.
Legend has it that in centuries past, a race of fair or red-haired people without tā moko - the Patupaiarehe - dwelt in fortified villages in the mountain mist. At night they'd come down to seduce the rest of us by playing their putorino and singing.
Nowadays, we're wooing you with this hoppy Red Ale. Malty and deep red in colour, it packs enough punch for the hopheads, while keeping things balanced for entry-level drinkers
German Style Pilsner. Light and crisp, but with a pleasant malt sweetness.
Back when ladies were seen as vaporous, fragile creatures jammed into supportive hosiery, Fanny Fantham was suiting up as part of the first party to climb the pimply peak on the south slope of Mt. Taranaki. It’s known as Fanthams Peak to this day. We’re tipping our hat to Fanny’s alpine ambitions with the German Pilsner style lager.
Traditional German style Schwarzbier (dark lager) with smooth chocolate and roasty flavours.
Novelist and Hawera luminary Ronald Hugh Morrieson was a big wrestling fan. His idol was Lofty Blomfield, a lion of the ring whose sickest move was the Octopus Clamp. He and his mates used to drink a brew from the Hawera Brewery called “O.C.” which Ron promptly dubbed Octopus Clamp. We’re going the rest of the way and making it for real as a chocolatey Schwarzbeir with stone fruit and caramel flavours.
American Strong Pale Ale. Subtle sweet caramel malts with a gentle bitterness and citrus and tropical hop character.
In the late 19th century, Taranaki was terrorised by a bona fide highway robber called Robert Wallath. Robert was on the young side but he was enthusiastic and principled. He never took money from the working poor, just property developers and dotcom billionaires, giving him a Robin Hood reputation that probably saved his neck.
A low alcohol XPA with enough hop aroma and flavour to think you were drinking a much bigger beer. A refreshing brew that keeps the head clear!
Far away in England an art forger called James Edward Little specialised in forgeries of Maori and Pacific art, even though he’d never been near our neck of the woods. He fooled a lot of “experts” and consequently Puke Ariki has the biggest collection of Little Fakes in the world. This session IPA deceives by fronting big Amarillo and Mosaic without the alcohol kick.
A New World Style Pale Ale featuring NZ and US hops to create a refreshing but full bodied Golden Ale that boasts aromas of tropical fruit, sauvignon grapes and citrus.
Back in the day, Whare Matangi, estranged son of Ngarue, was given a magic dart, or tara, that would lead him to his father. After a few throws the tara hit Ngarue’s house at the mouth of the river. The place became known as Te Whai-tara uni-a-Ngarue, or Waitara. Our own Magic Dart aims for an American-style golden ale with a combo of US and kiwi hops combining sweet stonefruit and tropical aromas.
A big IPA that punches the taste buds with the best that American and New Zealand Hops could offer. Bold, bitter and fruity, this one is for the hopheads.
Rewi Alley cut his teeth on hard-scrabble farming in Taranaki before moving to China in the 1920s. He fell in with the Communists, seeing the revolution through and founding the “together in harmony” movement, better known by the name Gung Ho! It’s also a great description of the way the Amarillo, Citra Centennial and Nelson Sauvin hops in this American IPA combine.