Fortunate Islands Two Ways
Making fruit infused beer properly is a pain the arse. I can understand why the majority of 'fruited' IPAs use fruit essences, using real fruit is a hell of a lot harder to scale up. While visiting New Zealand last year, Modern Times head brewer Matt Walsh told us about the ridiculous amount of time it took to zest thousands of grapefruit for the amazing Fortunate Islands with Grapefruit Zest. He swore (I think it was the f-word) that they would never ever make that beer again. Luckily for us Matt wasn't true to his word - with the latest US shipment Grapefruit Fortunate Islands has returned!This Tuesday we're tapping 2016 Grapefruit Fortunate Islands at 5pm. We thought it would be fun to have the standard Fortunate Islands on next to it, so we'll tap a keg of that at 5 as well! We'll serve both in 200ml TeKu, 300ml Fancy and 473ml US Pints so you can choose how
Aussie Rules, Aussie Beers & Mince Pies
This Saturday is the biggest event on the Aussie sporting calendar - the AFL Grand Final. The Sydney Swans have yet again made the final, with Western Bulldogs also making it in - for the first time since 1961. The game kicks off at 4.30pm and will be accompanied by some amazing Aussie brewers on tap. We'll have: - Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (4.4%, classic thirst quencher) - N.O.M.A.D. Without a Paddle (5.8%, delicious Kriek from GABS) - Akasha Iago's Revenge(9.8%, Imperial Black IPA from GABS) For the authentic AFL experience we'll even serve up some classic stadium mince pies for a special price. Well, they'll be served like a stadium mince pie: in a bag with a squeezy tomato sauce. The filling will be a little classier, with angus beef mince cooked in 8 Wired Batch 2.18 Imperial Stout. If you're not familiar with the rules of Aussie rules, there will be plenty of authentic Australians around to explain them to you. So come on down at 4, grab a pie and stake out a spot.
JB3 & Special Guests
This Saturday at 9pmJB3 bring the Boogaloo and New Orleans Funk to the HZ lounge. JB3 are Jake Baxendale, Shaun Anderson & Daniel Hayles - but this weekend they've got friends in Welly for a different gig. And they'll be joining in as well. So you get six for the price of three - and that price is free!
The VPs Duke it Out
Thanks to everyone who came down for Tuesday's very... interesting presidential debate. We had a packed house and thankfully the stream only dropped once just before things got underway. RNZ even sent a reporter down and interviewed a couple of ex-pat attendees. We think John Campbell did a pretty good job of pronouncing our name. The next debate may not be as entertaining, as it is between two politicians - Vice Presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. It probably won't attract the same crowd, but we'll still be showing the VP debate Wednesday from 2pm for anyone interested.