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Sunday, 05 February 2017 20:31

Berlin, only smaller

Berlin, like Germany as a whole is known for lager beers. Berlin's Schultheiss began brewing their Beliner Pilsner in 1902 and it is now an iconic beer in the city.

Wellington is often called the 'coolest little capital' and is known to have a penchant for the odd beer or two.

What happens when these two capitals combine? Well, Tiamana produces the Mini Pils of course!

Brewer Annika Naschitzki collaborated on this beer with her father, who once upon a time, was himself a brewer at Berlin's Schultheiss brewery. The resulting beer is a sessionable pilsner, using the same hops as the well known Pilski, but less taxing on the alcohol intake.

Win-win we say and we're pleased to welcome it to our tap line-up, so come on down to Moon in Newtown and give it a try this summer!

Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?

We have some Aussie beers in keg out back and what better time to get them on than a nice summer's evening during Australia Day*?

We'll have some treats from the likes of Big Shed Brewing Concern, Bentspoke and Temple Brewing pouring on tap. All served by the schooner or middy of course**

For a real culinary match there will be a free sausage sizzle from 4-6pm or until the snag supply hits zero. We'll have all the usual trimmings of bread rolls, sauce and onion

Plus, we'll be streaming Triple J's hottest 100 countdown from 4pm which,for us, is the best way to catch up on what wasn't too dreadful on the radio in 2016. If people are in need of visual stimulation we'll put The Castle on the projector too!

Bonza mate

**Tap Beers**

We will have over the course of the day;

Big Shed Brewing Concern (Royal Park, SA)
Beery Ripe Porter 5.7% - A beer brewed to illicit memories of the Cherry Ripe chocolate bar you've had once or twice!

Untappd users are calling it 'Cherry ripe in a beer as advertised' (Steve) & 'Not bad' (Kathleen K)

Bentspoke Brewing Co. (Braddon, ACT)
Tour de Brune 8.5% - A big Belgian Brown ale showcasing a host of new world hops and exhibiting a taste of divine Belgian chocolate. At 8.5% this will be the beer to finish the night on, as such it we be pouring after the Beery Ripe!

Untappd users are calling it 'Not my thing. But yeah wow' (Jonny S) & 'Like a fruit cake in liquid form' (Jules G)

Temple Brewing Co. (Brunswick East, VIC)
Anytime Pale Ale 4.7% - Previously had the title of IPA, but the brewers saw sense and positioned it as a Pale Ale, a tag which does fit this outstanding beer. Tons of sunny Australian hops give this beer a full-on mango twist making it both refreshing and as tasty as fruit salad.

Untappd users are calling it 'Better than the other option' (Andrew G) & 'Bitter in all the right ways' (Morgan H)

**Bottled Beer**
In our fridge we also have longnecks of Coopers Sparkling Ale alongside Temple's RYE HARD Red IPA, for the die hard fans of beer... & Cooper's actually-quite-drinkable 0.05% Light Beer

On Sunday 29th we also have a visit from Murray Kyle the Australian Troubadour, which is a free entry show from 6pm!


*a.k.a Invasion Day - But the beer still tastes good!

** We say 'of course', but you can also have pots, pints and ponies Wikipedia - Australian Beer glass names

After having a successful event showcasing the brewing efforts of Beer Baroness, Tiamana and Mata last year we have decided to host a second event with an even larger roster of brewers.

At Moon we always like to have good and interesting beers on tap and we're pleased to have an ever growing number of female brewers to choose from. Every one of them produces great beer, regardless of gender and that's what we like to celebrate, great beer. We'll have quite a line-up for you, with all tastes, hoppy to sour, light to dark catered for!

Expanding on last year, we've stretched one day to a whole weekender, from the Thursday to the Sunday. We start off with Annika from Tiamana running us through an intro to tasting off flavours in beer and why they exist ($10, Thurs 6:30pm Limited spaces) ending with a show from Nicole Andrews on Sunday evening (Sun 6pm $10)

The full line-up of events:

Thursday 6:30pm
Sensory Beer Tasting with Tiamana
$10 Limited spaces

Annika from Tiamana is running a tasting course with a twist; this is beer that you don't want to drink!

Ever wondered why some beer tastes off or like it's gone bad? This tasting picks up on a few problems in beer and with the off flavours isolated, in capsule form, you can now find out what they are and how they occur.

There's only a few spots so e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your space, payment on the day which gets you access to the tasting and the beer for experimenting with.

Thursday 7:30pm
Live music and DJ sets from Chocolate Box
Free!

The ladies are kicking off the Female Brewers Showcase with an 'all-killer, no-filler' DJ and live set!
Featuring Vanessa Stacey & Lisa Tomlins

https://www.facebook.com/events/1540756939287444/

Friday 6:00pm onwards
Live music and DJs
$5 from 8pm
Deathray Record's Wahine DJs get you warmed up for a Friday night until the bands start playing. Turtleneck Promotions are featuring an all-female line up (TBA) from 8pm

Saturday 1:30pm
Meet-the-Brewer: MATA
Free
To kick off our summer aftermoon opening times we have a meet the brewer session with Tammy and Gloria Vitikingas from Mata in the Bay of Plenty. They have travelled down especially for the event so come along and enjoy a Mata beer or two with the women who brewed it! (We may or may not be pouring a keg of Matawhaka IIPA for you...)

Sunday 6:00pm
Nicole Andrews
$10
Newtown musician and member of the female Red Moon Collective (with Jhan Lindsay and others) hosts an evening of live music at Moon. A great chilled out way to round off the weekend.

And thorughout the showcase we will have every tap and handpull pouring a female brewed beer of course!

There'll always be more things coming from the fine women in beer of NZ throughout the year too, the Pink Boots society regularly brewes special beers and hosts events. And in Wellington specifically keep an eye out for the Beerded Ladies group and the cool as Thirsty Bitches on twitter
Pink Boots NZ - https://www.facebook.com/pinkbootssocietynz
Beerded Ladies - https://www.facebook.com/groups/371920469650097/
Thirsty Bitches - https://twitter.com/ThrstyBtches