6.30pm downstairs at Vulture's Lane, on a Monday, 17 Feb we have assembled people from all walks of life joined by their curiosity to try New Zealand's craft beer. Students and General Managers, web developers and retired millionaires - craft beer excites us all. We have tasted 8 summer craft beers of 8 different styles.

 

...AND THE WINNER IS....

 

Behemoth Brewing Company Chur! NZ Pale Ale. Thank you Andrew for a wonderful beer and an educational talk too!

 

Craft Beer Tasting Results 

Tasting Notes

Beer Style Origin Strength Drinkability Tasting Notes
1. Ben Middlemiss White Lady Wheat Beer Auckland 4.5% Any Time The White Lady is a perfect example of an unfiltered wheat beer. This classic Belgian style is cloudy, heady and sporting amber/copper shades. Brewed with orange and coriander to excite your senses. 100% natural, unpasteurised and unfiltered. A true masterpiece!
2. Governor Lager German Lager Auckland 5.0% More Lager is beer fermented and matured at low temperatures for a long period of time and can be any colour or strength. The Governor is a perfect example of a drinkable craft lager - export with a mineral dryness and slightly above average strength.
3. Behemoth Chur! NZ Pale Ale Auckland 5.5% More Originally a British Style, this classic ranges from bronze to full copper in colour. Andrew Childs, the master, uses pale malts to create this flavoursome pale ale. Ale in the English language is the term for beer made by warm fermentation, traditionally with top yeast.
4. Behemoth Iron Harvest Farmhouse Saison Auckland 6.0% Tasty Saison means season, indicating a summer beer. The source of inspiration for this unusual beauty is Belgium style Saison. This style is dry and sometimes slightly sour. What a refreshing strong summer ale. This style is often bottle conditioned. Typical in the province of Hainaut Belgium.
5. Panhead Custom Ales Quickchange XPA Extra Pale Ale (XPA) Wellington  4.6% Any Time Andrew Childs, our guest brewer has explained that it takes extraordinary skill to get aromas and flavours into a beer without raising it’s alcohol content. Panhead Custom Ales have achieved just this with the XPA - Extra Pale Ale. What a hoppy, aromatic beauty, some loved the complexity while others found the pallet overwhelming.
6. Yeastie Boys Golden Perch Golden Ale Wellington  4.4% Any Time Tasty, drinkable and hoppy - what’s not to like? This is a great session beer or an everyday pleaser. Golden or summer ales were developed in the late 20th century by breweries to compete with the pale lager market. A typical golden ale has an appearance and profile similar to that of a pale lager. Developed in hope of winning the younger people away from drinking lager in favour of cask ales.
7. Yeastie Boys "The Rght Stuff" Belgian IPA Wellington 6.0% Tasty This contradiction is a blend of two incredibly popular styles – Belgian Ale and Hoppy India Pale Ale. Flavours are imparted by hops and exotic yeasts, this Belgian IPA has the right stuff to wow any pallet used to craft beer. Brewed with Centennial and Wakatu hops.
8. Stoke Oatmeal Stout Oatmeal Stout Nelson  5.2% More The Stoke Oatmeal Stout was the one hand-pulled beer of the night. Hand-pulled beers are drawn without the assistance of bottled Carbon Dioxide gas, therefore they are a lot somoother and far less gassy than the standard counterparts. Oatmeal provides silky mouth feel and malts give sweet flavours. Compared to some stouts which are more bitter, this was a beautiful dessert beer to finish with.