Monteith’s, a craft brewery from none other than our most beloved of neighbours, New Zealand. Although, so far, I must admit I haven’t been their greatest fan (and if some of the other beer blogs I follow are anything to go by, I’m not alone in this: beerisyourfriend; beerbarband). I’ve only had a couple of their brews and they’ve been average at best so let’s see if their Unfiltered Apricot Wheat can change that. The concept of adding fruit flavours […]
If you were to map out my ascendancy into beer geekery, it would look something like: James Squire beer tasting in ’10 (?) White Rabbit at the Coro in ’11 Regular appearances at the Archive for Little Creatures Pale Ale Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta IPA in August ’12 It was my mate’s twenty-fifth at the Archive. The night was winding down and it was one of the first times I’d strayed in the Next Door bar, where the expensive hardcore geek […]
I did mention a while ago that I went on a working trip to Fiji. For those unfamiliar with the beer scene in Fiji, there are three options: Fiji Bitter Fiji Gold Vonu Pure Lager The first two are the product of Carlton & United Breweries’ Fijian subsidiary. As a result, it’s not terribly surprising to find that the Fiji Bitter tastes like VB. I’ve never tried the Gold but I imagine it’s about the same but midstrength. When my colleagues […]
This review begins with me wandering the aisles of my local First Choice gunning for a porter or any sort of dark beer. For some reason, Guinness is $80 for a case and I can’t find the James Squire Jack of Spades in a case. I spy Monteith’s (First Choice really need to move it away from the eye level shelf) and they produce a darker beer in a handsome black bottle. Dare I risk it? The last belt of […]
The radler is ein Deutsche concept. According to the font of all knowledge, it means “cyclist”. In English, a radler is effectively a shandy, a beer diluted with lemonade. As a cyclist, I can see how that link would work. After a long hot day in the saddle, a drink consisting of carbs, water and a bit of booze to loosen the muscles seems ideal. The concept of ‘beer + cycling’ is endorsed by pro Laurens Ten Dam.