Monday, January 28, 2008

Summer Swelter

I apologise, updates have been few and far between recently the combination of uncomfortably hot weather and a full on work schedule have resulted in everything being pretty quiet on the home front. The heat wave that has hit my valley has made ferments all but impossible to control, add to that the fact that this sort of weather makes me thirst for cider rather than beer and there has really been nothing to report. Next month will make up for it however, with big changes to the brewery in store, beers from New Zealand’s newest real ale brewery to review, a visit to my favourite pub in the world, and a brewpub I have never been to before February should be an eventful month.

5 comments:

Paul Garrard said...

What I'd give for some uncomfortably hot weather right now. The only good thing about winter is the strong ales.

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

on that we disagree Paul, if i won the lottery I would travel to the northern hemisphere to catch the northern winter and return here for ours.

Kempicus said...

NZ's newest real ale brewery? I'm salivating!

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

Townshends in Upper Moutere, I visited the brewery/press (farm)last year. They have had start up issues but are pretty unique and have great potential. I think the Upper Moutere cafe is the only place in NZ where you can get cask ale straight from the pin behind the bar!

The cider is amasing, they run an orchid of English and French Cider trees and wild ferment it with the yeast on the skins. Its funky and intense, full of tannin and brett.

Kempicus said...

Damn that region has a lot of good beer! Mmmm cider, i'm a big fan of the rough non filtered stuff you can get in the west country, the more tart the better!