Monthly Archives: February, 2017

Son of Thor IPA

February 27th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 1 comment

This is the offspring beer from the mighty Thor Imperial IPA

Thor was a huge success last year. We got great feedback, but with some saying that at 8.8% was a bit big. So for those people, we have listened and here is a beer slightly less intense but still a powerhouse of hops inspired by Thor.

This beer still has the massive dank dry hop character, but the malt, colour and alcohol lighter; Therefore delivering the powerful hop aroma and hop flavour without the weight of the alcohol and body of Thor.
Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe are the power couple in this marriage of bright hoppy awesomeness. Sweaty and fruity aroma, light body, sweet fruity flavour, and medium bitter finish.
It is an IPA from Epic. Which is probably all we need to say right? You know it is going to deliver a massive attack of hops on your olfactory system.


About the beer:

ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 50
HOPS: Nelson Sauvin & US Simcoe

Launch Event – Lumsden Freehouse, 3 March 2017

Availability: 500ml bottles and keg launching in NZ in early March.

Case offers

February 27th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Armageddon Case

12 x 500ml bottles

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.66%






Hop Zombie Case

12 x 500ml bottles

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.5%





St. Luke Case

12 x 500ml bottles

Style: IPA

ABV: 7%





Thunder APA

12 x 500ml bottles

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.7%






Imperium Vintage Ale

12 x 500ml bottles

Style: Stout

ABV: 9%





The Observer Timeless Ale

12 x 500ml bottles

Style: Old Ale

ABV: 9.7%


Stone Hammer Strikes Again!

February 20th, 2017 Posted by New Beer, Uncategorized No Comment yet

Yes, the IPA in of the series of beers with the same name is coming back!

For those of you who have forgotten, or whose memory of it has been drowned in a sea of subsequent freaking awesome Epic beers, this may jot your memory:

In the spirit of an Epic beer, this IPA is seriously hop forward. Some say like a punch in the face. Its big and its aggressive, but in a “could I have another one kind” of way.
Your tongue will be slayed by the massive attack of Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops creates an incredible aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. The intense juicy hop oils envelop your palate with grapefruit and passionfruit flavours. The body has a sweet malt character that drives the hop flavours and subsides to a zinging hop bitterness.

Or as our mate Neil Miller put it so eloquently at it’s launch at the GKBF in 2016:

More about the beer:
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 60
EBC (SRM): 15

(Re) Launch: The Lumsden Freehouse, 3 March 2017
We’ll keep you updated here heading into the wilds of NZ on 1 March.



Beers, BBQ and Hops

February 15th, 2017 Posted by Events, Hops, Uncategorized No Comment yet

SOLD OUT! We’ve tried to accomodate as many extra people as possible – we’ve doubled the number – but we’ve really hit the limit! This has had a lot more interest than anticipated, so we’ll organise another one next year. Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list and we’ll let you know when it’s happening. For those who are coming, we’re super excited to get amongst the hops with you!

To help celebrate Nelson Beer Week, we’re inviting you to join us at New Hoplands to enjoy some beers and a BBQ in the sunshine amongst the hops. You’ll also be able to go on a tour of the working hop farm to get a unique insight to the New Zealand hop harvest.

Where: New Hoplands, 362 Tadmor Valley Road, Tapawera

When: Saturday 18 March, 12 – 5pm

Cost: Nothing!

What’s the catch?: We’ve got limited spaces – 20 max – so please RSVP to as soon as possible. R18.

How to get there: New Hoplands is about an hour’s drive from Nelson or 45 minutes from Motueka.

Google Maps

We hope to see you there!



Rays of Sunshine

February 13th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

We’ve just seen a nice write up on Hopshine Pale Ale by Drinksbiz Magazine – thanks guys.

Epic Hopshine Sunny Pale Ale

The absolute stand-out of this issue’s beer report, Epic Hopshine Sunny Pale Ale is exactly what it purports to be on the label: a glassful of Sunshine. With an aroma of Queen peaches, the golden brew is grassy and really does taste of sunshine, without being overly fruity. With just one sip your spirits lift and you’re transported to a sun-dappled meadow, cicadas buzzing and swallows swooping. Balanced and versatile, this is a brew that will gain many adherents – an exceptional summer-time ale.

Not long to go until the New Zealand Hop Harvest!

February 9th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

On Wendesday 8 February, Luke visited the Plant and Food Research‘s trail hops plot in Motueka as part of the Hop Research Committee. Here’s a short video showing how the New Zealand hops are progressing. The hop harvest isn’t far away at all!

February Special Offers

February 7th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 4 comments

We’ve got some sweet special offers for you this month – check these out:

The best EPIC beers of Summer:

Hopshine Pale Ale (5.5%)

St. Luke Milestone Ale IPA (7%)

Loral Lager (5.5%)

LaRger Imperial Pilsner (8.5%)

$99 – BUY NOW




12 Mix pack:
Pale Ale (5.5%)
Lager (5%)
Hop Zombie DIPA (8.5%)
Loral Lager (5.5%)
Hopshine Pale Ale (5.5%)
Thunder APA (5.4%)
Awakening Pils (5.2%)
Imperium Vintage Ale (9%)
The Observer Timeless Ale (9.7%)
LaRger Imperial Pilsner (8.5%)
$99 – BUY NOW


*We can only ship within New Zealand.
Sorry overseas Epic fans – get our 11th birthday t-shirt instead!

Rooster Double Hoppy Strong Lager

February 2nd, 2017 Posted by New Beer, Uncategorized 1 comment

Rooster is a one-off beer that coincidently releases on the week of the Chinese New Year – the year of the Rooster. This is a keg only release, keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter as we’ll let you know where you can get some.

Keg only – Special release.

Style: Lager

ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 45
New Zealand Pacific Jade
US Liberty, Santiam & Amarillo
Malt: Premium Pils

Where we’ve sent kegs:
Wellington: Regional Wines & SpiritsFork & Brewer, Bruhaus and Moon Bar.
Auckland: Brewers Cooperative, Brew On Quay, The Lumsden, Hallertau, The Beer Spot, Artwok Takapuna, Liquorland Newmarket and Bird on a Wire.
Hamilton: Craft Hamilton, Hamilton Wine Co.

Any additional locations will be added as they know that kegs have been sent out.


Champagne d’Geddon

February 1st, 2017 Posted by New Beer, Uncategorized 2 comments

Champagne d’Geddon is an Experimental Beer – Epic Armageddon IPA made with fermented Sauvignon Blanc grape juice from Marlborough.

ABV: 9.1%

Keg only.

Launch Events
Auckland: 16 Tun, 9 February 2017

Wellington: The Malthouse, 15 February 2017

Notes from Luke:

“So this was a crazy idea that kind of just happened. Thinking about how to level up Armageddon IPA in a unique way. Why not add some grape juice? Other breweries around the world have tried it. What would you add as a NZ brewery? Well it has to be what we are most famous for right? Yup! Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

It is different. It is 9.1% abv. It seems to taste alright. The test will be on Thursday, to see if we can drink a whole pint. Come join me and let’s try this experimental beer together. Only available in a very limited number of kegs.”