Monthly Archives: June, 2017

Hop Harvester NZIPA

June 20th, 2017 Posted by New Beer, Uncategorized 3 comments


Hop Harvest NZIPA won the Smiths Craft Beer NZ IPA Challenge in Queenstown!

The NZ Hop harvest is complete and the hops are now available, so it’s time to taste the 2017 NZ Hops as our new New Zealand IPA – Epic Hop Harvester.

Inspired by the Epic Team’s yearly trip to the Nelson hop growing region during hop harvest. This year we were down again for Hop Harvest at the Oldham’s Farm BBQing and drinking beers amongst the hops as they were being harvested. We are already making plans for next year’s harvest, so let us know if you are interested in joining us. Check out what went down at this year’s event:

The label captures the colours from our visits to the hop farms. The dark green of the hop leaves and the pale green of the hop flowers, and the orange of the safety vests, with reflective strips.

Aroma of juicy fruit gum, passionfruit and a hint of freshly cut grass.

The flavour hops are the hero of this beer with the tropical fruit and delicate sweet hint of malt sweetness. The beer is driven by Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka hops grown in NZ.

ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 45
Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Riwaka

Launch Events:

Smiths NZ IPA Competition, Queenstown, 22 – 24 June. It will also be available at The Fork & Tap in Arrowtown.
Bin 44 Wellington, 27 June

Any further launches, events or info on availability will be posted here ASAP.

New Zealand only

GABS 2017 Auckland

June 19th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 2 comments

Another successful GABS event for Auckland! Thanks to everyone that came to see us and try our beers. We’re glad that we could put aside some Magic Dust IPA especially for the event, we cracked all of the kegs and we had just enough for the three sessions. Check out our video for the event:

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Magic Dust IPA: Voted Favourite

June 6th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

In a recent online poll, we asked you what your favourite beer release of the last twelve months was. Well, the results are in and Magic Dust took the lead, closely followed by Stone Hammer IPA. Thanks to everyone that participated in May’s online survey.

If you missed the story behind Magic Dust IPA, this was a brand new brewing technique for New Zealand, where Mosaic LupuLN2™ from YCH Hops was used. In a nutshell, the vegetal matter has been removed from the hops via cryogenic separation, leaving the lupulin powder – the good stuff. It’s this good stuff that we used to hop Magic Dust – thus the name, also.

Within a couple of days of it being launched into the wild in New Zealand, it was quickly apparent that this brew was going down pretty well. Untappd ratings are way up there, here are some sweet examples:

Our Cuzzies across the ditch have been loving it too. Thanks to everyone that has tried it and given feedback. Unfortunately, there are always a few of our fans that miss out in some of the one-off brews, including this one. If you haven’t had a chance to try it, there is still hope. We’re stoked to advise that we have tucked away a sneaky batch to be available on tap at GABS in Auckland – so if you haven’t already got a ticket, grab one now!

Thanks again to everyone who has sent in the awesome feedback, this is really useful and we’ll keep using this to keep trying to make the tastiest brews as possible for you.