Pale Ale

It just tastes bigger.

You can only drink so many beers in a lifetime, so you better make each one count. That's where we can help. Because at Epic we're obessed with creating big hop-fuelled beers. This takes a shed-load of skill. It also takes a shed-load of hops. In fact there are 23 crammed into this bottle. Many brewers would call that 'insane'. We call it flavour.

Malt

  • English pale ale
  • Crystal

Hops

  • US Cascade

Flavours & aromas

  • Lychee
  • Grapefruit peel
  • Apricot

Awards

  • Supreme Champion Beer - NZIBA - 2006
  • Bronze medal - 2009
  • Best in Class - 2008

Lager

It just tastes bigger.

Imagine a world without flavour. It'd be almost as bad as a world without beer. Well you're in luck. This lager is literally bursting with hop-fuelled taste. It's been created by people inspired and obsessed with keeping the flame alive. Enjoy our handiwork!

Malt

  • German Pilsner
  • Czech Pilsner

Hops

  • US Santiam
  • US Liberty

Flavours & aromas

  • Citrus
  • Lime peel

Armageddon I.P.A

The answer to everything.

In the beginning, there was nothing. Then an impish brewer piled a ludicrous amount of hops into a batch of beer. This zymurgical big bang is Epic Armageddon, an apocalyptic assault on your preconceptions and taste buds. It may be too huge for this fragile planet so enjoy this beer like it was the last one on Earth.

Malt

  • English pale ale
  • Caramalt

Hops

  • US Cascade
  • US Centenniel
  • US Columbus
  • US Simcoe

Flavours & aromas

  • Hops! hops! hops!
  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit

Awards

  • Best in Class - BrewNZ 2011
  • Best in Class - BrewNZ 2009
  • Gold Medal - BrewNZ 2011
  • Gold Medal - BrewNZ 2009
  • Bronze Medal - BrewNZ 2010

Barrel Aged I.P.A

The answer to everything.

In the beginning, there was Armageddon. Then an impish brewer put the beer in new oak barrels to age it for 8 weeks. This was to reproduce the original IPA of the 18th century. It may be too huge for this fragile planet so enjoy this beer like it was the last one on Earth.

This is Armageddon that has been aged in new American Oak barrels for 3 months, then the beer is blended back with fresh Armageddon in a ratio of one part fresh Armageddon IPA to two parts Barrel Aged.

Malt

  • English pale ale
  • Caramalt

Hops

  • US Cascade
  • US Centenniel
  • US Columbus
  • US Simcoe

Flavours & aromas

  • Hops! hops! hops!
  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit

Awards

  • Best in Class - BrewNZ 2010
  • Gold Medal - BrewNZ 2010
  • Bronze Medal - BrewNZ 2011

Mayhem

Best in Class - BrewNZ 2006

This isn't your ordinary beer du jour. It is so packed with hop-fuelled flavour and aroma that it will invigorate even the hardest hop-head. Brewed as our special festival beer, only available for a limited time, Mayhem will alter your beer reality forever. Enjoy this road to hoppyness with caution.

Malt

  • English pale ale
  • Munich
  • Crystal

Hops

  • US Cascade
  • NZ Riwaka

Flavours & aromas

  • Summer fruits
  • Apricot, Nectarine, Peach
  • Melon

Awards

  • Best in Class - Festive Brew - BrewNZ 2006
  • Gold Medal - Festive Brew - BrewNZ 2006
  • Silver - AIBA 2007
  • Bronze - BrewNZ 2007
  • Gold Medal - BrewNZ 2010

Thornbridge Stout

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

A pair of Kiwis brewing renowned ales on opposite sides of the planet put their heads together to produce New Zealand’s first international collaborative brew. In February 2010, Luke Nicholas from Epic Brewing Company (NZ) and Kelly Ryan from Thornbridge Brewery (Eng) created a silky, decadent yet hoppy stout. Their synergistic brew, Epic Thornbridge Stout, is a drinkable testament to the power of collaboration. Kelly has helped draw out Epic’s dark side which may just usher in a new epoch for brewing in this country.

Malt

  • Maris Otter
  • Munich
  • Caramunich
  • Dark Crystal
  • Brown
  • Pale Chocolate
  • Carafa Special I
  • Roast Barley

Hops

  • UK Target
  • UK Bambling Cross

Flavours & aromas

  • Smooth
  • Voluptuous
  • Rich dark malts

Hop Zombie

NEED...MORE...HOPS...

Hops have taken over the world. Permeated the senses of the minions. Hop Zombies now roam the streets. Lupulin ichor oozing from ravaged legions. Gorging, gouging, masticating. Salivating over insane hop flavours and aromas. The time is nigh. No more festering away in hopless oblivion. Join the HopZombie Revolution.

Malt

  • Pale ale
  • Pilsner

Hops

  • CLASSIFIED
  • 2 x US
  • 2 x NZ

Flavours & aromas

  • Pink Guava
  • Mango
  • Passionfruit

LARGER

BECAUSE IT IS.

Tigers. Balls of Twine. Waimea Bay waves. Pyramids. Ohakune Carrots. Some things are meant to be big. Flavours. Aromas. Beer. The list is large but we think it should be bigger. There is a time and place for subtlety, for a delicate touch. This is not one of them. Turning the amplifier up to eleven? Yeah, that’s it.

Malt

  • Weyermann Pilsner

Hops

  • NZ Pacific Jade
  • NZ Kohatu
  • US Liberty
  • US Tettnang
  • US Santiam

Flavours & aromas

  • Tropical fruit
  • Sweet Caramel

Zythos

One Trick Pony

Zythos is a Greek version of an Egyptian word for beer. It is also a new hop blend, comprised of the US Hop growing regions' most unique hop varieties and perfect for American-style IPA's. This blend was released to help with the hop shortage of other desirable IPA hops.

Malt

  • Maris Otter
  • Munich
  • Caramalt
  • Crystal

Hops

  • Zythos

Mosaic

One Trick Pony

So much beer with so little flavour. Contemplating the blue pill? Wait! A new pony with a kick-ass facial horn. Power to neutralize the poison from the faceless industrial brewing complex. No more green bottles, just green hops. No virgins needed to tame this. May contain traces of Alicorn.

“One Trick Pony” was a comment made by Phil Cook, Beer Writer of the Year 2012 in a blog post about the fact Epic only brews hoppy beers.

It has now become a series of single hopped beers. The recipe stays the same, with just the hop varieties are changed. Hence you are able to taste Zythos and Mosaic side by side and focus specifically on the hop varieties, like wine.

Mosaic is a brand new hop variety, released from the 2012 US Hop Harvest (we had to go on a waiting list to be able to get an allocated at harvest time).

Comet

One Trick Pony

Bred in 1961, but lost favour for all the reasons brewers love US hops today - Citrus & Onion.

We got a limited amount.

In time to see the comet of the century and named after the 5th reindeer.

The hop Comet as well as C/2012 S1 both have the potential to either sizzle or fizzle.

Portamarillo

Tamarillo & Pohutukawa Smoke Porter

A collaboration, a Festive brew and the world's first tree tomato beer. A sorta-Porter fermented with New Zealand grown Tamarillos, which were smoked using wood chips from the sacred Pohutukawa tree (also know as the NZ Christmas tree).

Malt

  • Pale Ale
  • Crystal
  • Chocolate
  • Black
  • Roast Barley

Hops

  • NZ Southern Cross

Flavours & aromas

  • Smoke
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Sweet fruit (Tamarillo)

Mash Up

NZ Craft Beer TV presents

The essence of NZ craft beer is here. We travelled. We filmed. We took the passion and musings of Kiwi craft brewers. We put them in this bottle. Enjoy.

Special thanks to: NZ Hops, Cryer Malt, Gladfield Malt.

Follow the journey at www.NZCraftBeer.tv

Malt

  • NZ Ale Malt
  • UK Maris Otter

Hops

  • Southern Cross
  • Riwaka
  • NZ Cascade

Flying Nun

30 YEAR ALE - 1981-2011

Following on from ROGERS RUIN and RED SKY, EPIC beer have brewed a celebration beer for the Flying Nun 30th Anniversary.

Pours golden in colour with an aroma similar to lychees, grapefruit peel and Turkish Delight. This beer is about sipping and enjoying. We wanted to develop something that oozed drinkability, lacked the massive bitterness that can sometimes scare people away from a good pale ale, yet deliver as best as it could when it came to hop aromatics and flavours.

Coffee & Fig Imperial Oatmeal Stout

The Epicurean.

The Epicurean series is a celebration of the flavours and aromas that can be found within the diverse range of ingredients that brewers and chefs alike use in their creations. This beer is a culmination of hours of cerebration, experimentation, ocgitation and libation. And a sprinkling of dehydrated finesse.

Malt

  • Maris Otter
  • Oat Malt
  • Abbey Malt
  • CaraAmber
  • CaraAroma
  • Chocolate Malt
  • Black Malt
  • Roasted Barley

Hops

  • US Cascade

Extra goodies

  • Caramelised Dried Turkish Lerida Figs
  • Caffe L’affare Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee whole beans
  • Philippine Toasted Coconut