This time last year, I started my 365 beer hunting blog with the intention of trying and reviewing a different beer every day for 365 days or, to put it another way, a year. Things didn’t quite go to plan, of course, starting a day late late didn’t help. I still haven’t quite hit the 365th beer yet but I have stuck with tradition and started a new year of blogging a day late. As Uncle Ron used to say, “nothing any good was made in a hurry”.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been lucky enough to be on holiday with family and old friends in New Zealand. I’m a little behind with the blogging but have many great Kiwi brews up my sleeve, so here’s the next instalment.
After a stunning drive through the Haast Pass, we arrived at the holiday town of Wanaka. Time for a refreshing ale at the buzzing ‘Lai Whaka Pai’, across from the lake. I chose a local brew from Maverick Craft Beer, Voodoo Chile Pale Ale.
Looking most alluring in its long, slender pint glass, Voodoo Chile is the colour of unset marmalade (according to my marmalade-making wife). I call it ‘cloudy golden brown’.
There’s hints of toffee and oatcakes on the nose and the aroma is backed up by similarly warm, wintery flavours, freshly baked flap jack with a lingering mild citrus finish. It tastes a little homemade but I like that in a craft beer. I think this would go down a treat after a day’s skiing …… it was pretty good after a summer day’s driving through the stunning Central Otago countryside.
Brews and Tunes, what else?! Here’s Mr James Hendrix, live at Woodstock with his 12 minute ode to beer. I don’t remember being there ……… therefore ………