Hancock & Co Craft Brewery – Grand Pale Ale (NZ)

After a hard day in the saddle (quite literally, as we went horse-riding that morning) it’s hard to beat the sun-deck of the Gin & Raspberry in beautiful Wanaka. Named after one of New Zealand’s richest ever gold mines, the Gin & Raspberry lifts you above the holiday bustle of the street.

Photo of the Gin & Raspberry
The Gin & Raspberry – situated above the Lake Bar, it’s next level drinking!


Opting for a Hancock & Co Grand Pale Ale, I was treated to a $9 beer with $1 million views overlooking Lake Wanaka in all its summer glory.

image of bottle and glass of ale on balcony
Hancocks Grand Pale Ale – costs less than a grand

To be honest, after a day’s riding and driving down to Arrowtown and back, you could have given me a cold glass of horse sweat and I’d be grateful. The Grand Pale is a complex beast, pale & golden like a nugget and cloudy with an almost cigar-like bitterness in the finish. There’s fruit and mild honey flavours but it’s one of those beers with a flavour that’s hard to put your finger on. Refreshing, satisfying, but not too grand ….. it’s alright!. I’d have loved another (more on that in a later post).

Here’s The Rakes with “22 Grand Job” ……. it’s alright too

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