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Wild Feijoa 2014

Later this month, in conjunction with the Brewers Guild Awards, we will release one of my favourite yearly seasonals, Wild Feijoa. This is the 2014 vintage, which actually means that the beer was brewed and put in barrels in 2013, while the feijoas were added in 2014. As such, the vintage indicates the harvest of the fruit, rather than the brewing of the beer. 

 

What's happening in the barrels....

Our sour beer programme continues to develop well. After 4 years of brewing sour beers and 2 years of stock piling hundreds of barrels of these, many, if not most of the barrels are getting close to maturation and it is simply a matter for Jason and I to taste our way through the repertoire and decide what to blend and bottle. Last years vintage of Wild Feijoa has been bottled and is merely awaiting labels (and enough bottle conditioning) to be released. After that we plan to do a bottle run of Sour side of the Moon, a beer that can best be described as a Flanders Black Ale.

What's happening in the barrels....

Our sour beer programme continues to develop well. After 4 years of brewing sour beers and 2 years of stock piling hundreds of barrels of these, many, if not most of the barrels are getting close to maturation and it is simply a matter for Jason and I to taste our way through the repertoire and decide what to blend and bottle. Last years vintage of Wild Feijoa has been bottled and is merely awaiting labels (and enough bottle conditioning) to be released. After that we plan to do a bottle run of Sour side of the Moon, a beer that can best be described as a Flanders Black Ale.

Five months of brewing in our new brewery

As we are approaching July 1st, I realise it has already been 5 months since we brewed our first beer here in Warkworth.

New brewery, getting there….

8 Wired Brewery Warkworth

Our new brewery in Warkworth is starting to shape up. With a bit of luck we will be brewing next week, but I have been saying that for about a month now…  To no big surprise there have been a number of delays. Nothing out of the ordinary but they have all been exaggerated by the 2 week shut down of the country over Christmas. Damn you Santa Claus!

Anyway, we are getting there. Just putting the final touches on the electric installations and commissioning of the gas burner for the kettle.

Wireless!

This week we are releasing a couple of very exciting beers that we brewed at Four Avenues in Christchurch. Two beers fermented entirely with brettanomyces, which is something rather unique and special. 

2014 So Far

As usual it has been a long time since my last blog post, but that doesn’t mean that it has been quiet on the 8 Wired front, quite the opposite actually.

Farmhouse Pale Ale

New year is a good time for a new beer. Our latest keg-only release is “Farmhouse Pale Ale”, a beer shamelessly inspired by the flagship beer of Oxbow, a small farmhouse brewery in Maine, USA. Last year I spent a few days in Maine as our importer, Shelton Brothers, were hosting their annual “The Festival” in Portland. I must have tried a hundred different beers there but the one beer that stood clear in my mind when I got home was Oxbow’s Farmhouse Pale Ale.

New Beers and New Employee

As always it has been a long tiome since my last blog. What can I say, I have been too busy procrastinating...

We haven't been lazy though and have 3 new beers rolling out this week:

Semiconductor - a 4.4% Session IPA brewed with a blend of US and NZ hops (Keg only)

Sæson - a Saison aged with Brettanomyces for one year in Chardonnay Barrels from Grove Mill Winery (Keg only, bottles coming in a couple of months).

Fresh Hopwired 2013

Mashtun full of hops!

 

Fresh Hopwired 2013

 

Ahh, it is that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and the leaves are slowly starting to turn brown. This also means that the good people in the hop business are busier than ever as the green little cones that we all love so much are ready to harvest.

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