The Overall Champion Brewery title showcases the consistent excellence of 8 Wired's brews, through securing two golds for our latest Wild Feijoa ‘22 vintage (barrel aged sour pale ale) and Oude Imperial (spontaneously fermented sour ale), two silver medals for Baltic Smoke (smoked baltic porter) and iStout (imperial stout), and a bronze for Brave Old World - Scotch Ale.
See the full catalogue of results
First hop off the rank is NZH-101. NZ Hops Ltd
Wild Feijoa is online now, and it's time to make a toast!
This is the latest release from our Barrelworks site in Matakana, and our favourite yearly release. We have been brewing this beer every year since 2013, when we were based in Blenheim.
A pale sour beer, Wild Feijoa is aged for up to 2 years in wine barrels and then another year on fresh, local and organic feijoas from Helen and Peter at Quinta Feijoas who have supplied the fruit for the last 7 years.
This is a big beer birthday, so to toast this special occasion, we also created a small batch of Feijoa Grappa you should get your hands on, cheers to 10 Wild years!
Online now -
Sour Ale: Single 500ml bottles, or 6 Pack
Grappa: 250ml bottle
From the archives - Søren takes us through the process of sourcing Feijoas from local organic orchard Quinta Feijoas and the barrel ageing process - of 2,3, or 4 years.
Our Double Scoop project is a series of deliciously complex pastry stouts brewed with layers of REAL ingredients to unfold in your glass like a baked liquid delicacy. Here's what we've produced thus far.
Boysenberry Chocolate - This Boysenberry Chocolate edition is layered with tonnes of sweet yet tart boysenberries whipped into the depths of a smooth, creamy chocolate pastry stout. It all melts together for a double helping of a silky stouty treat.
Baklava -Toasty hazelnut and almond are the main star of this dessert beer and are perfectly layered on a silky smooth milk stout base. Honey, orange and a mix of fragrant spices provide the sweetness and citrus that make Baklava so decadent.
Chocolate, Cherry Frangipane -This Chocolate, Cherry, and Frangipane edition is layered with tones of velvety chocolate, sweet yet tart cherry, classic Frangipane almond and a touch of vanilla. It all melts together for a double helping of a silky stouty treat. Hold the sprinkles.
Salted Caramel Cinnamon Swirl - Layered with tonnes of velvety chocolate, sticky salted caramel, warming cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla - need we say more?
If we've stock of the latest Double Scoop beer you'll find it in our Limited/Seasonal beers
One beautiful barrel aged beer. A barrel aged flower sour beer in fact.
Not for the general public (sorry), we'll be releasing 'Fleur-de-lis' for the Rare Beer Challenge, in support of Rare Disorders NZ, this Friday night, at Fortune Favours.
For Rare Disorders NZ.
From thousands of votes, for over 1,000 beers from 84 incredible breweries, these particular 8 Wired beers have once again made us proud!
These proven brews continue to be as popular as ever with craft beer drinkers; Hazy IPA Hop Salad, the legendary NZ IPA Hopwired, and Sour Pale Ale, Hippy Berliner. Of course the Stouts had to be right up there too, with iStout and iStout Affogato!
Thanks to Suzuki NZ, we've got spot prizes of umbrellas, caps, and $50 MTA vouchers to help fill your tanks!
8 Wired x Small Gods Brewing
Online now - 500ml bottles available as singles or a 6 pack.
What we have here is a passion project, many years in the making.
We wanted to put our own, beer-inspired mark on our whisky. So instead of making a wash from pale distillers malt, we started with what can best be described as a porter. Dark, chocolatey and malty, fermented with a Belgian saison yeast. After distilling this twice, we aged it in three different barrels:
First it spent a year in barrels that held our famed Imperial Stout, Bumaye.
Then it went into brand new, heavily charred American Oak barrels for two years.
Finally it spent three more years in Bourbon barrels that also held another Imperial Stout.
The finished result is a whisky that is rich and complex. Full of sweet, chocolatey notes from the barley and the stout barrels, layered with complex alcohols, esters and phenols from the fermentation and distilling. This is all rounded off by vanilla, coconut and caramel flavours from the oak.
Online now in our Key Range of beers.
Our latest, and fourth beer in the new Brave Old World series, is a Scotch Ale, inspired by the rich, malty brews that emerged from Scotland in the 1800's. This deep copper ale was brewed with a complex malt bill, including plenty of Crystal and Cara malts and fermented with a British ale yeast. This is a very malt-forward beer, with plenty of caramel sweetness, and notes of toffee and raisin.
Online now! Single Cans, 6 Pack or 12 Pack (BULK BUY free shipping).
The third beer in the series, takes us to Munich! An Oktoberfest Lager, inspired by the classic lager from Munich that takes its name from the famous festival.
This amber-gold lager is brewed with all German malts, hops and yeast and has been traditionally lagered. With a soft, bready body, and a delicate lashing of hops for a crisp finish, this is one super delicious, drinkable beer. Prost!
3 x Gold: Oude Imperiale, Mahu Lager & Hop Salad
5 x Silver: Wild Feijoa, A Fistful Of Raspberries, Brave Old World Imperial English Stout, iStout and Lo-Fi
4 x Bronze: Semiconductor, Ernest, Hippy Berliner and Mando a Mando
Huge congrats to all of the breweries celebrating their success - quality in the beer, but also the breweries themselves, whose work makes the NZ brewing industry what it is!
Mahu - Lager 4.5%
Hop Salad - Hazy IPA 6%
Brave Old World - English Imperial Stout 9.5%
iStout - Imperial Stout 10%
Lo-Fi - Low Alcohol Sour 2%
Ernest - Daiquiri Inspired Sour 5.2%
Hippy Berliner - Sour Hoppy Ale 4%
Oude Imperiale - Spontaneously Fermented Sour 8%
Wild Feijoa 2021 - Sour Pale Ale 6.3%
Let's start with something easy on the ABV
Get it now in 440ml cans (limited), to kick off your winter warmer collection. Treat yourself with a luscious Baklava
Try something new but old
Our latest release, and first in our new 'Brave Old World' series - English Imperial Stout inspired by historic styles. Take yourself back to that old English pub, complete with roaring fire.
Extra strength at 9.5% ALC./VOL.
The award-winning iStout is a must
Next up, the iStout a big one at a hefty 10%... with a recipe that has been perfected over the years, recently named in New World's Top 30 “Excellent beer,” the judges proclaimed, “like chocolate liqueur. Smooth, rich and creamy.”
And from Barrelworks to finish
It's been a while, but it's finally time to see what the team is up to on the international beer scene.
Collaboration brews with good friends in some top locations to follow...
PART 1: Søren in San Diego, CA! Pizza Port Brewing Company
Søren and our International Man of Beer Brian Watts have both frequented the Pizza Port locations for the past 10+ years. What started as a brewpub in 1992 eventually spanned into 5 different locations in the San Diego area. The Ocean Beach location is the perfect spot to grab a true West Coast IPA after surfing or lounging on the beach.
"With Head Brewer Matt Palmer, we brewed a West Coast style IPA with Nelson Sauvin, Motueka (NZ Hops) and Amarillo (US hop). The name is not 100% locked in yet I think but I think it will be "Stay Grassy, San Diego" (get the movie reference there...)
Thanks Matt and the whole team at Pizza Port - super friendly and hospitable. It's a great brewery in all ways, and one to visit on your travels.
PART 2: Hanging and collabing with Magnanimous in Tampa, FL
Charlie Meers is the co-founder of Magnanimous Brewing. Charlie is a beer traveller and well known across the country, quite simply one of the best dudes in the beer community. We've been planning to do a collab with these guys for years, since meeting at an event in Athens in 2012 in fact.
And we've done just that, with brewers Charlie and Mike.
The beer will be a NZ pilsner with a blend of NZ hops from Revolution hops - ready to go on tap by 4th July, Lager Day Weekend.
PART 3: Collaborating with Good Friends - Halfway Crooks Beer (Atlanta, GA)
Joran Van Ginderachter, with business partner Shawn Bainbridge have made Halfway Crooks possibly the best small brewery in Atlanta and one of the best breweries in the country in less than 3 years. And that's where we hung out on this leg of the trip, and created a beer with Joran and Shawn, to be released in the coming months. 8 Wired collaborated with Joran back in 2014 with Three Taverns Brewing (where Joran was brewmaster) and Terrapin Beer Co on a special beer called 'Free Spirit'. Good friends. www.halfwaycrooks.beer
Also on our travels;
The Porter Beer Bar
Arguably one of the best beer bars in the country. We did a collab with these guys a few years ago when the owners came to NZ and blended some barrels with us to create the beer Aøtearøa.
Event at Brick Store Pub; again, arguably is also one of the best beer bars in the country (!)
A panel of experienced, independent beer and cider judges with a range of expertise on different styles blind-tasted and evaluated literally thousands of samples (judges see only the beer or cider in the glass, never any bottles or brands).
The Top 30 and Top 100 lists make a great guide for tasting some of the country's best brews!
Our winning beers and the judge's comments;
8 Wired iStout is a legitimate legend in New Zealand brewing circles and brewer Soren Eriksen has perfected the recipe over the years. The i in iStout stands for imperial, which means big, and at 10% ABV it’s the biggest beer in the Top 30 but the alcohol is superbly integrated in the deep, smooth flavour. It shines like black opal in the glass and delivers layers of chocolate, dates, leather, licorice and sweet coffee. “Excellent beer,” the judges proclaimed, “like chocolate liqueur. Smooth, rich and creamy.” A beer for sharing or for spending a long evening with in front of the fire.
If you're lucky, you'll find iStout under our Key Range beers
A Fistful of Raspberries
8 Wired, based in Warkworth but with a barrel room and restaurant in nearby Matakana, have made a speciality of aging beer in wooden barrels. This is potentially the pinnacle of their work. Brewed in the traditional Belgian Framboise style, which means utilising wild yeasts plus bacteria in the air and in the wood of the barrels. The beer is pleasant blush-copper colour and the aroma of raspberries jumps out the glass. The fruit and doughy sweetness is complemented by a hint of vanillin from the barrel and it’s perfectly offset by the bright acidity and dry, just-tannic finish to create a complex but delicately balanced beer. Nothing short world-class.
See our Barrel Aged beers