Let's play a game of 'Where in the World is Søren?'
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.
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.www.theporterbeerbar.com
Event at Brick Store Pub; again, arguably is also one of the best beer bars in the country (!)www.brickstorepub.com