Beer #200 - North End / Ballooned Bunch

Beer #200 - W/C 24 December 2018

BREWERY // For the first two and a half years of North End, Kieran Haslett-Moore contract brewed beers at friends' breweries. In 2015, North End completed the construction of their own 2400 litre brewery in Waikanae and haven't looked back. The brewery was joined by a tap-room and restaurant, Salt & Wood, last year making the Kapiti Coast a real destination for fans of good beer. Kieran has been a beer writer and competition judge for over a decade so he has a pretty good idea what he is doing. The other two North End partners were formerly a waiter and a chef and, as Kieran is a former cheesemonger, they are especially interested in food friendly beers with a gastronomic character. North End take inspiration from historic and unusual styles and we are especially loving their Salt & Wood range of beers. 

BEER // Have you tried Blanc de Houblon? It's a white IPA from North End made with some spices which we think is just tremendous. When Kieran offered to brew a Beer Jerk exclusive beer we got to talking about whether any of his beers could be remixed. Adding a whole load of citrus fruit to Blanc de Houblon sounded tasty so that's what they did - oranges, lemons and limes were added to the recipe. The citrus adds a third player to the party of Belgian (cloves, banana, wheat) & IPA (hoppy bitter) flavours with a big whack of citrus aroma and flavours and a little tartness. Massive thanks to the North End crew for making this beer for our community of Jerks and for opening up the brewery to host a group of us during the brew day.

BREWERY // North End
BEER // Ballooned Bunch
STYLE // White Citrus IPA
ORIGIN // Kapiti
ABV // 6%
TEMPERATURE // Cool. 7-11C
FOOD MATCH // Crepes Suzette. Baked Lemon & Garlic Terakihi. Vegetable Tacos w. Mango Salsa.
GLASS // IPA Glass