Beer #378 - W/C 9 May 2022
BREWERY // The Southpaw founders took inspiration from the beers they had experienced while travelling the world when they started contract brewing commercially in Christchurch in 2016. Brewer Cameron Burgess kicked things off with a great Pale Ale called Uncle Charlie and steadily added more beers to the core range as well as occasional seasonals. In late 2019 they levelled up with a shiny 1,200L kit of their own at their Hornby location. They also have a cellar door so be sure to grab a rigger when you're in the area.
BEER // Ah... Saison. This once near-extinct style has become the darling of craft brewers which is brilliant news for people with noses and tastebuds. This almost-impossible-to-define farmhouse ale was traditionally brewed to slake the thirst of Wallonian farm labourers in the Middle Ages who would drink around 5 litres of the relatively low abv beer per day. Holy Roller is a shining fresh example of this lively style that masters the tricky balance of yeast character and hop aroma/flavours. The peppery spice notes and fruity esters take the lead with Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops providing heavy back-up with some bright zesty citrus character and medium bitterness. Saisons match beautifully with a whole range of food.
BREWERY // Southpaw
BEER // Holy Roller
STYLE // Hoppy Saison
ORIGIN // Christchurch
ABV // 5.5%
TEMPERATURE // 12C
FOOD MATCH // Roast chicken with garlic & herbs, Bouillabaisse (french fish stew), Shawarma, Lemon Tart
VESSEL // Tulip. Big Wine Glass