Beer #178 - W/C 23 July 2018
BREWERY // George Duncan's story is similar to that of many talented brewers- after years of brewing fantastic beers in his kitchen, he listened to his friends/fans and started a brewing company to share his beers with a wider audience. After two and a half years of contract brewing, Duncan's recently opened a dedicated brewery in Paraparaumu on the beautiful Kapiti Coast which has a cellar door (also staffed by George). Duncan's won 4 medals in the last Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards which is very impressive for a brewery that had only been open for a matter of months. Look out for George at Beervana next week - he's the guy with a huge grin and a sea-captain beard - where he'll be pouring some brand new beers.
BEER // Duncan's Juniper IPA is a big, hop-forward beer cut through with delicate, dry, aromatic gin-like flavours from a juniper addition which quickly became a fan favourite. George wondered what the beer would taste like if he took a batch and amped up the flavours to give it a Negroni twist. He started by making a dark candi sugar with bitter orange peel which had the combined result of upping the ABV and giving it a touch of sweet citrus. Some coriander and a lot of extra juniper were also added before the beer was aged in an oak Chardonnay barrel. The result is well balanced and semi-sweet with all of the subtle flavours playing a part. When we heard there was only one barrel in existence, we bought almost the entire batch to ensure you Jerks didn't miss out.
BREWERY // Duncan's
BEER // Barrel Aged Juniper IPA
STYLE // Imperial IPA
ORIGIN // Paraparaumu. Kapiti Coast
ABV // 8.7%
TEMPERATURE // Cool - 30mins out of the fridge
FOOD MATCH // Turkey Sandwich. Vegetable Biryani. Sauerbraten. Crème Brûlée.
GLASS // IPA Glass