Beer #290 - Hallertau / The Original Gangsta
BREWERY // Steve & Hayley Plowman opened Hallertau amongst the orchards of Riverhead back in 2005 as a brewery/bar/restaurant and it quickly became a go-to destination for locals and city folk willing to brave the 20 minute drive from central Auckland. The Hallertau core range is solid but it's their seasonal and one off releases that we get really excited about. Inspiration for Hallertau recipes comes from everywhere and they've collaborated with everyone from Quentin Tarantino to Matt Thomson (whisky-maker) to rock band Beastwars to make special beers. Their recent expansions mean that, as well as the original brewpub, you can also visit the Hallertau Tap Haus on Karangahape Road, Auckland and Hallertau Clevedon.
BEER // As much as we love a Kellerbier, a Mild or a Geueze, there's no denying that India Pale Ale is the king of craft beer styles. IPAs led the craft beer revolution that sparked in California and rapidly took over the world. In 2005 (before YouTube, BrewDog or Facebook) The Malthouse in Wellington hosted their inaugural West Coast IPA Challenge and Steve entered a beer packed with New Zealand and American hops - Mosaic & Nelson Sauvin. It was a big, bold, bitter and it tasted like the future of NZ beer. We are very happy the Hallertau team dusted off the recipe books, re-brewed the O.G. recipe and bottled it exclusively for you Jerks. Over the years, the recipe was tweaked and altered to become fan favourite Maximus.
BREWERY // Hallertau
BEER // India Pale Ale
ORIGIN // Riverhead, Auckland
ABV // 6.8%
TEMPERATURE // Cool - around 10C
FOOD MATCH // Roast Beef & Horseradish Sandwich. Buffalo Fried Cauliflower. Fig Tart. Gorgonzola.
VESSEL // IPA Glass, Tulip