Beer #86 - W/C 17 October 2016
BREWERY // For two and a half years, North End's Kieran Haslett-Moore contract brewed beers at friends' breweries. Last July, 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, earlier this 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.
TASTING NOTES // Another modern, NZ take on an historic beer style by North End. We love an IPA as much as the next guy but must admit to getting a little excited when a NZ brewer tells us they are brewing a beer inspired by the traditions of East Flanders. Flanders Brown Ales are kettle soured and contain a large amount of rich malts which ups the alcohol level and also works as a delicious foil against the gentle sourness. The style combines the best of historic British and Belgian characters. The fruitiness of the Belgian yeast is built on with the addition of prunes and cherries. Don't make the mistake of drinking this beer too cold- it is best experienced at cellar temperature. It's a relatively complicated beer so click the video below to hear what the brewer himself has to say.
BREWERY // North End
BEER // Oud Bruin
STYLE // Flanders Brown Ale
ORIGIN // Waikanae. Kapiti Coast
ABV // 7%
IBU // 24
MALT // NZ Mild Malt, Munich Malt, Special W , Vienna, Flaked Maize, Black Malt.
HOPS etc. // Pacific Jade, dried cherries , prunes.
YEAST // Abbey 2
TEMPERATURE // Cellar Temp- 12-14C
FOOD MATCH // Slow Cooked Beef. Onion Pakoras & Veg Samosas. Washed Rind Cheese.
GLASS // Snifter. Wine Glass