Auckland rugby may be in the blues, but Auckland is increasingly competitive in the contest for the craft beer capital of New Zealand. One of several newer brewers to bubble up from this melting pot is the Deep Creek Brewing Company.
Deep Creek isn’t something dodgy happening in your car’s suspension, but is a JAFA brewery (just another firsty Aucklander) that first launched their liquor in 2011 on the North Shore.
Unprecedented demand has subsequently seen them branch into three brew-bars situated around the Auckland region. And proving the success point, they have just won Champion Small International Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards 2017.
These guys are totally canny with everything about beer including the packaging. Cans are better than bottles at keeping out beer’s biggest enemies, light and oxygen. Being lighter, cans are also more portable and a better fit in your car’s cup holder (joke!!!). And if you’re worried about a metallic taste, then relax, as a can is just a nano keg.
Here’s the goss on what’s currently flowing from Deep Creek:
- Redwood American Pale Ale 5.4%. Grapefruit and pink aromas, with a forest of resinous pine and bitter grapefruit flavours, You’ll get the most bang for your buck with this brew as the hop flavour per alcohol percentage is better than epic.
- Dusty Gringo India Brown Ale 6.8%. Very dark for a brown, with looks and tastes similar to a black IPA. Once again a prodigious amount of hop character predominates, but if you have the patience let the beer warm to release a load of rich chocolatey malts.
- Nero Chocolate Chipotle Stout 6.5%. perfect for cold, wet nights. Rich and chocolatey with a hint of capsicum. The capsicum gives both a smoky flavour and a warming heat, much like putting on your favourite cosy socks.
Don’t be left up de creek without a beer paddle of Deep Creek. Cruise on down to Fresh Choice Nelson to find yours!
Thanks to our Guest Blogger and beer aficionado… Denis “the man” Cooper!