Thanks to our Guest Blogger and beer aficionado… In this week’s article Denis “the man” Cooper writes about ‘Three Sisters Brewery’ beers, that you can find on the shelves at Fresh Choice Nelson.
The recent drop in temperature and rain has been a slap in the face and reminder that it is actually winter. However, it was rain in the face that launched a coastal Taranaki brewery called Three Sisters Brewery into commercial success.
Going by the name you’d expect the owners to be three female siblings. But, Three Sisters Brewery is actually a husband and wife team (Joe and Sarah) who named the brewery after their three daughters… As well as remembering family excursions from their home town of Oakura up the coast to the Three Sisters rock formation at Tongaporutu.
Three Sisters Brewery has been brewing commercially since April 2017 after winning the first Taranaki SOBA Homebrew Competition in 2015 with their American Pale Ale, ‘Rain in the Face’.
Fresh Choice Nelson has three Three Sisters Brewery beers residing in the beer fridge:
Rain in the Face American Pale ale – 5.6% ABV:
Smells like hop flowers. It carries all the berry flavours including strawberry, blueberries and raspberries, with a sweet malt finish. This berry bowl of fruit packs a mountainous amount of flavour for the modest alcohol content.
This beer pays homage to the three blonde daughters. Tastes of hop flowers and it’s nicely balanced with a good amount of pilsner malt shining through. Although it’s an ale, it’s like a strongish pilsner (5.8% ABV). Using Pacific Jade hops (also used in Steinlager) and water from Oakura’s aquifer it makes a delicious pilsner-like beer, clean, crisp and very satisfying.
Zesk East Coast XPA – 5% ABV:
Zesk is the first in the series of street art beers, and the artist is called Zesk, hence the name. Three Sisters Brewery give caution to this beer pronouncing it extremely drinkable, and that’s very good advice. For a 5-percenter this beer has prolific flavour. It smells of freshly squeezed pawpaw with big flavours of pawpaw, melon and all those other juicy tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is very clean and satisfying, and all you want to do is keep on sip sip sipping.
Drop on down to Fresh Choice and pick up a beer