It’s a guest blog from our beer aficionado, Denis Cooper and today he has a post about Tuatara beer, available right here at Fresh Choice Nelson. Take it away Denis…
Tuatara is a dinosaur amongst NZ craft breweries, established way back in 2000, they have accumulated a plethora of awards and a hugely loyal following. This beast of a brewery was judged NZ’s Champion Brewery last month by the Brewers Guild NZ, and was also awarded three best in class awards for their Bohemian Pilsner, Sauvinova Pale Ale and Hefeweizen Wheat Beer.
Tuatara beer lovers… Don’t think you haven’t been drinking when you haven’t… Your go-to beers have now got a different look. While still retaining their same tasty magnificence and spiny necked bottles (ensuring a safe grip on the bottle in these shaky times), the labels have changed.
The Bohemian Pilsner is now labelled as Mot Eureka, referring to the large amount of Motueka hops in the brew. It still remains full of snap, crackle and hops.
Another play on words is Hefeweizen, which is now known as Weiz Guy. He’s still a fantastic wheat beer with refreshing citrus, yeasty and slightly bananary notes.
Aotearoa Pale Ale has changed to kAPAi, highlighting the APA and with luscious forest pine notes, everything is good.
Sauvinova is still Sauvinova but with different colours, on the label not the brew, which still oozes peaches, grape skins and lime.
Helles Lager is now Helluva, as in hell of a good lager, rather than a love of hell!
But wait there’s more… Two new brews have been added to Tuatara’s core range, Tomahawk and Amarillo.
Amarillo is a 5% American dark brown ale. She’s full of Amarillo hops, giving juicy apricot flavours but carrying an overriding taste of roast malt and coffee. Very similar in style to black IPA or hoppy stout, dunno? Matbe Tuatara could show me the way!
Tuatara’s American APA, which was also awarded a gold medal, has been rejigged and is now known as Tomahawk after the beer’s foremost ingredient, tomahawk hops, which pack a citrusy orange thump.
So slink down to Fresh Choice Nelson for your go-to liquid lizards… Tuatara Beer!