A quick post to look at one of the breweries encountered during this year’s trip to New Zealand. I was very happy to find this selection box of Harrington’s ales in Countdown in Rotorua. We were stocking up on some provisions for the next leg of our road trip, and a handy box of ales was just the job.
Let’s take a quick tour through the box. The Wobbly Boot Porter was full of chocolate deliciousness and the best one in this selection box.
This Rogue Hop Pilsner was a tasty pils but really needs loads more of those rogue hops.
The Pig & Whistle Mild was another piece of chocolatey deliciousness, with just a hint of smoke somewhere in the mix.
The Ngahere Gold lager was one of the best lagers that I have ever tasted, very interesting balance of flavours and full of hops. High strength lagers tend to get tarred with the “Special Brew” brush, and this was certainly not like that.
Next up we have the East Indies lager, which suggests that this will be a hoppy beast. Sadly not, as out of all of them, this is the one that needs the most hops adding.
The final beer, not pictured separately, was the Classy Red Session IPA. With a name like that, you really have to deliver a big hit of hops. Err, no. Red? Yes. Session? Just about. IPA? No. Needs more hops. And then some more hops. And put some more hops in just in case.
All in all, a good selection box, and a safe bet if you find yourself in a New Zealand supermarket looking for some good beer.