Brave Brewing Co, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

More boozy tastings just after breakfast? Well why not. We are on holiday after all. After our tasty breakfast, we carried on wandering around the farmers’ market, and stopped at the Edgebrook cider company for a chat and some tastings.

After that, it was time for some beer. Because New Zealand. We popped across to the Brave Brewing stall and had a good chat with the chap there, talking about beer styles and tastes.

And then trying some beers, obvs.

First up was the Pacific Wheat Ale, brewed with gladfield pilsner & wheat malts and an Amercial ale yeast for a clean finish. Light and not too bitter (althought still too bitter for Mrs MOFAD), there’s a touch of citrus from the mix of Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Citra and Amarillo hops. A pleasant little wheat.

This was followed by the Farmhouse ale, a saison style beer, which was historically brewed by farmworkers in Belgium for nutrition and refreshment. So many breweries are doing a saison now, but there are almost as many interpretations of it as there are breweries. This tastes like a fairly classic one (in my opinion, and it’s just that since I have no idea what an original saison would have tasted like). Fairly dry with a touch of hoppiness from a mix of Hallertauer Mittlefruh, Czech Saaz, Spalt and Sterling hops.

We finish with the best (for Mr Hophead here), the Extra Pale Ale, the Brave Brewing interpretation of an American Pale Ale (i.e. nowhere near pale enough) 🙂

This one has a mix of Gladfield Ale, Light Crystal and Gladiator malts, with Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra hops. This is a good, hoppy, pale ale, and definitely the highlight of the market for me. A bottle came along on the rest of our ride and then accompanied fish and chips later on…

 

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