Belgium and New Zealand? Two countries that have nothing in common and are, literally, poles apart. It’s Old World vs New World, flat land or high volcanic mountains, chocolate and waffles vs cows and sheep,; the capital of the EU or Antipodean wilderness, Mannekin Pis vs hobbits…
But sometimes opposites do attract, especially when you brew a complex Belgian-style wit beer using aromatic New Zealand hops. Instead of using adjuncts, we carefully selected hops to take their place, brewing with Southern Cross for lemon and Pacific Jade to impart a black pepper flavour.
Are all wit beers almost exactly the same – or is that an oxymoron?
(With apologies – but not many of them – to Scott.)
Short description: Kiwi wit – lemon citrus – tart and spicy
Style: Kiwi Wit
Malt: wheat and malted wheat
Hops: Pacific Jade, Southern Cross
Strength: 6.2% ABV
Bitterness: 55 IBUs
Colour/appearance: hazy straw in the glass with a fluffy white head.
Aroma: light lemon zest with a spicy aroma on the nose.
Flavour: bright lemony citrus up front, with delicious tart and spicy black pepper flavours.
Aftertaste: crisp and dry, with a lemon-lime aftertaste.
This is one seriously food-friendly beer, especially good with lighter dishes for sunshine days. Try it with – and in – a steamed mussel dish, Belgian style. The lemon flavour really acentuates the sweetness of other shellfish and seafood as well. Pair it with some oysters, crab and prawns on a seafood platter or drink it alongside any simply grilled pieces of hake or lemon sole. We wouldn’t turn it down with a fish and chip supper either. Try it with a sushi selection and soft goat’s cheese is an obvious match.
Launch Date: April 2015
Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)