Archive for July, 2010

Emerson’s Week at Regional

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

It is Emerson’s Week at Regional Wines and Spirits this week. One of the highlights is the release of Regional Special Bitter on Friday at 5pm. RSB was brewed by Kieran Haslett-Moore and Richard Emerson at Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin based on an ESB recipe that Kieran brews at home in Brooklyn. It’s getting late so I’m just going to link to Kieran’s reports on the brew days: day one, day two, and day three. I promise there will be photographs tomorrow. In the meantime here is a movie of the brew day put together by Kieran.

I’m predicting that RSB is going to be tasting fine so get in quick with your half-Gs to the fill-your-own on Friday. It’s not going to last long.

Founders – Meet the Brewer

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

From 5pm tonight, Monday July 5, Matt Duncan of Founders, will be at Hashigo Zake offering a free taste of one of their beers. See you there.


John Duncan checks the clarity of the beer after filtering


Two generations of brewers: Callum, Matt, and John Duncan.

Photography and RSB

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

I have added a new Gallery section to the website. It is very basic at the moment but will evolve over time as I decide how to best display the photographs. For now you can see photos from my visits to The Mussel Inn, Harrington’s, and Three Boys, plus my photos from the Epic Thornbridge Stout brew day.

I have a backlog of photos to add to the gallery including some from a recent visit to Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin. I tagged along with Kieran Haslett-Moore, Regional Wines and Spirits’ beer specialist, who was brewing a special beer with Richard Emerson. And not just any special beer but an Extra Special Bitter. The beer, named Regional Special Bitter, will be launched at Regional Wines and Spirits at 5:00pm on Friday July 23, 2010.

Here’s Kieran giving the mash a bit of a stir after the hot water was added, as Richard Emerson looks on.

This photo still needs some tweaking. It is a great demonstration of one of the reasons I dislike both photographing in colour and using a flash: everything has a tinge of red caused by the light of my flash bouncing off a red girder above the camera. I have a strong suspicion that the final version may end up black and white.