Archive for April, 2012

X-Ale

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Last Saturday the team from Hashigo Zake put on another excellent beer festival. X-Ale, a showcase of extreme beers from NZ and around the world, was attended by a small but excited group of beer-lovers with adventurous palettes. In a field of beers where Liberty Summ!t was considered rather mundane there were plenty of challenging tastes for everyone, from chili beers to smoked beers, sours to mighty strong ales. The finger food was simple and delicious – someone commented that it was like being at a party at someone’s house. Such a great atmosphere and the crew from Hashigo Zake and the three Matts from Parrot Bog brewery were great hosts.

The pick of the festival for me was the Hallertau Funkonnay. Such great balance – the malt, oak, and sourness worked so well together. It’s also a great name: a portmanteau word that perfectly describes the beer, plus a pun all in one.