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Haze Jumper – 5.4% Juicy Pale Ale

The Fork & Brewer team have an unwarranted reputation for holding apathetic views towards hazy beers and the craze around it. These rumors are only partially untrue. Proving otherwise is the newest beer release, Haze Jumper. A 5.4% Juicy Pale Ale. And to be fair, this one isn't bad, for a hazy. A robust , creamy white head atop a juicy appearance. Piney, citrus notes on the nose. On first sip, you get tropical notes of mangoes and papaya followed by a subtle bitterness from the Riwaka & Citra hops. A smooth, malty finish to round it all out.

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Little Forker Release: Uptown Brown 4.2% English Brown Ale

A new delicious Little Forker of the hand pull variety is now pouring: Uptown Brown 4.2% English Brown Ale! A really tasty, malt-led style, made all the better by the exquisite West Yorkshire Ale yeast. Really cool to try this side by side when Bit A is on handpull, as the main difference between the two is the yeast strain! Uptown Brown English Brown Ale Tasting Notes Appearance - Rich brown with an off white head Aroma - A combination of fruit and chocolate on the nose, with hints of Turkish Delight, a waft of spice and some dark plum...

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Little Forker Release: Work in Progress 3% Juicy Ale

We’ve seen a lot of insanity over the last few weeks. Things we never thought we’d ever see in our lifetime. New Zealand coming to a standstill. Trump press conferences/medical advice. McDonald’s-induced traffic jams.  Well, hold onto your lockdown pints and get ready for another wild ride. Because Kelly Ryan has brewed a hazy beer: new Little Forker small batch release, Work in Progress 3% Juicy Ale.  He wants to preface this by saying he’s not selling out. He’s not setting a precedent. But Level 3-4 lyf brought about a degree of introspection, previously, er, cloudied by brewing 41 other...

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Four & Twenty – 7.2% Blackberry & Hemp Sour Ale

Four & Twenty 7.2% Blackberry & Hemp Sour Ale is Fork's newest release just in time for April 20 (think about it....). It's also a great drop for our vegan friends! Brewer, Kelly Ryan's mind got a-buzzin' (legally, of course), when a load of blackberry juice came available to him. He thought it would make a fantastic addition to a sour beer, wanting to emulate a tart pie in beer form. He worked up a moreish recipe, taking inspiration from a combo of the childhood jingle (you know the one: "Sing-a-song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and...

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Methode in Madness 7.5% Brut IPA

What is dry, but also wet? This! Effervescent, bright, bubbly with a lovely dry finish - Méthode in Madness 7.5% Brut IPA is another deviation from the classic English or American variety. The Brut IPA recently originated on the West Coast of the USA as a bit of a counterpoint to the juicy or hazy pale ales and IPAs that have begun to dominate the marketplace. Brut refers to the fact that these beers have little or no residual sugar. Méthode in Madness was fermented using a special alcohol tolerant yeast strain that also contains a special enzyme that helps to break down any of the complex...

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Hardpour Corn 4.5% Amaizing Lager

Hardpour Corn 4.5% Amaizing Lager - it's not safe for work... but safe for after work drinks! A clean, pale, refreshing Lager brewed with flaked maize, this beer is also a hard example of Fork Brewing's unyielding partiality to puns. In Kelly's time at Fork Brewing, Golden Mile has slowly evolved away from a New Zealand hopped Helles (Pale) Lager and he's tried to make it more like its German Helles namesake, albeit with a little more hopping! "It has meant there is a little hole in the range for a nice, clean, crisp lager with a little more hop...

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Saison de Citra 5.0% Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale

Saison de Citra 5.0% Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale is a brew, which trialled a Belgian Saison strain of yeast supplied by international brewers yeast company, Fermentis. Last year, Fork Brewing brewer, Kelly Ryan, was invited to Adelaide to speak at the Australian Craft Brewers Conference about the use of trial hop varieties in the brewery (along with Dr. Ron Beatson of NZ Plant & Food Research, NZ's very own hop growing legend!). The Fermentis Yeast Sales Director for Asia Pacific, Jo Pitt, happened to be at the seminar and contacted Kelly to look into doing some yeast trials for Fermentis and...

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Florapalooza 7.2% NZ Flower Hopped IPA

Don't ever say we never give you flowers. Emerson's Brewery and Fork Brewing collab brew, Florapalooza 7.2% NZ Flower Hopped IPA, is a harmony of NZ dried hop flowers, used in both the kettle and dry hop stage - and it's now on tap!  You don't need to give the brewers of Emerson's and Fork much of an excuse to come together for a bit of a brew jolly, but in this case there was an assignment behind the brew day. Malthouse turns a big 25-years-old this year, and is celebrating with Project Silver, a year-long tap takeover series, which features a NZ brewery...

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Ma is White 5.4% Belgian Witbier

Everyone (who went to primary school in NZ) knows the Maori colour song, which kicks off with, 'Ma is white'... Well, Fork Brewing has taken inspiration from that little ditty to create Ma is White 5.4% Belgian Witbier - with a distinctly New Zealand twist. Belgian Witbier (think Hoegaarden) is a type of wheat beer that traditionally has orange peel and coriander seeds added to give a subtle citrus and spice character. Says Kelly: "I'm a big fan of a couple of our indigenous herbs, Horopito (Mountain Pepper) and Kawakawa (in the pepper family and a cuzzy of the herb used...

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Bit A 4.1% English Pale Ale

We're kicking off 2018 with a new Fork Brewing release - Bit A 4.1% English Pale Ale! This new brew takes its inspiration from the ridiculously drinkable English Pale Ales (or Bitters) from the UK. They're often termed 'Ordinary Bitters' when judging this class of beer, but they are far from ordinary and far from bitter! (Kelly has decided to call it an English Pale Ale as it seems to have more appeal when it isn't referred to as 'Bitter'). "Inspiration from this beer has come from multiple sources," says Kelly. "First mention has to go to Emerson's Bookbinder. This...

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