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DRAFT 3.8% Classic NZ Draught

This is Fork Brewing's first Fork Brews release for 2016! And it may boggle the hoppy heads of craft boffins, who may just be getting over the shock of witnessing currently circulating historical images of Kelly Ryan dressed in, and canoodling with, Tui paraphernalia. For this year's first beer release is a meta, reverse psychology, walk down memory lane called DRAFT, a 3.8% classic NZ Draught Lager. "By default, this was the very first style of beer that I brewed in my life was when I was at DB Breweries working at Tui," says Kelly. "I've been brewing now for 15...

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Fork Brewing releases Champion Pale Ale for debut bottled beer

Fork Brewing releases Champion Pale Ale for debut bottled beer Fork Brewing has debuted its first bottled beer, with the release of our champion 5.9% Pale Ale Godzone Beat in 500ml bottles. Godzone Beat topped more than 50 entries in the Pale Ale category at the 2015 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards to take out the Champion Pale Ale Trophy last September. Colin Mallon, Operations guy of Fork & Brewer (the home of Fork Brewing), said Godzone Beat's win sparked the move into bottling its beer. "It's a natural progression in the evolution of Fork Brewing, and we're hoping...

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Gold Medal Famous 4.9% Aotearoa Golden Ale

Fork Brewing's first release of 2016 is a bit of a pseudo-release: a 4.9% Aotearoa Golden Ale that is a reincarnation of the original Gold Medal Famous, the first-ever beer brewed and released by Fork Brewing (way back in the heady days of 2012). The re-release of this Golden Ale (which took its name from a local band) has been given the Kelly Ryan treatment with a Kiwi reinterpretation that saw him Houdini the recipe, swapping out previously-used English hops in favour of local ones. "The original Gold Medal Famous was a proper English Golden Ale, whereas this version is...

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Sourbet 3.7% Raspberry & Lemon Berliner Weisse

Kelly has made no secret of the fact that brewers are a selfish lot. By his own admission, they generally tend to brew beers they like to drink. And Kelly's love of all things tart translates in his brewing. With a Passionfruit and Juniper Sour and Yoghurt and Bruesli all ticked off, the next challenge was Berliner Weisse. So…. Kel brewed a Raspberry Sourbet! (Go back, and read the following sentence to the tune of Prince's "Raspberry Beret".) Sourbet is a 3.7% Raspberry & Lemon Berliner Weisse-style beer, a German sour ale style, skewed with the addition of a raspberry...

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Shadow Majestic 4.0% Pacific Milk Stout

This is likely to be our last Fork Brews release of 2015 - so do join us before the silly season kicks in and starts becoming a marathon/chore! Fork Brewing's final new brew for 2015 is a 4.0% Pacific Milk Stout. Its name partly pays homage to Wellington's most horizon-infiltrating edifice, the Majestic Building: close neighbour of Fork Brewing, and in the shadow of which Fork lies, await, for weary office workers that pour forth from its sliding doors at the end of a long day. For whatever reason, there's a common belief that dark beers are for winter months...

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Little Forker Release: Fire & Freckles – 3.2% Ginger, Smoke & Milk Sugar Belgian Table Beer

Fire & Freckles was a bit of a twist on the Belgian Table Beer style, and came about as a bit of a happy accident. Belgian Table Beers are traditionally quite low in strength - often 1-2% - and imbued characteristic Belgian yeast notes: fruity esters, clove-like phenols and other such aromatics. This Ginger, Smoke & Milk Sugar Belgian Table Beer is 3.2% and (here's where the happy accident takes place) fermented with four different yeast strains. The original yeast added to the brew was a blend of Belgian Trappist High Gravity yeast and Bavarian Wheat Blend, a combination of German...

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Fork Brewing, Burning Sky Brewing & Wild Beer Co. Collab – Shnoodlepip 6.5% Passionfruit, Pink Peppercorn & Hibiscus Saison

Fork & Brewer has received a very special delivery of beer, par avion from the Motherland! Three kegs of a limited release annual brew, which is a long-standing collaboration between our very own brewer, Kelly Ryan, Burning Sky Brewery and Wild Beer Co. Shnoodlepip, is a refreshing 6.5% Passionfruit, Pink Peppercorn and Hibiscus Saison, and for those not au fait with Old Blighty colloquialisms, the name is indicative of a British warm-fuzzy; something that is "good".  The success of its first rendition in 2013 resulted in a 2014 re-brew, and again in 2015, which has currently made its way onto...

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Tainted Love – Passionfruit & Juniper Yoghurt Sour

This week's Fork Brewing (re)release is Tainted Love, a come-hither 6.2% Passionfruit & Juniper Yoghurt Sour with double the passion. (Hits play on cassette player, cueing an all-too-familiar 80s synth riff.) But unlike the original heartache anthem that lends its title to this beer, we ensure there will be all sorts of running to it, and no running from it. The brewer says it's a "genre-bending beer", but as those who have dallied in one of Fork’s house faves, Yoghurt and Bruesli Sour, you'll see there's a bit of a puckish pattern going on here with the yoghurt/sour combo... Fork...

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Fork Brewing & The Grainfather Collab: Three Times the Man Triple Manuka Dubbel Weizenbock

In the apocalyptic aftermath that was post-Beervana, Kelly met up with his old brewing chum from Thornbridge days, James Kemp, of The Grainfather fame, who was in Wellington for a few Beervana guest appearances and other sundry beer collabs, including one with Fork Brewing.  Kelly has previously said that he and JK brew well together, and this resultant collab brew indicates he is not merely paying lip service to his old brew buddy. The outcome is a massive Belgian Dubbel/German Weizenbock hybrid, packed with Manuka Smoked Malt, Manuka Leaves and Manuka Honey and weighing in at 11%. It shouts treacle and wispy barbecue smoke followed by...

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Fork Brewing & Breakside Brewery Collab: ORE India Golden Ale

There's been a bit of a long, anticipated run up to this week's release of ORE, the ostentatiously hoppy 9% India Golden Ale that was the resultant love brew between two spirit brewers.  Brewed way back in the early, heady days of August, when everyone was still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the lead up to Beervana, ORE was a collaboration between Fork Brewing and Breakside Brewery as part of Beervana’s Portland Brewers exchange. This was the second year in a row where Kelly was paired up with a Portland brewer (last year, having joined forces with Gigantic Brewing's, Ben Love, to brew...

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