Producing liquid magic
IN AN unassuming Grey Lynn warehouse behind a line of factories, Andrew Peacocke creates liquid magic.
Within these walls the qualified master brewer creates his Governor lager.
Peacocke takes his beer very seriously and is well on his way to creating the perfect Munich lager.
‘‘Governor is about the fermentation. We bring the yeast in from Munich which produces a cleaner flavour.
‘‘The flavour is all about the fermentation, and that’s the premium lager – it’s clean and smooth and made to be consumed in a session.’’
Peacocke completed his brewing apprenticeship in a 400-year-old brewery in Munich and prides himself on creating authentic German beer.
‘‘It has evolved over centuries and it is part of their staple diet.
‘‘They didn’t have oranges and lemons, the Emperors may have had wine but the folk didn’t, so bread, sausage and beer was their staple diet and that is reflected in the way the lager is brewed.’’
Peacocke has a bachelor in brewing science and has worked in both the Guinness and Stella Artois breweries.
‘‘Stella was great; it is at the centre of a very old town and is steeped in tradition, at the same time it’s very modern and innovative.’’
While his beer has German roots, local is a concept that Peacocke holds dear. The name Governor is a subtle nod to Grey Lynn, which was named after Governor George Grey.
‘‘You need decent roots. I think that’s the culture of a brewery; it’s part of the wider community.
‘‘Once you’ve established yourself as a local brewer then you can look at going national.’’
Governor Lager will be in the mix at this year’s Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards taking place in Wellington tomorrow night.
Now in its eighth year, more than 670 beers from 82 breweries were nominated across 15 beer categories with a total of 72 breweries from New Zealand.
There are 16 Auckland breweries entered.
‘‘Beer brewing has exploded in recent times – amongst hobbyists and professional brewers alike,’’ Brewers Guild chairman Craig Bowen says.
‘‘These awards are the epitome of the $2.2 billion beer industry, and reward those who are especially talented at brewing quality beer.’’
All beer entries will be rated against a style guide for each category for its aroma, colour, bitterness, flavour and presentation.
With the rise of craft beer consumers now have a huge range of choice when it comes to selecting a fine drop, something that Peacocke thinks is a great thing.
‘‘The main benefit of having more choice is that you’re closer to the suppliers, it’s not so much about advertising and marketing, it’s just a local fresh product and that’s what beer should be,’’ he says.
Liquid gold: Andrew Peacocke with a freshly poured Governor lager.