Pro­duc­ing liq­uid magic

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

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.

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