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Lim­ited­pro­duc­tion Moun­tain Ale not pale but very pop­u­lar

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GLENORCHY land devel­op­ment engi­neer Steve Hew­land spends one day a week brew­ing in his small brew­ery at home — and in­tends keep­ing pro­duc­tion small and sales lo­cal.

His Glenorchy Brew Co range is a red IPA, pil­sner, lager and a pale ale called Moun­tain Ale, which is the only one I have tasted. It is far from a ‘‘pale’’ ale, though, with heaps of malt and hop flavour and a lovely head, which is eas­ily re­freshed with a quick swirl of the glass.

Most of the pro­duc­tion is in kegs, which go into in Glenorchy, Queen­stown and

Ar­row­town, but the Moun­tain ale (500ml) and pil­sner (330ml) are bot­tled and avail­able lo­cally and fur­ther down Lake Wakatipu at Fern­hill

Gro­cery and Fresh Choice in Queen­stown and Henry’s in Frank­ton.

Steve tried the recipe for the Moun­tain ale at a mate’s brew plant a cou­ple of years ago. He took it back to Glenorchy and found great lo­cal sup­port for it: three kegs were ‘‘knocked off’’ the first night and the other five sold within three weeks.

He started brew­ing the ale at home in the evening and at week­ends and a year ago in­stalled a 1000­litre plant and ex­panded the range by de­vot­ing one day week to brew­ing.

The used bar­ley is fed to the pigs and sheep on his life­style block and the waste­water goes into sum­mer ir­ri­ga­tion.

More on nec­taron

My pre­vi­ous col­umn re­vealed a new hop, called nec­taron, that has been de­vel­oped and which has ex­cited brew­ers.

Not much was har­vested in March: just enough to go into small batches, which sold quickly. I heard that there were a few cans of Be­he­moth Me Time nec­taron sin­gle hop hazy IPA 30km away — and I jumped into the car . . .

And, yes, it is ev­ery­thing they say about it, with in­tense stone­fruit aroma and flavour.

Be­he­moth owner/brewer Andrew Childs says it is the best New Zealand hop de­vel­oped since Nel­son sauvin in 2000.

Me Time is a se­ries of sin­gle hop ales made by Be­he­moth (Me Time Mo­saic was the cham­pion IPA at last year’s Brew­ers Guild awards). Alas, we will have to wait un­til mid­2021 for more nec­taron brews.

Nah. It’s not beer

Beer is more than 90% wa­ter. Sparkling min­eral wa­ter is nat­u­ral bub­bly spring wa­ter. ‘‘Seltzer’’ is car­bon­ated wa­ter (what you do at home with a So­daStream). Or, if you add flavours, it is ‘‘soft drink’’.

Seltzer, it seems, is now also beer: beer that looks like wa­ter, but is al­co­holic (5%); beer that is wa­tery ex­cept for a hint of lime, rasp­berry, wa­ter­melon and straw­berry, mango and pas­sion­fruit and pineap­ple.

DB Brew­eries has launched the four flavours. Why? Be­cause it is all the rage in the United States where sales of these things al­most tripled in value last year.

They come as Pure Pi­rana — a new Heineken (which owns DB) la­bel — and DB’s own Club Set­ter. Pi­rana is about $25 a 10­pack; Club Set­ter about $27.

Covid ca­su­al­ties

Beer com­pe­ti­tions around the world have been can­celled be­cause of Covid­19.

Among them last month’s Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Beer Awards (draw­ing about 4000 en­tries from 400 brew­eries) and this month’s Brew­ers Guild awards (nearly 1000 beers and ciders) here in New Zealand.

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