8 WIRED, LOKOMOTIV MERLOT
The nice brewers at 8-Wired Brewery released a whopper of a beer this year. Lokomotiv is one of those beers that stops you in your tracks. There is nothing else you can do but sit down, look over and over the label, smell, sip, smell, sip, think. It is a life-changing beer. An epiphany beer. This stout is aged in Hawke’s Bay merlot barrels for a year giving big roasted flavours which are rounded out with rich berry notes. It’s no wonder the Lokomotiv took home the Brewer’s Guild Trophy Award 2018 in the woodaged category.