NZ Life & Leisure - - That’s The Spirit -

Kirsten mar­ried Bruce Turner in his Auck­land brew­ery and tast­ing room in Feb­ru­ary this year. To cel­e­brate, Bruce brewed a cham­pagne pil­sner he called Thirsty Kirsty. “We went through quite a num­ber of kegs at the wed­ding,” Bruce says. Urbanaut, which Bruce owns with two school­mates, Si­mon Wat­son and Thomas Rowe, has six core beers with a new of­fer­ing every month to feed con­sumers’ taste for some­thing new. “Sum­mer is pil­sner and sour beer sea­son, and be­cause the cham­pagne pil­sner did so well at our wed­ding, I thought I’d re-brew it for re­lease in Novem­ber,” Bruce says. “It’s a stronger-than-usual pil­sner with cham­pagne yeast added at the end to fin­ish off the re­main­ing sugar. The cham­pagne yeast im­parts a white wine-like flavour in a dry, highly car­bon­ated, cham­pagne-like beer,” he says. This time Kirsten doesn’t get nam­ing rights – the beer’s sold as Le Marais Cham­pagne Pil­sner. For more about Urbanaut and its Kings­land tast­ing room, see thisnzlife.co.nz LOM­BARD LANE The lat­est in the move to jazz up Welling­ton’s streets, Lom­bard Lane has been trans­formed from a slightly seedy side street to a chic shop­ping desti­na­tion. Lom­bard Lane — which runs be­tween Bond and Man­ners Streets — fea­tures the New York-style deli, Pickle and Pie, café La­ma­son, fash­ion de­signer Deryn Sch­midt, gin bar and dis­tillery Den­zien, St Fabi­ola and other re­tail­ers yet to come. “There’s al­ways the is­sue of get­ting foot traf­fic through, but it’s go­ing to be a cool lit­tle com­mu­nity that will de­velop over time,” says Kirsten.

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