There was trepidation as the Thirstyboy haiku writers gathered at the culturally appropriate Hashigo Zake – cult beer bar for the release of Garage Project’s Bastard Rye. Friendly interlopers Kate and Claire also joined the table. Claire opted out of ordering her preferred wine, in favour of this curiously fruity temptation. According to the Garage Project blog, this beer caused the brewers great angst in its creation. I guess this was part of its appeal as well as the inspiration for its name. Sometimes when you get the better of a challenging task it’s good to say something like “I knocked the bastard off!” or “that was a bastard!” If someone gets the better of you, one will often politely refer to them as “bastard” or “the bastard!” As regular readers will know, we appreciate the experimentation and struggle that Garage Project subjects itself to…they are “good bastards” you might say. Anyway, this brew is distinctive… but there is something strangely familiar in its character. There is actually a bit going on here. The aroma of the Bastard Rye takes a moment to tune into, until you sip a bit, and the senses start working together. Kate’s reaction was “Oh, wow, yeah!” The gingerbearded man looked a couple of us in the eye and in his best submarine captain’s tone said “That’s dangerous!” As he and the Jesuit observed, the initial raspberry bubblegum character gradually gives way to more complex flavours. The brew starts sweet and increases in bitterness as it is savoured. It is very drinkable, in fact deceptively so, but at 11% a pint will either wake you up or knock you out…it is a potential bastard of a beer!
Garage Project Bastard Rye with Raspberry
Creamy raspberry cheesecake
Food matches: Steak with jus or Moroccan tagine with dried fruits, maybe even a citrus sorbet
LINK to the brewing of bastard rye: http://garageproject.co.nz/
n. pl. haiku also hai·kus
1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A poem written in this form.