BEER HAIKU # 25 Lola – Sour Cherry Cola Rye Ale by Garage Project

Hashigo zake Cult Beer bar – new release Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The latest tantalising offering from Garage Project was based on their Bastard Rye which we haiku’d a couple of weeks ago. They soured up this version and gave it some cherry. There were mixed reactions round the haiku table from “Oooh that’s weird!” to “This is like drinking a cocktail except it’s a beer!”. After some contemplation, someone stroked their beard and suggested it tasted like “sour morello with a little marzipan” another said “lemoncello!”.

The food matches we came up with were venison, wild pork, pigs ears, goats cheese crouton, or lemonade apples. This definitely a “hot day beer” the type of beer you’d reach for on Christmas day, somewhere in the southern hemisphere. This dopplegangerish beer will show up again in coming months. This is our first bilingual haiku in English and te reo Maori.

Lola – Sour Cherry Cola Rye Ale

Garage Project

Day light saving time

Inumia te kawa (drink the sour)

Ray Davies folly

Māui tū te wā*

Inumia te kawa (drink the sour)

Rori Ray Davies

*literally, Māui stops time (daylight savings)

LINK: To discover the connection this beer has with music and cats please visit:

hai·ku (hk)

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.

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