Monthly Archives: November 2013

BEER HAIKU #65 #66 #67 Yeastie Boys Tea Beer Tap Takeover

Rumour to the contrary, it is not a Sign of the Apocalypse that Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar enabled a partial tap takeover by Yeastie Boys. However, the eschatonic significance of all seven brews featuring tea as an ingredient remain open to theological exegesis.

The devout Thirsties opted to immortalise three of the beers (in the sense that immortalise means ‘write a haiku about’) in haiku form.

White Noise Chamomile White Ale (4.1% ABV)

Cucumber sandwich
Downtown Abbey cricket match
Viscous lemonade

Food match: cucumber sammies obviously, fresh melon

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you need something a bit stronger than a cup of tea.

Our Turn Your Turn Linden Flower Wheat Ale (6.8% ABV) collaboration with Pretty Things

Lagoon of Belgian lace
Drizzly, Over-ripe Summer
Smelly French cheese. Pong.

Food match: washed rind French cheese, asparagus

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you’re at a pool party (J-Lo optional)

Wendy Belgian Tea Stout (6.5% ABV) collaboration with Lobethal

First strong, then silky
Metamorphous in the mouth
A trans-Tasman bitch

Food match: a Phoenician felafel, baklava with rose water, chili dogs

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you’re (pretending to be an) angry pirate…

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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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BEER HAIKU #64 Liberty/Hallertau KommisionA Pale Ale

News that Gingerbeardyman had become a father for the second time (at least second that he admits to) all but required a ceremonial wetting of the infant’s head. As fate would have it, Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar was offering as the weekly new release a collaboration between the newly cohabiting Liberty and Hallertau. KommisionA is the kind of hoppy pale that in other circumstances would bring smile to the hirsute features of the Thirsties’ token Scotsman.

Liberty/Hallertau KommisionA Pale Ale (6.0% ABV)

Hoppy happy time
For gingerbeardy baby
Lots of pineapple

Food match: Plantains with plenty of garlic, Soylent Green, beetroot salad with mandarins and toasted sesame seeds

It’s the kind of beer you drink: After a hard day’s work changing nappies.

 

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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BEER HAIKU #63 Fitzpatrick’s ESB

Since it was Melbourne Cup Day, it was inevitable that a couple of the regular crew would succumb to the lure of the ponies and unbridled speculative frenzy. For those who did make the effort to descend into Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar, there was ample compensation in the form of the second half of the Packers-Bears game* and an entirely respectable Brit style ale from balmy Tauranga, in New Zealand.

Fitzpatrick’s ESB (4.5% ABV)

Freshly baked biscuits
This body belies its strength
Cherry blossom days

Food match: Duck salad, chilli squid

It’s the kind of beer you drink when:  you’re ready for a long summer night when Daylight Savings has just begun.

* Packers lost at home. How sad, never mind.

cherry blossom days

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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BEER HAIKU #62 Moon Dog Beer from Fermenter No. 2 Imperial Amber Ale

Moon Dog’s Mummy Have a Bite is a specialty amber ale, aged in Calvados barrels. As the name may imply, it’s a bit like drinking a boozy, liquid toffee apple. For this week’s new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar, the team offered an un-Calvados-ed version with the somewhat ungainly title above. In the spirit of inquiry, the Thirsties tested it against a bottle of the commercial version.

Moon Dog Beer from Fermenter No. 2 Imperial Amber Ale (8.2% ABV)

Antiseptic bite 

Too much sugar on porridge

Tail wind numbs my buds

Food match: Aged cheddar, roast nuts, ginger creme brûlée (maybe?)
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you’re sitting around a bonfire on hipster Halloween, i.e. Day of the Dead

click for candy apple recipe

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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BEER HAIKU # 61 Mikeller Funk E * Wild Ale

With Malice secured in an undisclosed location, it was left to the genuinely hard core Thirsties to assess the latest Brett-a-riffiic new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar. Fortunately, the Ladies Auxiliary showed up in force to class up the joint.

Mikeller Funk E * Wild Ale (9.4% ABV)

Sweet rustic silage

Pencil shavings in soy sauce

Rode hard, put up wet

Food match: Roast beef with bearnaise, mushrooms and creme fraiche on toast
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: Thinking about Peter Rabbit and Lady Chatterly.

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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