Monthly Archives: December 2013


There is some amazing effort going into presenting and marketing craft beers. Beer label design is getting as artsy and crafty as the brewers and the beers they sell. Among the growing local and international beer selections in your local store or bar, awesomely designed labels have the job of making you see the beers, buy the beers and then drink the beers.

In no particular order, here are five tap/bottle labels that impressed the Thirsties and friends in 2013…

Speakeasy Prohibition Ale (Speakeasy Ales and Lagers)

an American style amber ale

“Look at it…it has all the elements right there…” The proprietor

Remedy Deebles Pale Ale (Remedy Brewing Co.)

The 2012 SOBA National Homebrewing Competition- Champion beer ( we consumed it, haiku-ed it and enjoyed it in Sept 2013)

“Evocative old time theming – it’s for the hop deficient and apparently guaranteed to be absolutely genuine…” Malice

Hops on Pointe (Garage Project)

Brewed to celebrate the world’s first ‘Beer Ballet’ called Bier Halle performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet

“simple and elegant, the font has some of the sinuousity of the dance” jesuit


Pinky and the Grain (Funk Estate)

This 8.8% Saison is brewed with pink peppercorns…

“the great naming, the cute design…” unnamed hospitality worker


Wendy (Yeastie Boys/Lobethal)

a Belgian tea stout – haiku-ed

“I like dogs…I like the combination of a cute little dog and a stupid name…” ladypiemaker

“It makes me smile inside..”GLB

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BEER HAIKU #68 #69 Baird Country Girl Kabocha Ale and Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale

And Lo it came to pass that, two and a half weeks after Thanksgiving, Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar offered an opportunity to compare two squash based beers from Japan and the United States respectively.

We tried both. As Malice would say, “It would be rude not to”.

Baird Country Girl Kabocha* Ale (5.8% ABV)

Gentle waves of foam
Is there a little Dolly
In there? All Hallows’

* Kabocha are familiar to New Zealanders as those green skinned pumpkins your parents used to buy on the side of the road.
Food match: cheese and bacon bread, porchetta, aged cheddar
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: You need another vegetable to add to your food diary.


Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale (5.6% ABV)

More potato sack
Than pumpkin patch – brown sugar
A touch of cinnamon

Food match: Pancakes, cheesecake,

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you need dessert in a glass

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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Greasy’s Greatest Hits a/k/a No New Release Tuesday

A day after his hemmity-hemth birthday, Greasylightbulb was joined by a gaggle of his most tolerated accomplices* to memorialise his efforts at documenting the local and international craft beer scene. Click on the links (BOLDED)...


BEER AND CURRY:  self explanatory


A NIGHT OF OLD GASH- ALLAGASH BREWING OF PORTLAND MAINE: The theme of the evening was the beers of Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine. This brewery founded in 1995 specialises in providing a distinctly American twist on traditional Belgian styles.

The Thirsty Boys June 2013

VALUE BEERS: A blind tasting with a mix of beers to challenge preconceptions, possibly find impressive cheaper beers, and to get people to think objectively about beers and how much they are worth.

bar ed 2

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES: BAR EDWARD: a review of the wellington establishment part of series of short reviews of bars, breweries and beer drinking venues from across the archipelago.

If you feel so inspired, we urge you to raise a pint of Northend ESB, the mighty Lightbulb’s favourite new beer of 2013. Per the birthday boy himself, this gloriously fresh, moreish fusion between Old World and New World ingredients will surely float your boat.

Normal service, including haiku, will resume next week. Probably. We think.

* Malice, Gingerbeardyman, Troughboy, the Lady Piemaker, The Little One and The Jesuit

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