Monthly Archives: May 2014

BEER HAIKU #82 #83 #84

#84 Mikkeller Spontanale Flat Gueze

It’s been a while since Danish brewing mastermind Mikkeller was featured as the new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar. On this occasion, the beer in question was the uncarbonated version of a Belgian sour ale which has also been produced in ‘fizzy’ and ‘really fizzy’ editions.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to compare and contrast all three versions but generally speaking a little Gueze can go a long way.

Mikkeller Spontanale Flat Gueze (4% ABV)

Easter Bunny’s late

Much zest but no sweetness here

Tamarillo sour

Food match: Brazil nuts, asparagus spears with a little oil, green beans with chives

It’s the kind of beer you drink: Between public holidays.


#83 Left Coast Coral Reef Imperial Red Ale

It’s not often that we encounter an Imperial Red Ale. According to Ryan from Beer Without Borders (sister company of Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar), t’s more like an intense ESB. Greasylightbulb suggested that there was a bit of a barley wine quality at work. Too. Also.

Left Coast Coral Reef Imperial Red Ale (11% ABV)

Healthy hue belies

Sugar, fat, other things bad

Imperial Fall

Food match: Apple pie, bread & butter pudding, porridge

It’s the kind of beer you drink: When lamenting the results of your home brewing efforts.

#82 Fitzpatrick’s Witbier (4.8% ABV)

There’s more to Tauranga than kiwi fruit, Winston Peters, and old people. Among the positives are the Tauranga Art Gallery and nano-brewer Fitzpatrick’s. This week Hashigo Zake Cult Beer presented as it’s weekly new release, Fitzpatrick’s first attempt at a witbier, infused we are told with coriander and kaffir lime.

Fitzpatrick’s Witbier (4.8% ABV)

Gran’s geraniums

Hoppy liquid wheat harvest

Harsh autumn showers

Food match: pretzels, cocktail onions

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you drink across the spectrum



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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