Monthly Archives: June 2014

BEER HAIKU #85 #86 #87 Ballast Point (USA) and Mikkeller (Denmark)

#87 Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin IPA

It’s to be hoped that anyone reading these expostulations is at least passingly familiar with Ballast Point’s iconic Sculpin IPA. This week, Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar is offering as their weekly new release a remastered version, strongly infused with habanero chillies.

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin IPA (7.0 ABV)

Scorching tropic fruit

Cold fires of Scotsman’s soul

Ginger Morrissey

Food match: coconut rice, kale bruschetta

It’s the kind of beer drink: when you’re one of the scorpion fancying villains in Diamonds Are Forever.

#86 Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale

California’s redoubtable Ballast Point has produced a sessionable pale ale featuring two newish varieties of hop, US Calypso and New Zealand Mosaic. Given that last Tuesday, brisk Northerly notwithstanding, was moderately balmy by the standards of Wellington in early May, the Grunion made an apt choice for Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar’s weekly new release.

Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale (5.5% ABV)

Rich amber toffee

Disco fanny in a glass

Boreal smoke, tar

Food match: Reuben sandwich, orange cake

It’s the kind of beer you drink when:  There’s death metal playing in the background but you’d rather be at Boogie Wonderland.

#85 Mikkeller Monk’s Elixir Belgian Quadrupel

Expectations were high for this week’s new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar. Mikkeller Monk’s Elixir has elicited favourable comparisons to the outputs of the great Trappist breweries Rochefort and Westvleteren. Given that The Thirsty Boys almost uniformly experienced something close to Epiphany when we tasted Westvleteren 12 some years ago (see the very first posting on this blog), we were looking for something similar.

Mikkeller Monk’s Elixir Belgian Quadrupel (10% ABV)

Want Winter shelter?

Drunken plums on porter cake

Kids in candy shop

Food match: beef cheeks on cauliflower mash, venison with jus, custard

It’s the kind of beer you drink: when you deserve a Mikkellerva treat


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