Monthly Archives: March 2015


Location: 30 Arthur Street, between Taranaki Street and Cuba Street), Wellington, New Zealand.


Ambience: Pub-Industrial. Lots of exposed brick and refinished timber plus copper and stainless steel brewing equipment.


Beer selection: The offer is largely confined to the Tuatara range, along with the odd Cider and a guest tap (on this occasion Choice Bros’ Modern Love).



Food: House snacks include nuts, olives, and something called bacon nut spread. Toasted sandwiches and other grilled delicacies are provided by Goose Shack of Berhampore.


Service: The venue is run by the legendary Scott Boswell with assistance from Funk Estate maestro Shiggy (ex-Hashigo Zake) and various others. As we expected, the staff are knowledgable and friendly without exception.


Clientele: Given the proximity to two Universities, there was a surprising lack of students and a preponderance of business dudes when we visited. This may or may not represent a trend.

IMG_2536This is the sort of place: you can watch commuters in mid-existential crisis at the start of the urban motorway.


Special features: A Spartan beer garden where the furniture appears to be made from repurposed pallets. Could be inviting in the right weather. Could be quite jolly at night. Also.

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A Beer Postcard from Marseilles – Fietje, Cave à bières

One of the Thirstyboys recently had the opportunity to visit Marseilles on the south coast of France. They had craft beer there…


According to our French craft beer advisors, the term Fietje is an onomatopoeia, and has been coined to mean the sound of beer can at the moment you open it.


A feature of this bar is a unsealed brick wall and the lighting. The building dates at least to the 1700s,… the recycled crates are more recent.


Weissbier was one of several styles on offer. The beer menu is presented on transparent glass or acrylic sheets set out from the feature brick wall.


The tap beers change regularly…


There is even special glassware for readers of the French language…


Dogs are allowed…especially when they match the decor.


This bar is located on a quiet back street – the kind of street you’d meet a character played by Jean Reno if you were in a movie called Ronin…and there is outdoor seating for a chilly February evening. Worth a visit for the atmosphere, the setting, and of course the bieres.

Check out Fietje, Cave à bières


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THE LAST BEER HAIKU #100 Garage Project – Hop Trial 2

As a better poet than us – Rudyard Kipling – once wrote, ‘last, loneliest, loveliest’. Of course, Kipling was writing about turn of the twentieth century Auckland, then farthest bastion of Empire. We only ever write about beer though but this may be the loneliest, certainly not the loveliest, but definitely the last in our haiku series. We will provide a follow up on the reasons for abandoning this beloved feature. In the meantime, it is almost poetic that our last haiku beer albeit not our last Tuesday night new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar is a brand new experimental effort from perennial haiku muses, Garage Project.

Garage Project HopTrial #2 Imperial IPA (8.5%ABV)

Lips oozing whispers

Licks every precious grass

Consumed her body*

* this haiku was generated entirely using Malice’s Haikubes. No synapses were injured in the process.

Food match: pickled eggs, mushy peas with malt vinegar & tommy sauce

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you’ve done the same thing a hundred times!


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 #98 Nøgne and Bridge Road Brewers #99 Mash Brewery

#98 Aurora Borealis II

This new release at Hashigozake Cult Beer Bar  was the product of a regular transglobal collaboration between hip Norwegian brewmeisters Nøgne Ø and Bridge Road Brewers from Beechworth, Ned Kelly’s hometown  in Australia. These guys do their work in each others countries then ship the product to the other side of the world while apparently barrel-aging it at the same time. As a Belgian triple aged in cognac barrels, it promised to tantalise our palettes while we contemplated the non-appearance of the Thirstyboys founding member, the reaperesque Jesuit. He was off getting measured for some long black gloves or possibly burying some alleged evidence.

Aurora Borealis II – barrel aged triple (9.11%ABV)

Secrets revealed

Viscous luminosity

It’s not for children

Food match: no food, this is a cigar beer.

It’s the kind of beer you have in… adult situations.


#99 Mash Copycat American IPA

Another week, another award-winning Australian beer on new release at Hashigozake Cult Beer Bar. Mash Brewery makes another appearance (although we failed to document their first Wellington showing earlier in the month) with a hopped up pale ale of bracing strength.

 Mash Copycat American IPA (6.8% ABV)

Gale force nor’ wester

Smokey, brown sugar, sour heart

Fat as Basie’s band

Food match: red snapper sashimi, file gumbo.

It’s the kind of beer you drink: Upon the return of the prodigal Ginger.

IMG_1906 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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