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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