Category Archives: Haiku

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!

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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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LOST BEER HAIKU (#97 FROM MAY 2014) : Parrotdog Devil Bird Belgian Golden Strong Ale

Local heroes, Parrotdog make a rare appearance as the latest new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer. On this occasion, we were presented with a handsomely proportioned but boozy Golden Ale in the Flemish mode.

Parrotdog Devil Bird Belgian Golden Strong Ale (8.4% ABV)

Tonic for winter

Woes – Peach schnapps, champagne cocktail

Gloriana’s gold

Food match: prawn toast, frivolous canapés, Gouda, maasdam

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: life is good and anything is possible

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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 #96 Adroit Theory Love of the Damned Old Ale

We’ve known some people to describe Emerson’s now discontinued Old 95 as an Old Ale but it’s an uncommon style, especially outside the Old World. However, it is a style that brings to mind Vikings, brigands, and all manner of Conan-era skullduggery. In that sense, the Old Ale lines up pretty well with Adroit Theory’s Metalhead brand identity. Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar has now brought us a few of AT’s happy experiments within their weekly new release series, and they’re becoming an increasingly welcome semi-fixture.

Adroit Theory Love of the Damned Old Ale (9.5% ABV)

Hair metal ballad,

Romantic Winter beer for

A Summer ev’ning

Food match: aged cheddar on gingerbread, Shropshire Blue

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: reading vintage Australian lad mags

adroit

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 #95 Young Henry’s Hop Ale IPA

The Great Australian Beer Marooning of 2014 may have adversely impacted on this year’s Beervana but that apparent debacle (the Marooning; not Beervana) has had some positive consequence. After last week’s Western Australian Imperial Brown Ale, Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar has now brought us an English-style IPA from the suburbs of Sydney. Good effort, Rabbitohs!

Young Henry’s Hop Ale IPA (6.0% ABV)

Musty share-house* brew

Spring has sprung in 2042

Grassy, burnt sugar

Food match: Pie floater (a culinarily dubious Australian pastry), Morton Bay Bugs with moray sauce

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: Drinking with men of reason

* Australian for the kind of domicile we normally call a flat

image: Hashigozake tap label

image: Hashigozake tap label

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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