Rewired Brown Ale – 8 Wired Brewing


O’hare’s Beer Club June 2013 Box

From 8 Wired Brewing out of Blenheim, New Zealand comes the “Rewired Brown Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of malts, caramel, smoke and floral hops.  The flavour is of sweet caramel, malts, mild smoke and a decent hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% and the bitterness is 45 IBU.  As a rule I do not like beer with smoke flavour in it but this beer broke that mold as it was very complimentary and I loved it!

Commercial Description: Poor old misunderstood brown ale… It is perhaps the most versatile style of beer in the world, but is often overlooked. Why?  Does the word brown lead the mind towards less appetizing things? Is it because the colour brown is less sexy than, say, ‘golden’? Or have the mass brewing companies driven the style into oblivion by claiming it for their most unattractive products? Mull that over while you sip this beer, either in the sun, in front of the barbie, with your afternoon steak and kidney pie, your Sunday roast, or just by itself because you’re thirsty and deserve a treat!  Chances are that this is unlike any brown ale you have ever tasted: it’s malty, hoppy, roasty, flavoursome and refreshing. Some might say it’s Brown Ale ‘redefined’, we’d say it’s REWIRED. Cheers! The recipe varies slightly from batch to batch but includes: Gladfield pale malt, munich malt, crystal malt, caramalt, chocolate malt, oat malt. Hops are NZ Pacific Jade, Cascade and Pacifica.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Herb rubbed lamb chop

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Sundland Kreosot – Haandbryggeriet


From Drammen, Norway’s Haandbryggeriet comes their “Sundland Kreosot” a smoked black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale locally here.  This brew pours a deep almost opaque black with a huge tan head.  The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and lots of smoke.  The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, hops bitterness and smoke.  This bottle had an alcohol content of 7.7% which seems to have gone up from previous batches.  I only enjoyed half of this beer really.  I found the IPA side of it to be quite pleasing but I could not get past the smoke flavouring.  Now I am not a fan of smoked beer so this is being swayed by that.  If you like smoke in your beer you should pick this beer up!

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Costa Rica Coffee Porter – Haandbryggeriet


O’hare’s Beer Club February 2013 Box

From Drammen, Norway’s Haandbryggeriet comes their “Costa Rica Coffee Porter”.  This porter pours a dark black with a very small tan head.  The aroma is of sweet cream, coffee, roaster malts and some mild smoke notes.  The flavour consists of sweet cream, smoke, roasted coffee, roasted malts and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of this beer is 6.5% and the IBU is 30.  This is a very tasty porter with just the right amount of smoke to enhance the flavour without overdoing it!

Commercial Description:  Costa Rica, is a coffee Porter, you could say that here you get beer and coffee in the same drink. The coffee is specially roasted for us by Øystein at Lippe Kaffebrenneri in Oslo, they have done a great job. The perfect drink for breakfast. As well as being a great Porter you have a strong mellow and nice coffee flavor. You should try this out!

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Smoked BBQ meats, Brie, Gouda and Havarti cheese.

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The Big Smoke – 8 Wired Brewing


O’hare’s Beer Club December 2012 Box

From 8 Wired Brewing out of Blenheim, New Zealand comes the “The Big Smoke” a smoked porter.  The beer pours a dark brown/black with an explosive brownish head that just builds and builds!  The aroma consists of smoke, roasted malts and some understated chocolate.  The flavour is comprised heavily of smoke with roasted malts, chocolate and hops rounding out the flavour.  The alcohol content of the porter is 6.2% with an IBU of 40.  I am personally not a fan of smoked beer and as such was not huge on this beer.  That being said this beer has won many awards and has a 95 rating on www.ratebeer.com.  If you like smoked beer I hear this is an amazing brew!

Commercial Description:  We’ve taken our best porter recipe and added a good measure of that same Bamberg Rauchmalz. The smoke mingles beautifully with the rich, dark roasted chocolate flavours of the porter without being overpowering. Although it pairs extremely well with smoked seafood, barbeques, strong cheeses and hearty stews, its food friendliness isn’t limited to savouries; chocolate and caramel based deserts are great companions too! Trust us; it really isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

Hops: Southern Cross and Willamette
Malt:  Bamberg Smoked, Gladfield Pale, Crystal, Carafa Special, Black Patent and variables
Yeast: Wyeast 1272 – All American Ale

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Smoked fish, strong cheeses, heavy stew, chocolate.

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