1. Finback | Rakau Drip | Hazy IPA, 9%
Prized New Zealand hops such as Nelson or Motueka have become household names (if you hang around in the sorts of houses that we do). Yet in their wake have come a delightful proliferation of varietals from the South Island, and few have been so eagerly embraced by brewers as Rakau. With a bevy of aromas spanning the gamut of a cornucopia of fruits, Rakau has proven to be all things to all IPA drinkers. The fantastic Queens brewery Finback has chosen it to grace the name of this hazy double IPA, with a splash of Citra Pop for good
3. Enegren | L11te | Leichtbier, 3.7%
Why go big when you can go small? To mark their triumphant 11th anniversary, Enegren has shrunken the malt bill on a German Pilsner recipe down to a crushable 3.7%. An all-malt light lager (without corn or rice as with most industrial macro lagers) is something to behold, especially as the temperature spikes. The beer sports a cheeky label echoing a certain Rocky Mountain brand and a cheerful insouciance towards the mega-conglomerates who dominate the beer-market in this country. Ironically, Enegren now may need to rename one of their core beers… as it is no longer The Lightest One!