One of Auckland’s oldest hotels introduces five new craft beers for winter.
Britomart’s newest oldest gastro pub introduces its Winter Series of craft beers this weekend with the SOBA’s ‘City of Ales’ festival.
Two of The Brewery Britomart’s Winter Series beers will be served at Society of Beer Advocates City of Ales at Q Loft on Saturday June 23rd. Monk’s Hip Hop, a Belgian IPA will be launched there, and Double Dutch, a Belgian Dubbel will also be on tap for the craft beer enthusiasts.
Quirkily named ‘Holy Smoke’,’ Double Dutch’,’ Sublime’,’ and Monk’s Hip Hop’ are four of the five beers in The Brewery Britomart’s Winter Series. The fifth, a beguiling dark brew, is yet to be named. “We’ve had all the fun tasting and naming, now we’ll let the people decide,” says John Morawski, co-owner of The Brewery Britomart. “They can taste its personality and share their ideas for the name”. He suggests people could find some clues in the ingredients which include roasted malt and chocolate malt.
In keeping with the gastro pub tradition, co-owners Laurence and John brew the beers on site amidst the stainless steel tanks at the back of the heritage building. “We serve from the tanks that we brew in, and our customers tell us they can taste the difference. It’s hand crafted so it can’t be anything but fresh,” explains Laurence. He and John choose natural ingredients sourced from around New Zealand.
Opening its doors for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, The Brewery Britomart’s history reaches back to the 1870s when it was originally a public hotel. Completely renovated into a gastro pub, the Brewery Britomart is one of only six genuine brewpubs in Auckland.