Last time I was in New Zealand I had a lot of beer fun. They’ve got some really good breweries, including the Marlborough-based Renaissance. They started off in 2005 when Californian ex-pat brewers Andy Deuchars and Brian Thiel leased the Grove Mill in Blenheim. Interestingly, another of the top Kiwi breweries, 8 Wired, was started by ex-assistant brewer at Renaissance, Soren Eriksen. This beer, which I had at the New Zealand stand at Prowein a couple of days ago, really impressed me.
Renaissance Paradox Pilsner
Full yellow colour, with lovely bright refreshing citrussy fruit and a well judged hoppy bite. There’s a bit of grip here and some nice spiciness. It’s fresh and very drinkable, but it also has nice complexity and detail. 8.5/10