Monthly Archives: March 2016

Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA


The Yeastie Boys are a leading Kiwi craft brewery and I ran into this in a bar in Blenheim, the country’s wine capital. The boys are Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie, and they’ve been making beer since the late noughties from their base in Wellington (though the beers are actually commercially brewed down at the tip of South Island in Invercargill),

This particular beer is brewed with the addition of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea, and the result is thoroughly intriguing and quite delicious.

Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA
6.5% alcohol
This India Pale Ale has some Earl Grey tea added. It’s powerful rich and malty with a lovely spicy bite. Hoppy and exotic with bass from the malt and warm herby notes, combined with lively spice characters. 8/10

Firestone Union Jack IPA


Firestone Walker is a brewery based in Paso Robles, California. It’s owned by two brothers in law, the Firestone and Walker in the name, and began life in the Firestone winery in Los Olivos (Santa Barbara County). I tried this beer in a bar in Paso Robles when I was there just over a week ago. This is the fourth largest craft brewery in California, and it’s now partnered with Duvel Moortgat.

The malts are Premium Two-Row (Metcalf & Kendall varieties), Munich, Cara Pils, Simpson’s Light Crystal. Hops: for bittering, mgnum; late kettle, Cascade, Centennial; dry hops, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Simcoe.

Firestone Union Jack IPA 
7.5% alcohol
This is a full-throttle hoppy (70 IBU) beer that’s a tribute to the original IPA style. It’s fresh but rich with a malty edge, showing texture with lovely sweet richness and some bitter hoppy notes. Malty bold and bad, with richness and intensity, this is not for the faint-hearted. 8/10