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Welcome to BorderPost, Issue 36

November 27th, 2015

All kinds of cool stuff coming up. Thats my intro and im proud of it! What are you doing still reading this? Scroll down you damn dirty apes!


Wellington In-stores

More In-store tastings this weekend in Wellington.

This afternoon John will be set up in at Glengarry Kelburn from 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Tomorrow, Saturday 28th Nov, Ryan will be set up at Regional Wines & Spirits from 2pm till 4pm pouring some of our latest imports.

Next Saturday 5th December will see Steven hitting the beer isle of New World Thorndon between 2:30pm & 4:30pm pouring some fantastic new beer!


Auckland In-stores

More Auckland In-stores coming up in the lead up till Christmas:

Tomorrow, Saturday 28th, Dominic will be at Liquorland Botany from 4pm - 6pm pouring some Gigantic and Ballast Point beer.

Friday Dec 11, 4pm-7pm, He'll be back pouring samples of Speakeasy and Rogue at Liquorland Howick's very cool tasting area.


Craft Hamilton
Maui Brewing Mini Tap Takeover


Today is the day all your good beer loving Hamiltonians!

Craft are putting three Maui beers on tap Big Swell IPA, Coconut Porter & Mana Wheat Ale w/ Pineapple (and maybe something special in cans in the fridge)

  Other: Beer and food matches available from the kitchen. Dress up for spot prizes.


The Hop House BWB Tasting


We have settled on the beers for this Tuesday's Xmas Beer and Barley Wine is going to be amazing!!!

Speakeasy Old Godfather Barley Wine 9.5% (San Francisco)
Green Flash Barley Wine 10.9% (San Diego)
Coronado Old Scallywag Brandy Barrel Aged Barley Wine 11.6% (San Diego).
Almanac Paris of the west Quadrupel with flame raisins, candi sugar and oranges 9.5% (San Francisco)
Brasserie des Sources Bellerose de Noel 7% (France)
De Molen Bombs and Grenades Bordeaux Barrel Aged 15.2%

All served with traditional Xmas accompaniments...
Tickets pre sales only (25 available) $30 all included.....on sale now!!
Safe transport essential.
8pm Tuesday 1st December @ The Hop House
Book on 07-574 5880 or over the bar


Merry Xmas from BWB

Really? look at this lineup, do I need to say anymore?
Modern Times Aurora Rye IPA
Maui Doppelshot Doppelbock
Brasserie des Sources Bellerose Blonde de Noel 
Almanac Paris of the West Quad w/ Raisins and Orange
Coronado Old Scallywag Brandy Barrel-aged Barley Wine (Brandy, Barleywine, Xmas!)
Speakeasy Scarface Imperial Stout

All that plus one extra special, could be stuffed, could be amazing, beer thrown in .
Click the image to book. Tickets will sell out


Vultures Lane US Beer Showcase

Vultures' Lane in Auckland are a couple of weeks into their showcase of US beers on tap and there have been some awesome beers so far.

Here is the line-up for December. (Pro-tip: That Adroit Theory beer is crazy and you will never ever see it again in NZ.Tiny Tiny Tiny Virginian brewery making crazy beers that have no right to be exported to NZ)
3-Dec   Widmer / Panhead WidHog xIPA Rogue Chocolate Stout
10-Dec   Adroit Theory Fear Is Your Only God   Ballast Point Tongue Buckler
17-Dec   Coronado Black Sails Ballast Point Wahoo with Thai Chilli
31-Dec   Coronado Punkin Drublic Maui Big Swell IPA


Borderstop 2.0

Everyone loves a Pop-up Shop.

So once again, just before Christmas the Beer Without Borders team are going to set-up shop outside the BWB Mothership Coolstore at 24 Abel Smith Street in Wellington.

On the 19th Decemeber, from 12pm - 4pm, we'll be throwing open the gates of New Zealand's best stocked cool store and selling cases of amazing beer at user-friendly prices.

We'll also have Glassware, T-shirts, Posters & all kinds of craft beery goodies

We'll throw up a beer list closer to the day.


Cult Beer Store

Our Web-store is getting some major love from John at the moment and is getting it's hair did, it's nails done and generally being done up to be the prettiest girl at the party.

One of the first things he's put together is this:
One beer a day for the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Daaaaamn, thats like a Christmas present everyday before Christmas even happens! John has put together a kind of greatest hits, all killer no filler, of beer to celebrate this most awesome month and the birth of Ryan (on the 31st if anyway is looking to send me presents)

Click the image above to purchase the Advent Calendar of your Darkest Dreams.


Hey Now! Hey Now! The Bitches are back!
Another Double Bill ofBeer reviews from our Beloved Thirsty Bitches!

Almanac Farm to Barrel 
Citra Sour 

7% ABV 375 ml bottle 

Anyone who had read one of our reviews, or indeed been around us when we drink them, will know that we’re fans of Almanac sours. So, when Dom handed us this bottle, we made a noise than can really only be described as a squee, and then stood and stroked the bottle. We were very excited.

Not only do we love sours, but we’re also huge fans of citra hops, so there was never a chance we weren’t going to love it. And it delivers. 

The beer is a beautiful bright gold. You could spend a good long while just smelling its funky, tart, grapefruit and tropical flavours. At first, it tastes sweet, then the sour comes through, but there’s also a slight bitterness from the citra dry hopping. It could almost be a funky sour lemonade. A very sexy lemonade. It finishes dry, and and tart, and there’s brett in there as well. 

Look, we say this a lot, but since this seems to be the summer of sours, get some of this, lie under a tree on a sunny day and just drink it. That’d be an amazing way to spend an hour.


Saaz, not saaz

Thirsty Bitches

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Scarface Imperial Stout

9.5% ABV 650ml bottle 

Let’s just start with this - this is a gorgeous bottle - well played, Speakeasy. And the beer isn’t too shabby, either. It pours a shiny black, with a mocha-coloured head, and made us want a cigar just looking at it. 

On the nose, it’s all roasted malts and dark chocolate and a little burnt sugar. This isn’t the first beer that’s made us want to bake with it, before we decide drinking it with chocolate cake would be a more efficient way to go about things. 

Those flavours carry through into the taste, but the burnt sugar becomes a bit more burnt espresso or toffee. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s walking a fine line, and the back of your throat can feel it. A hint of licorice is there as well, as well as those roasted malts. 

If the citra sour is a sunny day, for this beer, you’re going to want your slippers, a leather chair, and some really good cheese.
Beer Geeks Drink Tea!
Inspired by the discerning taste buds of the geeks at Hashigo Zake and Beer Without Borders, the Assam Barley Lapsang is also nicknamed the Beer Geek Blend
Assam on its own is a strong yet smooth black tea and even if you brew it for a tad too long (just because you got caught up on the computer, as we all do), it exhibits little of the tannins that we often get with stewed tea. Assam is a favourite in the household and office as it is a very forgiving tea. Combined with roasted barley for that comforting malty flavour with the smokiness of the lapsang (but not too smoky!), the blend is a good balance, allowing you to appreciate all the flavours. It evokes images of the woods, smells of barbecue and the feeling of lounging infront of a fireplace on a cold night. All I can do is heave a big 'ahhhhhh' after each sip. 

Have a great weekend!

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