Feeling Spontaneous

There are two Belgian traditions of sour beer production that really fascinate us. The first is the mixed fermentation process which is traditionally used to produce the red and brown beers of Flanders. Baby Grand and Oud Bruin both fit into this camp. The second is the so called spontaneous fermentation of the Lambic brewers…

Salt, Wood and Funk

Earlier this year we released the first of our Salt and Wood range of barrel aged mixed fermentation beer in bottles. The first three releases were: Baby Grand our Hawkes Bay Cab Sav influenced Flanders Red Ale, Rivage Brux our Sauvignon Blanc influenced Farmhouse Sour Ale, and Cuvee de Moor our Moroccan Quadruple . These…

I want to make a mess on your carpet

It’s been way to long between updates. The business of running a brewery ended up taking over for a bit there. There is a lot to post about but first here is something I have been meaning to write for a long time. We often have people comment or complain that when they open our…

Into a New Year

Happy New Year from the team here at North End. We have a whole heap of exciting things planned for 2016. First up on the list is the release  of the first beers from our Barrel program which are due to drop in the next month. We are currently bottling Baby Grand our Flemish Red…

O.S.B. Session Bitter

Craft beer in New Zealand has come along way in the last 10 years. From a focus on lagers and the development of the New Zealand hopped Pilsner, through the rise of hoppy pale ales , into a lupulin arms race to see who could create the biggest Double IPA and now into the broadening world…

Pilsner, Pale Ale and Hitting Our Straps

In the next few weeks we will be launching a new Pilsner and we are very excited about it. When Mike Nielson launched Panhead a couple of years ago he told me that he included a Pilsner in his line up of mainly hop forward pale ales as that was the sort of beer he…

Into the trenches

So a lot has happened since our last update. We had a very successful run of events during The Road to Beervana which was a blast but complicated by the fact that we were spread thin trying to commission the brewery, man the events and package the last of our contract batches at Panhead. Mistress…