Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Cut Above Foster's

You can always count on the boys at Kelly Liquors on Juan Tabo to go after the lesser known but intriguing beers...and I think they have a thing for New Zealanders. They were one of, if not the first, stores in town to start carrying beers from Epic Brewing of New Zealand. And now they have Hopwired IPA from 8 Wired Brewing, another brewery from that island in the shadow of Australia. It seems that the New Zealand breweries outshine their Australian counterparts when it comes to making craft beer, though I'm not sure who's barbied shrimp come out on top. Hopwired IPA uses all New Zealand grown hops: Southern Cross for bittering, Motueka (similar to Saaz), and of course Nelson Sauvin, the best thing to come out of New Zealand since Tony Calder. The 22 oz. beer ends up at 7.3% ABV, toeing that line between IPA and DIPA.