Yeastie Boys Nerdherder B 2009 (330ml Bottle)
We're constantly experimenting with what we can get out of NZ hops in the search for that looking for that perfect sessionable pale ale. Although we know that the concept of the perfect pale ale doesn't really exist, we do so love the search, the gatherings of beer geeks that we meet on that journey, and the unique flavours that we experience every time we try a new beer. Nerdherder was orginally conceived following a discussion, on the slightly under-represented catalogue of 'NZ Pale Ale', with a few members of the Society of Beer Advocates - most NZ brewers, we concluded, tended to focus more on their NZ Pilsner rather than their NZ Pale Ale and that former style tends to be the beer that really showcases NZ hops and is widely available. The Nerdherder recipe then eveolved as a bit of a tribute to - but certainly not a clone of - a few of our favourite New Zealand pale ales over the last decade. Most of these ales are long gone - now consigned to history - but they are certainly far from forgotten. Ironically, after we brewed this beer, we discovered one of those old favourites is returning this summer as a limited release. We welcome its return and are excited about the possibility of being served side-by-side with it this summer! As we brewed the first Nerdherder recipe it struck us that it'd be neat to bow down to our inner beer geek (you may call it the Nerdherder within us) and brew the exact same recipe with a slight tweak in the late hops. This would allow keen beer enthusiasts to taste the difference that a very slight change in one ingredient can apply to the finished beer. We'd used Motueka, a now well established NZ hop (formerly known as 'Saaz B'), in the first batch and thought the perfect change would be to use its 'cousin' Riwaka (formerly kown as 'Saaz D') in the second batch. Hence Nerdherder 'B' and Nerdherder 'D' were born. . . And, so it goes, that the Yeastie Boys created not one new beer but two - and in doing so happened upon the opportunity of calling this summer, the last of the decade, the summer of 'B' and 'D'.
English Pale Ale
Classic English Pale Ales are not pale but rather are golden to copper colored and display English variety hop character. Distinguishing characteristics are dryness and defined hop taste, but more malt balance than what youll typically find in an American Pale Ale. Great to drink with all sorts of meats including roast beef, lamb, burgers, duck, goose, etc. Note that the term pale ale is used in England to signify a bottled bitter, and in that way there is no such thing as English Pale Ale to the English. The style is a North American construct, borne of the multitude of pale ales that pay homage to these bottled bitters - Bass in particular - and therefore the majority of true examples of the style are found outside Britain.