Seasonal Craft Beer Range New Zealand (NZ)

FINDERS KEEPERS (Indian Pale Ale)

A British IPA variant based on the life-sustaining IPA’s of those heroic 18th Century entrepreneurs who charmed their way around the world exchanging trinkets worth pennies for land worth billions. Naturally, one of the trinkets they traded was the fine IPA itself and some would argue that these well-hopped and malty beers were worth trading the odd bit of coastal property for. Not people with any business sense obviously. Zeelandt Finders Keepers is based on an 18th-century recipe that uses only pale malt and Goldings hops.

English barley Marris Otter, hops grown in East Kent and brewing yeast from Burton; this ale will have you singing ‘Rule, Britannia!’ before the foam settles.

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TWO DUKES (Dunkelweizen)

Here’s a dark weissbier tale.
Squabbling brothers, Dukes Wilhelm IV and Ludwig X of Whittelsbacher, ruled Bavaria side by side. Their rivals? The Degenbergers, a wealthy house licensed to tax wheat beer. Faced with wheat shortages, and surly peasants who would rather forgo their daily bread than their daily brew, the two dukes declared weissbier, like this dunkelweizen, strictly verboten. House Degenberger fell into ruin – and their tax licence passed to the dukes. Weissbier was back on the menu.

Zeelandt’s Two Dukes Dunkelweizen features dark malts that bring complexity to this full bodied wheat beer. Bottle conditioned. Keep chilled.

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Mary Smith (Brut Pils)

Mary Smith returns in 2020 in the style of Brut Pils. A clean and crisp pilsner fermented with champagne yeast and dry hopped with Green Bullet and Nelson Sauvin.

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END OF EMPIRE (English IPA)

“Things fall apart”. It’s some sort of law that everyone forgets about until they need to shift the blame for failure on to something intangible. So it’s no surprise that the British Empire is not what it was. It’s also no surprise that everything British that left Britain became something other than what it intended to be at the time. Somethings become worse, like Australia but somethings become infinitely better like the new style English IPA’s.

End of Empire is one of these. A melancholic and nostalgic journey back to the glory days of Pax Britannica with strong undertones of “Glad I don’t live there anymore”.

Out of Season.

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