We need another $10,000 dollars to fund the editiing of the final episodes of the Mash Up series. Therefore we need to sell approx. 10,000 more bottles. Below people have taken photos of the bottles of Mash Up they have drunk to show there support. We are naming these great people here and thank them for their support. 

You to can submit you photos here 

Brent Marquis (Beerginner)
Simon Hurley
Brett Curry 
Glenn Wignall 

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Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery: Journal Entry

Luke & Kelly with Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery's Greg & Howie

From the NZ Craft Beer TV journal, 20/2/11: 

The long and winding road head southwards to more wine country. This time it was the Hawkes Bay that beckoned, with its Art Deco and golden sands and fields resembling fruit bowls, bulging with cherries, nectarines and apples ready to pick. It's not just wine that 'The Bay' is known for though, we were here to check out a couple of iconic breweries.

We woke to a crisp morning and headed to our first port of call, Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery (HBIB). We were met by General Manager Greg Forest and he enthusiastically talked us through the history of the brewery. It had begun with a bunch of mates getting together. Disillusioned with the stranglehold the brewing duopoly had on the country, they decided to build their own brewery, which originally focused solely on draught (keg and tanker) beer. The brewery continued to grow and they had an opportunity to move sites. The close-by Ballydooley cidery, which took advantage of the glut of great local apples and produced (and still does) top quality ciders had potential to be extended. HBIB approached them, eventually got incorporated into the site and has just recently acquired the cidery.

The great thing about HBIB is that it has a great bar/tasting room (The Filter Room) right next to it that is also used for functions. They have the full range of their beers on tap, along with ciders, a ginger beer and sparkling apple juice. You can order a tasting tray, sit back in the Hawkes Bay sunshine and know that what you're drinking is made a stone's throw away. With that in mind, we popped in to the brewery itself to meet the brewer, Howie Parkinson. Howie has been in the industry for 21 years, with the last six spent toiling away making great beers at HBIB. It's obvious he loves what he does. Nothing is too much trouble and he talks passionately about the brews and the recipes and the process. He jumps away to check the sparge and the first runnings of the wort, then bounces back full of enthusiasm. It's great to see.

We taste a few of the beers with Howie. The Pilsner is crisp and bitter and again shows why the NZ Pilsner style is so popular. It has hints of floral and citrus and the characteristic NZ Saaz nose that we are becoming accustomed to. It's well balanced with a little biscuity malt and if it hadn't been 8.30 in the morning, I would have easily finished the glass. We then tried the Amber Ale, which was more malt-led. It wasn't in your face, but a subtle push of light toffee and dried fruit. It was also generously hopped with more floral and berry hop notes floating around the top of the glass. The finish was dry and slightly roasty. Another quality beer. 

Howie gave us a taste of the ginger and honey infused Summer Ale, a popular beer in the warmer months with a little sweetness and big, perfumed notes. It was the Black Duck Porter though that stole the show for me. I have had this beer before and was really impressed with it. It was still brilliant. A hint of smoke and chocolate on the nose, a lovely, rich full body and smooth aftertaste. Fantastic. Howie explained that they also do a series of beers called 'From The Wood' that they only showcase at The Filter Room next door in small quantities. A few weeks earlier I had tried an impressive wheat beer there and this time they had a big, strong, heavily hopped IPA on tap. This was something fun for the brewers to play around with and get customer feedback on. A great innovation!


Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery: About

From Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery's website:

Under the Hawkes Bay sun, nestled between vineyards and apple orchards you will find a handcraft brewery and cidery.

From small beginnings Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery (HBIB) has been steadily developing a range of traditional beers and ciders from their modern plant sitting on eight acres of a cider apple orchard.

Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery is a purposely built brewery designed with the latest technology required to produce premium quality beers and ciders.

The brewery comprises of three full time multiskilled brewers and cider makers that are always testing the boundaries of taste. 

Hawkes Bay Independant Brewery's Range of Beers:

Amber Ale - A rich malt body with mild hop characteristic adds complex fruitiness and a pronounced bitterness to this deep amber ale. Batch brewed using traditional methods and cold filtered to give a smooth, crisp finish. 

Pilsner - Brewed using traditional Czech pilsner methods. Fruit and spicy hop characters are dominant, with a mild malt backdrop and a crisp, clean finish. A lengthened maturation process also adds complexity.

Black Duck Porter - Bold flavours of toffee, burnt caramel, coffee and chocolate characterise this dark ale. Brewed with five malts in 18th Century London Style, it has an extended maturation process to develop complex and robust flavours.

Pure Brewed Lager - All natural ingredients create a pure brewed lager. No added sugars, just water, malted barley, hops and yeast. Cold filtered with an extended maturation period for a smooth and refreshing finish.