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 

Mash Up - NZ Pale Ale - 6.0% abv - 50 IBU

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A Little Q & A on Mash Up - v2.0

Why does the bottle have an Epic cap on it?

This was a wee error at the brewery. The following batches will be a generic cap.

Why does the map on the label only have a few cities on it?

This was a generic map that was chosen as a graphic. We just stuck with the cities already printed on it.

Why are there only 44 breweries represented on this?

Not all breweries were available for us to visit in the time frame that we had. Also, some breweries did not want to be a part of the project.

What ingredients did you use?

We used New Zealand malted barley, British malted barley (due to the influence of the UK on many brewers and breweries around NZ) and all New Zealand hops. We used an American yeast strain. We aimed to use water from a few places around New Zealand, but this plan was affected by the earthquake.

Is it really a collaboration if all of the brewers weren’t there?

The recipe was shared by email so that brewers could discuss or make changes. A collaboration is defined by Wikipedia as follows:

Collaboration is working together to achieve a goal, but in its negative sense it is working as a traitor. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective, determination to reach an identical objective) — for example, an intriguing endeavor that is creative in nature—by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.

So yes, it’s definitely a collaboration!

Why didn’t you take ingredients from every brewer you visited and use them in the brew?

In a way we did... because most NZ brewers use either UK or NZ malt, we saved them and us the hassle of taking a handful from each brewery and got the freshest we possibly could straight from our supplier. The same goes for the hops, where it is very important to store these fresh, cold and out of sunlight and air. The majority of Kiwi craft breweries use the same malt and hop suppliers. Our plans to get some Canterbury Plains artesian water were thwarted by the earthquake.

Where can I buy this beer?

Our plan is to get it into craft beer stores that have a great selection of NZ craft beer, into some of the great craft beer bars and pubs across NZ and onto the supermarket and liquor store shelves as well!

Where can I watch the TV show? What channel will it be on?

Once the production company sort through the fifty odd hours of footage and begin to assemble episodes, we plan to show these online, so that everyone can watch them whenever they want on the Internet. With a bit of luck, one of the TV channels here in NZ will also pick this up and support our fantastic craft beer industry.

Why not just straight to air on television?

A show costs a lot to make. We want the rights to this show and to be able to use it how and when we want to spread the word about Kiwi craft beer. If we were to sell this to a TV station, they would own the rights and get a bunch of advertising dollars at zero risk. We didn’t want this to happen. Shows about alcohol are not often shown in prime-time also. This limits the involvement that big TV companies may want to have in a show like this.

There are a few breweries missing from the first Christchurch episode. Why is that?

The joys of technology. We were filming the footage on HD memory cards and these are pretty fragile. Two of these were damaged and the footage unable to be retrieved. We could have taken the cards to a forensic recovery team (these do exist!) but it would have cost us a coupld of grand to do so! We also had some footage that was unusable due to background noise and sound quality in some of the pubs.
Because of this, we don't have footage of Ally McGilvray from Golden Ticket Brewing, of Cassels & Sons Brewery or part of the Three Boys Brewery footage. We're fully gutted about this, but the cost for us to get back down with the film crew and re-film is pretty high!
Coupled with the fact that Luke re-mortgaged his house to fund this trip and show (and there's no money left!), it's just meant that we didn't have anything on these guys to include in the episode. We're planning to put something into one of the later episodes to explain all of this.


Mash Up tasting notes from conditioning tank

A hazy light amber colour. Interesting considering the light malts used (Maris Otter and Gladfield Ale). The nose brings citrus, more NZ then US, some lime leaf and a little lemon balm. A slightly fruity, unripe passionfruit character underlying. Touch of Tropical Just Juice intermingled with Golden Queen peach. Smacks of Lemon-Lime Fruju.

Soapy lemon character in the mouth (in a good way) with a dominant “hop oil” kick at the back end. Initial body and sweetness dominate with mouth hop character reminding me of Schneider Brooklyn Hopfen Weisse (Hallertau Saphir). A slight Amber Malt biscuity note is in the swallow, comes through quite perfumed and as almost a berry-like malt note (as often perceived in Vienna Malt). The bitterness is more apparent in the tail of the swallow, not so intense on the tongue or sides of the mouth until swallow and aftertaste.

The perceived bitterness increases upon every swallow, but maxes out and let’s the mouth sweetness and hop notes integrate well with the endpoint bittering characters. It’s slightly sharp. hints of lemon peel and maybe slightly medicinal (slightly alkaloid??) but wakes up the palate. 

Potential for being a great food beer with any foods that have a cream and citrus base. Thinking Lemon Posset, mild-hot curry with mango chutney and yoghurt or a big contrast... A Mexican Mole or even a Chocolate Brownie with whipped cream...


We have a name for the beer - MASH UP

Even though we have been a bit quiet of late we are still working on NZ Craft Beer TV.

The beer has been brewed, and is now conditioning in the tank. 

We are planning to have the last of the filming finished next week, and a longer trailer out in a few weeks. This new trailer will be around 10 minutes, and will be the one we use to show to the TV networks.



Hunt launched for a new craft beer

Meanwhile, Luke Nicholas, the man behind the website and someone who knows more than most about promoting businesses online, has just released details of a couple of interesting projects. The owner/brewer of Epic Brewing Company who signs his emails "President/Founder & First Generation Flying Brewer" is organising what he claims will be the world's largest collaborative brew.

Having recently employed another Kiwi brewer, Kelly Ryan, who's just returned home after four years brewing in the UK, Luke is inviting every commercial craft brewer in the country to gather in Auckland on February 24 to design and brew an all-new beer. Once the first batch has been released, each brewer will then have the rights to reproduce it at their own brewery.

"It will be exciting to collaborate with everyone, to create something uniquely craft beer and uniquely New Zealand," Luke says.

Luke and Kelly also feature in a new online video series about Kiwi craft beer which begins filming this week. Entitled NZ Craft Beer TV ( ), the series is based on a beer hunting road trip around the country during which the pair visit small independent craft breweries, chat with the brewers and sample their beers. The road trip began yesterday in Christchurch and Luke and Kelly's exploits can be followed online on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

Over the years the concept of a craft beer-related television programme has been mooted many times but on each occasion the ambivalence of Kiwi broadcasters combined with government restrictions on the promotion of alcohol on television have seen the project consigned to the "too hard" basket. At long last the internet has allowed such obstacles to be bypassed.

"We have talked with all the TV networks about airing this content but they put up conditions on what and how we could use the content," explains Luke. "We decided to fund this ourselves so we could produce it how we wanted and decide through what channels and formats we wanted. There is still the opportunity to have it screen on television in NZ, but it will be on our terms."

Original article by Geoff Griggs

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[VIDEO] Cassels and Sons Brewery - Post Feb 22nd Christchurch Earthquake

The Cassels and Sons Brewery staff talk about the damage sustained from the devastating 6.3 Magnitude, Christchurch Earthquake.

(what also makes this sad is that we had a wonderful afternoon (and great beers) with the guys at Cassels and Sons Brewery, but the memory card we filmed everything on, including the wood fired kettle, and the great people there, some how became corrupted, and we lost all the footage.)

Our thoughts are with you guys and the whole brewing and beer loving community of Christchurch.