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TASTING GUIDE May 2022

Our May Judges’ Selection has EIGHT new releases! 12 Breweries,  5 BIG 440ml + 7x 330ml!
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There is still some warm weather in the air and still some hoppy brews about as always – but also time to start enjoying a few darker brews around the fireplace with good mates.  We have an outstanding selection this month of Hoppy to Hazy to Crisp and Clear to Dark and Stormy.
EIGHT new releases this month you have to try!  Loads of hop monsters, hazy and clear plus some refreshing lighter numbers and one cold night worthy stout to really warm you up.

Check out the beers below and please do submit your reviews and pictures!

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Laughing Bones – South Face Fresh Hop – Mountain IPA

This is their mountain IPA #4, the first one brewed with fresh hops. In South Face Nectaron hops are the hero of the flavour profile. Tropical and citrus sparkle throughout with a solid piney and resinous base representing the West Coast elements of this Mountain IPA brew.

Baylands – Hazy Hop Bomb #6

The sixth beer in Bayland’s hugely popular Hazy Hop Bomb series.  This time using the Trident blend of Pacific north-west hops with delicious fruity, citrus, tropical and passion fruit flavours.

 Southpaw – FRESH HOP- Hazy – Fall Classic

Southpaw Fall Classic is our awesome hazy IPA creation, made with Fresh Hops, straight from the hop growers, into our beer. We brewed an awesome juicy hazy, and dry hopped it with loads of fresh Nectaron hops. Fresh hops give an amazing grassy, green, fresh flavour to beer, and Fall Classic smells like you’re standing amongst the growing hops. Delicious, drinkable and best fresh!                                    

Badass – Hefe Metal Hefeweizen

Pouring fresh from a parallel universe where all the cool kids listen to metal and wheat beers are far more popular than hazies, Hefe Metal is our badass riff on a classic hefeweizen. Just like a hazy, wheat beers are smooth, refreshing, and share a totally Instagrammable cloudy appearance. Just quietly though, wheat beers are heaps tastier!

Waitoa – Citrovana – Single Hop IPA

Citranova Waitoas new Single Hop IPA with Citra Hops – and the start of our Tunnel Vision Series. Citra gives it huge amounts of flavour of Tropical Fruits, Grapefruit and hints of Peach, Lime & Pine. This is a seasonal release with limited supply.

 Sawmill – Nelson Sauvin – IPA 

Only available in Mixed Hazy Packs.
We’ve gone for maximum impact with this world class locally grown hop including a huge double-dry hop. The result is hazy, dank, and juicy with an intense fruity profile.



Behemoth – Juice Lee Hazy IPA 

These 1 inch hops pack a 1 inch punch to the taste buds. We have packed this hazy IPA with Cryo Mosaic, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Think pineapple, mango, peach and pine. Hoppy and juicy with a low bitterness. 

 Hop Federation – Hazy IPA

Welcome Hop Federation with their Debut at Craft Box Direct!
This Hazy IPA is a cracker! Super Cloudy and Juicy with an amazing light straw colour. It’s Packed full of tropical and citrus flavours, with just a hint of bitterness to round this delicious Hazy IPA off.                                                     

 Fortune Favours – Optimist Hazy Pale Ale

A glass of summer any time of the year. Big juicy tropical flavours and sweet citrus notes on a smooth and easy drinking hazy body. Another Cracking beer from Fortune Favours

Check out our competition for a Prize Pack coming soon!

8 Wired – Maverick American Stout

Black as jet but easy on the ABV. This sessionable stout tempts you to land with big roasted malt notes but then soars to another level with the citrus kick from Centennial hops.

Bach Brewing – Judder Beer Session IPA Ale 

We’ve been on the hops again…laughing about traffic calmers – fondly known as judder bars (speed humps). Judder Beer is brewed to our West Coast IPA recipe with less alcohol, session drinkability and loaded with Rakau, Mosaic and Ella hops.

Sprig & Fern – Tasman Reserve Lager

A lager like no other… blending our FIVE carefully selected hops for a bigger, bolder and more balanced premium lager with a generous fruity aroma, a citrus & passionfruit flavour and a smooth, stunning hoppy finish.

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