Clemenger's Wellington in a Pint is on a mission to prove Wellington's position as the Craft Beer Capital of New Zealand.
We took the ideas that the Wellington pub-lic gave us in Round One, and distilled them into a Brewing Brief. Now, in Round Two, we're challenging home brewers to take that brief, and use it as inspiration to make a Wellington-flavoured beer.
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thought the capital
would be like
as a beer:
A number of strong themes emerged from the pub-lic in Round One.
These, of course, included the Weather, with ideas like: "Black Umbrella - dark and blows you away".
Politics, was another favoured theme with names like "Capital Buzz" catching our attention.
Then there was the ubiquitous Coffee, with some bright spark coming up with the truly inspired idea of: "Coffee Snob Stout". Wellington's unique Culture also sparked a few crackers. We particularly liked: "Bohemian Armpit - flavoured with a hint of cumin and patchouli".
Sport was another useful theme - we loved "Loopy and golden, like a Paul Ifill goal". And finally, we noticed a lot of references to the Quirky things that make Wellington so Wellingtony, like the dare-you-to-try-it "Bucket Fountain Brew".
Remember, at the end of the day, these are all just a bit of beer-fulled fun, and act as suggestions to help inspire our home brewer in their quest for beer-glory. Home brewers can brew however and whatever they like, as long as it somehow ends up as Wellington in a Pint.
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So you've brewed up a storm, and are ready to face the knowing looks of our panel of experts and celebrities. The fateful day takes place on Saturday 9 June in Wellington. Register now to get your Official Entry Pack with all the inspiration and information you need to enter.meet the judges
The tough task of judging will not just come down to the people who actually know their beer - our four breweries: Tuatara, Garage project, ParrotDog and Yeastie Boys. Some of the judging will be about how cool the idea is, and what it tastes like for average (and distinctly above-average in the case of our chefs) sets of tastebuds. So raise your pints please for our panel of legendary Wellingtonians.
Martin Bosley has lived and worked most of his life in and around Wellington. Beginning his professional career at Fraser's as an apprentice, he went on to work in some of the most renowned restaurants and hotels in New Zealand's culinary history. He has won many awards and is now the chef-owner at arguably Wellington's finest fish restaurant, Martin Bosley's. He considers craft beer to be as important as wine on any restaurant's menu.
Stephen Paul Fleming ONZM is a Kiwi cricketer of world renown. As the former captain of the New Zealand national cricket team, he was widely recognised for his tactical nous and ability to read the game. He remains New Zealand's most capped test player with 111 test appearances. He's led NZ to 28 victories and has won Test match series' against India, England, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Although the consummate sportsman, he still loves relaxing with a bottle of something hoppy in the bar.
Shaun Cluston is executive chef of Wellington's multi-award winning Logan Brown restaurant. Shaun loves local produce, and has a passion for Wellington's craft breweries. Shaun was one of the Logan Brown team at the very start, beginning his career there as a sous chef. After six years spent honing his skills in Sydney he returned to Logan Brown in 2006. Shaun love of food and passion for great beer has recently seen the expansion of craft beers available at Logan Brown.
Tim Brown is a New Zealand professional footballer, most famous in Wellington for his role as midfield maestro for the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League. He's been at the Nix since it started back in 2007 and is also the club vice-captain and all-time leading appearance record holder. Not one to slack off, Brown is known for his exceptionally high work rate and for scoring a fair few in the peno box. After a match he'll down a few, but loves to savour a craft beer at home on the couch.
Luke & Sam
Formed by Samuel, Luke and co. in Wellington High School back in 1997, The Phoenix Foundation (not to be confused with 1. Macgyvers NGO employers or 2. the über libertarian paramilitary organisation) are famous for their progressive brand of indie pop and have won numerous shiny awards and gained critical acclaim pretty much everywhere. Recently they were also responsible for the original score on the movies Eagle v Shark and Boy. They love craft beer as much as anyone in a band should, which is a lot.
Beastwars is New Zealand's foremost doom, stoner-rock metal group. Their 2011 self-titled debut album received positive reviews, inviting comparison to Soundgarden, Mastodon, Motorhead and Black Sabbath. Their album artwork is now legendary. The band deservedly received a nomination for best New Zealand Rock Album. In 2011, a limited release craft beer (Hallertau Beastwars India Pale Ale) was created in the band's honour.
Haydn Green is a blogger on Wellington-focused site the wellingtonista, which since 2005, has been promoting and writing about local stuff like places to drink beer, things to go and see, events to participate in, bands to listen to, places to drink beer, plays to watch, comments on local news, restaurants to eat in, and (sometimes) places to drink beer. Hadyn has the honour of being New Zealand's first rugby podcaster. Since then he has moved on to...um...podcasting about rugby AND other sport. Apparently Hadyn is easily recognisable by his hate of idiots. He also happens to love beer more than almost anything in the known universe.
Cori Gonzalez is one of New Zealand's funniest people. At least according to the many comedy awards he's won (he's got a Billy T under his belt), or the impressive list of TV shows and films he's unleashed his funny-bits on, including the highly popular current-events-with laughs news show 7 Days and the side-splittingly awesome Kiwi movie Eagle vs Shark. His love of beer is the most stable relationship he's ever had - current partner not included.
Stephanie Coutts has been described as a "well-known beer-drinker-about-town". She doesn’t think this qualifies her for celebratory status. Stephanie has, however, appeared in Consumer magazine and The Capital Times as a consumer beer judge. She has also judged the Wellington Brewers Conference homebrew competition. This does qualify her for our panel. Stephanie's business provides support to breweries and beer events. She is kicking off a Craft Beer College to share her love of beer with Wellington.
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Clemenger's Wellington in a Pint is all about capturing the flavour of Wellington
as a beer, and securing our city's position as the Craft Beer Capital of New Zealand.
We need your help to do it. Check out the Brew-a-tron 4000 below to see out how it's all gonna work:
We asked Wellingtonians via Facebook, Twitter and local Craft Beer Bars to describe Wellington in a Pint. Would it come from Yeast bourne? Or would it send you off to Nae Naes? The more creative the ideas the better. See what they came up with here
We then launched our creative brewing competition - where local home brewers vie to make a beer that captures the flavour of Wellington. You can be inspired by the ideas gathered during Round One in our Brewing Brief, or come up with something original of your own. Four winners will be selected by our judges. Register now to take part!
From Monday 18 June our four professional craft brewers, ParrotDog, Garage Project, Tuatara and Yeastie Boys will take one brew each, refine it with the winner, and turn it into a professional craft beer. These will be packaged, labelled, and generally made ready to sell in outlets across Wellington.
From Friday 27 July the beers are released. Everyone drinks the beer, pats each other on the back and cheers.