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Our Beer

Our Beer

The first thing you need to know about our brewery, is that we make beers that our team actually want to drink. We’re inspired by things you might expect like different hop regions, yeast strains, and malt varieties…and then what you might not expect, like making a beer that tastes like marmalade on toast, or like a Mexican chocolate cake, or a craft version of a snakebite and black.

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Core Range

The heart of our brewery is our core range, showcasing all different styles in the way we think they taste best. Try these for a proper introduction to Tempest.
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    The Pale Armadillo

    21st century Session IPA bursting with hop flavour. Expect big upfront citrus fruits in this fantastic session ale.

    West Coast hops meets Scottish barley in our session IPA.

    Type: Pale Ale

    Taste: Orange Citrus, Tropical Fruit

    Hops: North American , Armarillo, North America

    ABV: 3.8%

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    Brave New World IPA

    Deep resinous IPA, massive dry hopping brings a citrus pine party in the glass. 


    Rated 98% on Ratebeer.


    Gold medal winner at 2015 International Beer Challenge.


     

    Our ideal IPA with big pine, resin and citrus notes. A modern classic.

    Type: IPA

    Taste: Biscuit, Grapefruit, Tropical, Citrus-Pine

    Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Citra

    ABV: 7%

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    Red Eye Flight

    A powerful awakening.  


    Steam Punk roasted Fazenda Pantano Brazilian coffee beans are infused into this rich chocolate Porter. . dark as night complex  with a fresh ground aroma and intense depth of flavour. 


    Also rated 99% on Ratebeer


     

    Cold infused with locally roasted coffee beans for a rich porter with depth.

    Type: Porter

    Taste: Coffee, Chocolate, Toffee, Roasted Malts

    Hops: Columbus

    ABV: 7.4%

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    Long White Cloud

    The beer where it all began. Our flagship pale ale originally brewed in a garage in Christchurch, it's packed with the best in NZ South Island hops, and the finest Scottish malted barley.


    Light, tropical, refreshing.


    Now available in both 330ml and 660ml bottles!

    Our flagship pale ale with our favourite NZ hops.

    Type: Extra Pale Ale

    Taste: Light Malt, Citrus, Spice, Tropical Fruit

    Hops: South Island, NZ

    ABV: 5.6%

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    Unforgiven Red Rye

    A beer for cowboys. Characterised by a spicy Rye and smoke taste of the wild, wild west. A stand-off of subtle beech and spice with a lick of hops. Rides home to a red ale finish.

    A beer for cowboys made with rye for a spicy, smokey red ale.

    Type: Smoky Red

    Taste: Malty, Spicey, Smokey, Smooth

    Hops: "Western", Waimea

    ABV: 5.4%

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    Easy Livin Pils

    Effortlessly enjoyable modern Pilsner lager. Dry hopped and laid back with lemon and lime, honey and spice.

    Effortlessly enjoyable modern Pilsner lager. Dry hopped and laid back.

    Type: Pils

    Taste: Crisp, Light, Fresh, Soft Spiced Fruits

    Hops: South Island, NZ, Czech

    ABV: 5%

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    Bomber IPA

    The brewer's friend, we've done our first "big boy" IPA. We love the bomber style bottles, and this balanced, flavoursome IPA is our perfect big beer for this iconic bottle.


    You can also get three bottles of Bomber as part of our Big Bottle Six Pack along with Harvest IPA.

    Big beer deserves a big bottle. Beautifully balanced and perfect for sharing.

    Type: IPA

    Taste: Soft fruit, light malt, citrus

    Hops: Mosaic, Motueka

    ABV: 6.8%

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    Modern Helles

    Modern Helles is a traditional Bavarian session beer that's refreshingly uncomplicated in style. We ferment it slow and cold with our house yeast strain, using Golden Promise barley and locally milled oats to produce a medium bodied, bready lager. 
    The generous addition of Mandarina Bavaria hops in kettle and during maturation compliments the classic yeast flavours with tangerine, citrus, and spice. 


    Enjoy fresh and cold with friends!

    A refreshingly uncomplicated Bavarian style session beer. Classic yeast flavour with tangerine hop notes.

    Type: Lager

    Taste: Light malt, Tangerine, Spice

    Hops: North American

    ABV: 4.1%

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Seasonal Beer

Seasonality is hugely important to us, and our seasonal range reflects this. These beers are only brewed when the season is right for their ingredients or style to get the best flavour without compromising on quality.
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    In The Dark We Live BIPA

    A hybrid beer - IPA by attitude, porter by appearance. Very complex hop character compliments the rich and dark malts.


    Rated 99% on Ratebeer


    IPA by attitude, porter by appearance. Complex hops compliment rich malts.

    Type: Black IPA

    Taste: Toasted Malts, Soft Fruits, Bitter Chocolate, Citrus-Pine

    Hops: North American , Mosaic, Columbus, Simcoe

    ABV: 7.2%

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    Farmhouse Ale

    A refreshingly tart Belgian style harvest ale. A Saison for saisonniers.
    Refreshingly tart Belgian style harvest ale made with our favourite yeast strain.

    Type: Saison

    Taste: Dry, Fruity, Yeast Character, Spicy

    Hops: British & New Zealand, Bramling Cross

    ABV: 5.1%

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    Marmalade On Rye

    A total team favourite, we all love our big jammy DIPA. Marmalade on Rye is the perfect example of a breakfast beer...seriously. Warm bready rye meets bittersweet, sticky orange and spicy ginger for a smooth, totally delectable double IPA. We pack it full of seasonal marmalade oranges adn then "dry hop" it with even more zest, probably counts as one of your five-a-day at the rate we add oranges to it.


    Bold and jammy, made with seasonal oranges and spicy rye.

    Type: Double IPA

    Taste: Toasted, Tangy, Marmalade

    Hops: Armarillo, North America, Waimea

    ABV: 9%

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    Elemental Dark Ale

    A robust railway porter that’s smoothly irresistible.
    Classic roast character balanced with spicey hops.
    Classic roast character balanced with spicey hops in this classic Robust Porter.

    Type: Porter

    Taste: Malty, Smooth, Bitter

    Hops: British & New Zealand, Bramling Cross

    ABV: 5.1%

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    Longer White Cloud

    2016 Edition


    A surprisingly light bodied and refreshing Imperial Pale Ale, soft fruits and honeyed melon mingle with a juicy, vinous character from the South Island hops to produce what feels like a cross between an IPA and a fine white wine.

    Our annual release beer showcasing the very best of New Zealand hops.

    Type: Imperial IPA

    Taste: Soft fruits, honeyed melon, light malt

    Hops: South Island, NZ, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Kohatu, Waimea

    ABV: 10.2%

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    Saison du Pommes

    Classic saison flavours blend with fermented Scottish apple juice to create a complex flavour profile somewhere between a dry cider and a Belgian saison with gentle spice, and rich fruit flavour.


    Gold Award winner in Mixed Style Beer at Barcelona Beer Challenge.


     

    Using the best of the Scottish apple harvest for a rich, fruity beer.

    Type: Saison

    Taste: Juicy, Warm Spice, Pineapple

    Hops: British & New Zealand

    ABV: 8.7%

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    A Face With No Name

    Is it an American Amber? Is it a Red IPA? Who really knows. An ambiguous blend of big toasty malts balanced out by carefully chosen spicey, resiny hops to give a beer packed with flavour. Biscuity, caramel notes with a touch of citrus and pine.

    Winner of the Gold Award in American Amber Ale at Barcelona Beer Challenge


    Our ambiguous American Amber, big on biscuity, caramel malt with pine-resin hop notes.

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    Taste: Toasty, Caramel, Resin

    Hops: Centennial

    ABV: 6%

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    Harvest IPA - 2nd Edition

    Back again and this time in bombers!


    This time around we've paired our favourite Saison yeast strain with the piney, fruity, herbal notes of Vic Secret hops from Australia.


    Balanced, refreshing, and perfect to share over a meal; we reckon we've outdone ourselves with this edition!


    You can also get three bottles of Harvest as part of our Big Bottle Six Pack along with Bomber IPA.

    The second in our series of Saison/IPA hybrid beers dry hopped with Vic Secret. A great sharing beer in bombers!

    Type: Belgian IPA

    Taste: Earthy, Fruity, Herbal

    Hops: Vic Secret

    ABV: 6.7%

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Limited Edition Beer

The brew team are wildly creative with the beers they want to make, our limited edition range allows them to unleash this and create a number of small batch brews only available for a short period of time. Unusual ingredients, uncommon styles, and complex brews are rife here!
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    Harvest IPA

    The first in a new series showcasing our favourite Belgian yeast strain and hops to shine with it. Earthy, fruity yeast character with massive upfront citrus.
    Our favourite Belgian yeast strain and hops to shine with it.

    Type: Belgian IPA

    Taste: Citrus fruits, earthy, dry

    Hops: North American , Mosaic

    ABV: 6.7%

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    Double Shuck

    The new batch of Double Shuck is here!


    Oysters and stout are a classic pairing, it was at one time considered a poor man's meal and has since became something truly special. The salty, briny taste of the oysters paired unusually well with a thick, creamy, roasty porter or stout (and they still do!). So we decided to pay homage to this traditional pairing, by brewing an imperial stout with freshly shucked Lindisfarne oysters - 200 to be exact - and smoked paprika.


    An often shocked question we've had about Double Shuck is "Does it taste like fish?" and the answer is, not at all. The oysters give a good minerality to the beer, adding a unique depth achieved only by their being added to the brew, as well as a bit of brine saltiness in the finish of the beer. The beer as a whole is smooth and rich, with deep roast and burnt chocolate flavour, only enhanced by that slight salty note in the finish.


    A unique, and delectable brew, the new batch of Double Shuck is truly something special. Enjoy with fresh oysters or seafood for the ultimate pairing.

    Our take on the classic pairing of oysters and stout made with 200 Lindisfarne oysters.

    Type: Imperial Stout

    Taste: Silky smooth, Balanced roast, Hint of Salt

    Hops: Waimea

    ABV: 11%

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    Longer White Cloud

    2016 Edition


    A surprisingly light bodied and refreshing Imperial Pale Ale, soft fruits and honeyed melon mingle with a juicy, vinous character from the South Island hops to produce what feels like a cross between an IPA and a fine white wine.

    Our annual release beer showcasing the very best of New Zealand hops.

    Type: Imperial IPA

    Taste: Soft fruits, honeyed melon, light malt

    Hops: South Island, NZ, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Kohatu, Waimea

    ABV: 10.2%

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    Old Parochial

    Nostalgia and Celebration in a bottle. Raise a glass to the art of barrel aging with this rich, complex imperial scotch ale aged in Craigellachie barrels. Smoke, stone fruit, and caramel blend together on the palate with a warming hum of whisky.

     

    The special return of our Imperial Scotch Ale aged in ex-bourbon casks.

    Type: Scotch Ale

    Taste: Smoke, Stone Fruit, Caramel

    Hops: Waimea

    ABV: 10%

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    Saison Cider

    A throwback collaboration with a twist. This triple fermented saison is blended with Thistly Cross Cider’s sweet cider and 10% blackcurrants from Blairgowrie. Ruby red in colour, peppery and tart in flavour with a big blackcurrant notes, Saison Cider is the perfect mash up of our brewing methods and Thistly Cross’ award winning cider.

    Please note that Saison Cider is past its Best Before End date of 16-Dec 2016. However, it has been opened and tasted by our brewers who have approved it for sale but at the much discounted price of £1.50 per bottle! Enjoy!
    A craft Snakebite & Black made in collaboration with Thistly Cross.

    Type: Saison

    Taste: Tart, Peppery, Fruity, Dry

    Hops: Bramling Cross

    ABV: 7.4%

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    Mango Berlinner

    Sunshine in a glass, no matter the weather. Mango Berlinner is our first new beer of 2016, a dry hopped Berlinner style beer packed to the brim with fresh mango. Big mango and tropical fruit flavour with gentle acidity and zesty mouthfeel.
    Sunshine in a glass; zesty with gentle acidity and fresh mango.

    Type: Sour Beer

    Taste: Zesty, Tart, Gentle Acidity

    Hops: North American

    ABV: 4.0%

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    Mexicake

    Time for a proper fiesta!


    Grab a bottle, laze out in the sun, and enjoy our Mexican inspired imperial stout. Carefully balanced cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, and chillies make this a smooth, velvety, and completely delectable brew perfect to pair with puddings and ice cream.


     

    Dessert inspired Imperial Stout infused with cocoa, vanilla, and chillies.

    Type: Imperial Stout

    Taste: Spice, Chocolate, Low Heat

    Hops: North American , Columbus

    ABV: 11.0%

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    Totally Radler

    Grab a beer and get on your bike! Totally Radler, our 2% pink grapefruit and blood orange pilsner style radler, was brewed to be perfect for a long ride on a hot day. The style was originally brewed so that cyclists could ride all day long and still enjoy a nice cold beer, so we put our typical twist on the style by adding zingy pink grapefruit and sweet blood orange.



    A low ABV fruity beer perfect for riding all day long.

    Type: Radler

    Taste: Fresh, Light, Fruity

    Hops: North American

    ABV: 2.0%

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    Drop Kick Me Jesus

    A tart, peachy sour pale ale dry hopped to hell and back with Amarillo. A great beer for sitting back in the sun, it's refreshing, with a tart finish and mandarin, citrus notes.

    A sour pale ale dry hopped to hell and back with Amarillo.

    Type: Sour Pale Ale

    Taste: Peach, Citrus, Mandarin, Tart Finish

    Hops: North American

    ABV: 5.2%

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    Dios Mio! - Jalapeno IPA

    Ay ay ay!
    Cold and refreshing yet hot and spicy all at once, Dios Mio is made with Jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and dry hopped with Motueka for a really unique flavour bomb. 

    Jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and dry hopped for a unique flavour bomb.

    Type: IPA

    Taste: Citrus, Balanced Bitterness, Building Heat

    Hops: South Island, NZ

    ABV: 6.0%

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    Ancho Dark Lager

    The final beer in our "Holy Trinity" of chilli beers is here!


    Ancho Dark Lager is a 5.1% cold fermented lager made with a blend of dark malt, showcasing the mild and flavourful Ancho chilli pepper.


    The lager fermentation gives it the clean drinkability everyone loves from a lager, but the chocolate and roast notes from the dark malt and subtle spice from the ancho chilli make it a bit more interesting than your average lager.


    Be sure to check out Mexicake and Dios Mio; the other beers in the Holy Trinity!


    Made with dark malt and showcasing the Ancho chilli, this cold-fermented dark lager is full of chocolate and spice notes.

    Type: Dark Lager

    Taste: Chocolate, Spice, Refreshing

    Hops: Czech

    ABV: 5.1%

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    The Old Fashioned

    An American original reimagined.


    Sit yourself down at the bar, and sip on our rye imperial pale ale aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. For our latest barrel aged concoction, we decided to pay homage to one of the original, classy cocktails that would truly test our ability to balance flavours. What's more, it's in 660ml bottles, hand labelled, and wax dipped for a beer sure to impress.

    The Old Fashioned takes our well-loved orange and ginger double IPA, and infuses it with the smooth, warming, vanilla character of Heaven Hill’s famous Kentucky straight bourbon. That whiskey warmth and flavour brings out the sweeter notes in the orange and ginger, but the hops give that distinct bitterness you’d expect in the cocktail itself. It has also been conditioned in bottle, allowing it to develop a rich, smooth texture that goes down a treat.


    Brewers Note: the Old Fashioned's base is a pale ale with lots of hops and citrus fruits. It will not benefit from extended aging; we have matured it in barrels for you already. Drink now for maximum freshness and enjoyment.

    An American original re-imagined. Bourbon barrel aged Rye Imperial Pale Ale infused with orange, ginger, and hop bitters.

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    Taste: Vanilla, Spice, Citrus

    Hops: North American

    ABV: 9.5%

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    Nelson Sauvvy

    Watch out for this one, it's got some attitude...


    Our new addition to the mob is Nelson Sauvvy; a 5.4% India Pale Lager. Fermented low and slow to be clean and crisp, then dry-hopped with a big hit of Nelson Sauvin hops, the result is a highly drinkable beer with a punch of gooseberry, citrus, and tropical fruit.


    So go on and get that down your gullet.

    Watch out for this one, it's got some attitude...a crisp and clean IPL dry-hopped with a hit of Nelson Sauvin hops.

    Type: IPL

    Taste: Crisp, Gooseberry, Tropical

    Hops: Nelson Sauvin

    ABV: 5.4%

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    The Alligator Man

    SHOCK! HORROR!


    An experiment with a new yeast strain turns monstrous!


    The Alligator Man is the first beer to emerge from our experiments cultivating a Vermont yeast strain; a 9.2% Double IPA packed with Citra, Mosaic, and Rakau. Big and juicy, this is the kind of IPA this strain was made for. 

    SHOCK! HORROR! Our first experiment with Vermont yeast, our Double IPA is monstrously juicy with tropical flavour.

    Type: Double IPA

    Taste: Apricot, Resin, Citrus

    Hops: Mosaic, Citra

    ABV: 9.2%

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    Bourbon Barrel Mexicake

    It's been talked about in hushed tones and whispers for a while now, but it's finally here.


    For the last 7 months, we've been barrel aging and bottle conditioning our incredibly well-loved Mexicake imperial stout. It's something a lot of people asked about, and something that to us made a lot of sense. However, we've aged in not one but two different barrel types; Bourbon, and Brandy.


    Bourbon Barrel bring exactly what you'd expect; a little bit of whiskey on the nose and warmth on the finish, and enhances some of the best flavours in Mexicake. On the nose, you get an intense vanilla aroma, the slight spiciness of bourbon highlights the Ceylon cinnamon, and a touch of toasted oak. On the palate, you get much of the same with a super smooth mouthfeel, and a bit of boozy warmth. Pay close attention, and you'll also get a bit of char and smokiness from the barrel aided by the infusion of Mulato chillies famous for their leathery, tobacco smokiness.  


    A beautifully decadent beer, it's in very short supply and will not last long. 

    A beer worth waiting for. Aged in Bourbon barrels, this version of Mexicake is rich and smooth with toasted oak and vanilla flavour.

    Type: Imperial Stout

    Taste: Smooth, Vanilla, Toasted Oak

    Hops: Columbus

    ABV: 11.6%

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    Brandy Barrel Mexicake

    It's been talked about in hushed tones and whispers for a while now, but it's finally here.


    For the last 7 months, we've been barrel aging and bottle conditioning our incredibly well-loved Mexicake imperial stout. It's something a lot of people asked about, and something that to us made a lot of sense. However, we've aged in not one but two different barrel types; Bourbon, and Brandy.


    Brandy Barrel brings a different profile to Mexicake, showing the difference barrel type can make. On the nose, the oak character is a lot softer, with the brandy bringing out more fruitcake like flavours and a sweeter cinnamon aroma. The dried fruit sweetness of that fruitcake aroma is present on the palate too, highlighting spice notes like cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla. The brandy barrel flavour mingles well with the chocolate and spices added to Mexicake, and the bottle conditioning has given it a big velvety body. 


    A beautiful beer in its own right, it's incredibly limited so don't wait if you want to try it...

    A beer worth waiting for. Aged in Brandy barrels, this version of Mexicake is velvety with soft oak, fruitcake, and nutmeg spice flavour.

    Type: Imperial Stout

    Taste: Fruitcake, Cinnamon, Nutmeg Spice

    Hops: Columbus

    ABV: 11.6%

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