Welcome To Cloudland
This past March, we made a trip out to the south island of New Zealand. We toured a bunch of hop farms, saw lots of sheep, gawked at beautiful scenery, and drank a whole lot of Suavey Bs. Then we hopped in a flying coffin to Wellington (one of the windiest cities in the world…and yes, your life will flash before your eyes multiple times on the descent) and made a beer with our friends at Garage Project. While we could’ve gone pretty weird with this one (these guys have made very palatable beers with pickles, oysters, and Venusian Spear fungus, to name a few ingredients), we ended up merging our IPA universes with a hop bill of Chinook and Strata from the PNW and Nelson Sauvin & Riwaka from the South Island. The end result has a whole lot of passion fruit & guava, along with red grapefruit and white grape, and a whisper of that Southern Hemisphere diesel-fuel-spilled-on-beachgrass thing.