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Bungas’s Beer of the Week: North Island

by John on January 13, 2011

For those who have noticed, I‘ve been on hiatus for a couple of weeks. No beer of the week last week and I apologise profusely. The reason for this was a combination of dodgy internet in Northland and a selection of beer that left a lot to be desired. Harsh, but fair. You’ll learn that Johnny only knows to tell it like it is. And it was shit.

The less said about Whangarei the better. Opononi was nice, but lacked a soul and Paihia in the Bay of Islands was truly special. Unfortunately, the beer was anything but. Having said that, the Waikato Draught got me (and Andrea) through some tough times up north. When the rains threatened but only delivered unpleasant humidity, this little drop was there to ease the pain. And how the pain needed to be eased. A simple draught beer of typically New Zealand low alcohol content, but very tasty nonetheless.

It was due to be the beer of the week until we arrived back in Auckland yesterday. The main problem with choosing a local beer is that there isn’t much I’ve tried that’s actually local. Waikato is a central North Island region and we haven’t even got there yet. Sitting in Brew on Quay again inspired me after three different beers.tuatara hefe Bungas’s Beer of the Week: North Island The first beer I tried left its German-styled mark on me: hefeweizen. Wheat beer! The Tuatara Bavarian Hefe is delectably delightful. We’ve all had Hoegaarden in those impressive “smash to kill” glasses and coming from Western Australia, I also miss my Redback beer. You either love or hate wheat beer, but for me, it soothes the soul with the best of them.

The label says that Weinstephan yeast gives it banana flavours and the beer menu also describes bubblegum in there. Well I have no idea who or what Weinstephan is, but I did taste those flavours and it was delicious. Very nice on a warmish afternoon. The Tuatara Brewery is located in the lower North Island region, actually close to Wellington. So once again, not in the place where we’ve spent the last week and a half. But what the hey, we’re heading there shortly! The beer was good and, for a travel day, it gets the thumbs up from me.

Name: Tuatara Bavarian Hefe

Brewery: Tuatara Brewery

Location: Reikorangi, New Zealand

Alcohol: 5.0%

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