emersons pilsner

Bungas’s Beer of the Week: Dunedin

Dunedin was not somewhere that was on our original itinerary because you can’t go everywhere when visiting a country. Well you can, but not at the pace I like to travel. Leaving the picturesque mountains of Fiordland for a bigger town was not a bad idea at all. How’s the South Island summer you might ask? Well I have two words for it and it rhymes with ‘truckin’ pit.’ Although we’ve been quite lucky with rain (but not of late), there haven’t been too many days where the sun has made its presence felt and I don’t think we’ve even come close to day above 30 degrees Celsius.

So you can’t control the weather, but you can control the beer that you drink. We first came across Emerson’s way back in the first week in Auckland. Andrea loves pilsners and was recommended their version at a pub there. She raved about it, but I was too busy (and stubborn) to try it.

“But it tastes great!” she cried emphatically.

“Nah, that’s alright. I’ll stick with my choice,” was my response.

She drank it a few more times after that and I finally gave it a go. My original reluctance was that it was classed as a ’premium organic lager.’ I was sceptical and a snob, but the error of my ways has fast been rectified by my beer choices in the last few weeks. Beer is beer: organic, systematic or hydromatic. Why it could be greased lightning!

emersons pilsner

Pilsner is very hit and miss for me. Sometimes it’s understated and lacking a slap in the face. But Emerson’s is up there with the very best that I’ve tried. You can smell the hops as soon as you crack a bottle, the malty flavour remains on your tongue as you drink, and the finish is like a dessert all on its own. It’s really truckin’ good!

The label says that it’s traditionally fined using isinglass - a fish product. I don’t know if this is the secret ingredient, but the next time you’re in the supermarket, look for isinglass and spread it on some bread; it may just be the next big thing!

Name: Emerson’s Pilsner

Brewery: The Emerson Brewing Company

Dunedin, New Zealand

Alcohol: 4.9%

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11 years ago

Nice beer review, after reading this one I’m definitely going to be reading more of your weekly beer samplings. Nice to read about a NZ beer too, reminds me of home.

Turkey's For Life
11 years ago

This sounds like our type of beer. I’m with Andrea – Pilsner all the way for me. I’m a fan of the Belgian variety – crisp and dry. Hope your summer weather gets better.

Thanks Julia! Any Belgian beer is alright by me.

11 years ago

Awesome post! Nothing like good beer to wash away the dreary summer doldrums. Made it through my rainy, cloudy summers in the Netherlands that way!

Reply to  Brett

Thanks Brett! Beer sure eases those travel pains.

Mohammed Hazzabeegun
11 years ago

I agree beer is beer, organic my asphault. You forgot chloromatic and psychosomatic. Come play my game I’ll test ya!

Going to a bar in Dunners tonite with lots more micro brews. Gospo hit the road a long time ago Mohammed, but he’s coming back in a big way.

kat - three six five
11 years ago

we sort of accidentally ended up Dunedin and loved it too – missed out on this beer though 🙁

we’re in Nelson now and i’ve got a tip off for some fantastic brewing around town, oooh it’s going to be lovely evening beverage or three 😉

Check out Founder’s Brewery, their tasting tray was great! – John

kat - three six five
11 years ago

thanks again guys

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