While choosing the beers for the shop, we were originally looking to feature craft beers as local as we could find. We also wanted not only great tasting beers, but unique hard to find beers since even Safeway is carrying many of our local craft beers these days. But then we started getting request from our transplant neighbors requesting their back home brews that they cannot find.
The first such a beer request was from a Kiwi about the 8 Wired Brewery beers from New Zealand. I was immediately curious to find something new, so a quick search on Ratebeer.com lead me to the iStout with a rating of 100 points. Bingo! I had to taste it.
Here's a link to their story for a deeper read, but I like the fact that the story involves a bio chemist whose wife gifted him a home brew kit, which led to a world tour of brew pubs and a final move to New Zealand where they are putting the final touches on their own facility.
Another part of the story that connected this Texas boy was the name of 8 Wired. A standard order wire that is used in fencing in New Zealand. This wire became their fix all wire around the farms and homes. A similar use of bailing wire on Texas farms. The original duct tape.
We brought in their iStout beer for the winter and cool foggy Bay area season. Here is their description:
Beware, this is a BIG beer. Brimming with luscious roasted coffee and chocolate malt flavours which are balanced by a brisk bitterness and bold freshness from the hops. If you’re feeling politically incorrect try it with your favourite cigar, or a dram of your best single malt whisky. Or, if your tooth is sweeter, why not jump in at the deep end with the most decadent dessert of all; half a bottle in a glass with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (beer geeks like us know it as the Imperial Stout Float). Or simply enjoy it on its own as a decadent dessert or night cap - the perfect winter warmer! If you don’t already know the history of Russian Imperial Stouts please check it out on the internet, it’s a good story. But remember, although based on that century-old classic style, this beer is a very modern interpretation, like all our beers!
We found it to be fantastic and hope you get a chance to try some before they're gone.