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Follow these intrepid gentlemen (although that could be just a vicious rumour) on their journey of discovery. The following text is copied directly from a email from the Beer Ambassadors (unedited).

30 Breweries in 30 Days

On Sunday the 6th of June, three dedicated “men of beer” (and one IT Technician from London) set out to explore the new world beer frontier, the home of the beer avant garde, the United States of America.

These men are the Beer Ambassadors. Beer Academics traveling on behalf of beer, in the pursuit of beer, for the sake of beer. The journey will be documented on www.BeerAmbaasadors.com.

During the month of June, Barney Matthews & Miro Bellini of Beer DeLuxe, Tom Delmont of Mountain Goat Brewery and Jason Duffett (IT expert) will attempt to visit 30 breweries and taste upwards of 300 beers in 30 days.

Australia’s beer culture is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance.

  • New beers/breweries are bubbling forth
  • Home brewing is at a height unseen since the depression
  • The overall beer market is shrinking, while the craft beer segment is growing

Similar factors were apparent in the USA during the 90’s. The real beer revolution struck hard in the States and today they enjoy well over 1500 craft breweries.

The Beer Ambassadors have organized tours of some of the most highly regarded breweries. Some eccentric, some historic, some giant, some tiny, all of them driven by epicurean values.

www.BeerAmbassadors.com will be a regularly updated source where you can enjoy:

  • Photos of the breweries and products
  • Interviews with the brewers
  • An insight into the beer & food culture developing in the US
  • Menus from specialty beer bars
  • Gentlemanly discourse/anecdotes

For more information contact us in info@beerambassadors.com

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Twitter: beerambassadors

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Blog: http://www.beerambassadors.blogspot.com/

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Tasted Tuesday 1 June 2010. 330ml bottle, 6.0% Alc/Vol

New Zealand

Lots has been written and talked about regarding Yeastie Boys beers, and this one in particular. It is our pleasure to be able to source some fantastic New Zealand craft beers including this one.

An unusual style, this beer claims to be a cross between a Porter and IPA. So what do you call it? A hoppy Porter or a dark IPA? Well either would work.

It certainly pours dark, nearly jet black, but holding it up to light is a deep dark brown. It has a smallish head that hangs about, is fairly dense and off-white in colour, with roasted/burnt nutty malt and big hoppy aromas. The palate is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sweet malt is interlaced with hoppy bitterness from front to back of palate with bitter chocolate, caramel and charcoal. There is a creamy, glycerol-like mouthfeel and yet quite dry on the finish. I expected a beer of two parts, but this seems to work very well in providing a fairly seamless array of flavours. Challenging though and hard to see as a session beer, but some will disagree. This has a high enjoyment factor and it is worth tracking down. You can find it here at Purvis Cellars.

Awards

  • Silver Medal (Porters) – 2010 Australian International Beer Awards
  • Best in Class (Porters and Stouts) and Gold Medal – 2009 BrewNZ Beer Awards
  • People’s Choice – Beervana 2009

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