Garage because it started in a garage, but it’s more than that. It’s also about approaching things with a garage mentality. It’s about playing around, making do and thinking outside the box. The surroundings might be basic but this is no barrier to creativity. This is bière de garage – beer from the garage.
And why Project – because it’s ongoing, it’s a work in progress and we plan to keep it that way. We don’t plan to come out with a fixed portfolio of beers – this is about experimenting, pushing boundaries, blurring the boundaries between styles - seeing what work
A Bière de Garde à la Garage Project. A French farmhouse or Bière de Garde style beer with a healthy dose of tart cherry added to the beer in conditioning. All natural, no essenses, artificial colours or fake cherry ripe flavours here. Hops definitely take a back seat for a change.
Subtle but complex, with saison yeast spiciness and a cherry tartness we think is quite refreshing and even intriguing.
Style: Bière de Garde
'Never mix grape and grain' - we're breaking the cardinal rule again for the second vintage of our grape harvest beer. Chateau Aro, a dark rubescent ale, conditioned on the freshly crushed juice and skins of pinot noir grapes, then aged in French Oak barrels, all from the award winning Escarpment Winery. And the result of this unholy union? Rich, complex and surprising. Remember, beer then wine, you'll be fine.
Style: Fruity Beer with Pinot Noir Juice
Hello world, it's Cherry Bomb imperial porter, a complex, decadent dessert beer, spiked with sour cherries and cacao nibs. The finished beer has a rich ebony hue with a pronounced, bitter-sweet, dark chocolate and ripe tart cherry character.
Warning - may contain hints of stone age love.
Style: Imperial Porter
This has been one of the most challenging Garage brews to date. At its heart was the idea of combining aggressive, high citrus character of American hops with the heat and sweetness of Indochine flavours.
Have you ever tried a Vietnamese mango and chili salad? If you haven't, you might be missing out on a life changing experience.
A fusion of American-style pale ale and South-East Asian flavours of mango, lime, Vietnamese mint and chili. This a beer of harmony, not of conflict.
Style: American IPA
Embrace the Garagista spirit - ignore convention, experiment, test the limits, and look at things a little differently. Brewed and double dry hopped with New Zealand, Australian and US hops. Great things can come from the garage.
Vol: 330 mL
Hāpi, the Maori word for hop, inspires this truly Pacific pale ale. Brewed with New Zealand barley and the best of the Kiwi hop harvest, Motueka, Wai-iti, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin. Assertively Hoppy - exceptionally drinkable.
Sessionble in strength, bright golden in colour and loaded with generous quantities of aromatic New Zealand hops. Very friendly indeed.
Style: Pacific Pale Ale
If you go down to the woods today It’s important that you’re clear Bruin’s the name for a big brown bear But it’s also the name for a beer Pick the right Bruin and it’ll taste great But make the wrong choice you’ll seal your fate Cos’ chances are that then you’ll end up as a bear snack
Style: Brown Ale
Beer and ballet - an unusual Pas de Deux. Brewed by Garage Project for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hops on Pointe teases the boundaries between high and low culture.Brewed with premium German malts, Nelson Sauvin hops and finished with champagne yeast, the result is a pale gold lager with a crisp, clean palate, rich tropical fruit aromas and tight champagne bubbles.Available at all good barres.
Style: Pale Lager
The little death, a rustic but beguiling blonde farmhouse ale, fermented with a cocktail of brettanomyces and Saison yeast and finished with a generous dose of Wai-iti hops. Each sip begins a little journey, at first refreshingly different and delightfully drinkable, then building with bright notes of fresh spring grass and gentle floral perfume to a peak of tart pineapple and hoppy lemon citrus. Finish and allow yourself a little moment of bliss.
Pig Squeal, in England’s deep south it’s slang for a sour or tannic cider. The Pig Squeal in this bottle is a unique blend of beer and apple juice, cooked up in collaboration with the wonderful folk at Peckham’s Cider. Made up of one third freshly pressed cider apple juice from Harry Masters Jersey, Yarlington Mill and Sweet Coppin apples, to two thirds soured wort, co-fermented and then lightly dry hopped - the result is juicy, aromatic and refreshingly tart cross-bred beer with a surprising sour apple twist. Squeal piggy, squeal!
'Out of style' according to the rule books, Pils 'n' Thrills is the Garage's irreverent take on the classic bohemian pilsner. German malts combined with American summit hops create a refreshingly crisp, golden beer with a snappy bitterness and lifted lemon citrus notes. It's definitely not your average pilsner, but then some rules were meant to be broken.
Style: Pale Lager
Rosé de la Vallée, the third in our trilogy of beers celebrating each year's grape harvest. At it's heart it's a crisp pale pilsner infused with freshly crushed Pinot juice from Martinborough's award winning Escarpment Winery. The beer was then rested on the red Pinot skins for 48 hours, just enough time to lend the brew what in Rosé parlance is described as 'onion skin' orange with a light blush of pink and delightful crisp citrus and strawberry notes.
Style: Imperial Pilsner
We begin our journey in China, the origin of the silk that fuelled these great trade routes. Our offering here is Tie Guan Yin - Iron Goddess of Mercy, one of the most famous and sought after teas in China. Taking this as inspiration Tie Guan Yin is a delicately fragrant lager brewed with rice, green tea and jasmine flowers.
Style: Imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager
Trois Fleurs Garden Grisette, a low alcohol saison lightly flavoured with coriander seed, fresh lemon verbena and a bouquet of dried calendula, camomile and elderflower. This beer has then been blended with a portion of sour beer to create a delightfully tart, aromatic and effervescent light gold beer. The perfect posy to quenching your thirst or as an accompaniment with food.