The New Zealand beer industry is a dynamic one - full of larger-than-life, passionate characters; from loveable rogues through to budding mad scientists. Our beers are just as diverse. Bringing together brewing traditions from all over the world and combining these with Kiwi ingredients, ingenuity and creativity, we have a beer culture unlike any other. In the last five years the New Zealand beer industry has grown dramatically. This book, which acknowledges the craft beers and brewers of New Zealand, is well overdue. Brewed is a snapshot of an industry creating beers that are full of character. Beers range from classical to crazy (Lamb Chopper anyone?), refined to quintessentially Kiwi (fancy a CHUR?) and aggressive (Sauvignon Bomb) to the suggestive (Morning Glory). Brewed will encourage experimentation among engaged beer consumers, helping them to discover new breweries and, with the use of the comprehensive tasting notes, benchmark them against old favourites. It will also help emerging beer drinkers to identify beers they will enjoy, starting them on a journey of discovery.
JULES VAN CRUYSEN is a professional beer, wine and food writer with over ten years' experience in the liquor and hospitality industries. Having worked at Oamaru's Riverstone Kitchen as a sommelier, Jules fell in love with great beer, and continued this affair working at Wellington's craft beer bar, Hashigo Zake. With experience selling some of the world's finest wines at some of New Zealand's finest restaurants, Jules brings a unique perspective to writing about beer and is especially passionate about matching beer and food. He currently edits Eat New Zealand, and writes for a number of other publications including maintaining his own websites, XYEats and XYDrinks.