Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Beer for the Season

I've raved on about Taieri George before. If you are fortunate to have tried it, you know what I mean. And it just so happens that it is a beer that suits the holidays in either hemisphere.

Generally, Christmas in New Zealand means a work do, if not several, and possibly a trip to the the bach (or crib) for what is also summer holidays. The past five (that I've enjoyed in various locations throughout the country) have been cooler than average. Not complaining though as the autumn weather has been nothing short of glorious anywhere I have been fortunate enough to have spent it.

But not this year. While it might have been a rainy day in Wellington, it was well below zero here in the deep freeze of an Atlantic Canadian winter. We supped this warming, aromatic concoction while watching what was to be yet another 25cm of snow fall outside over the glow of Christmas lights.

Cheers!

6 comments:

Teri said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

I would swap ya! this summer has been hot, to hot for me.

I used a 2006 bottle of Taieri George from the cellar for the Xmas toast this year, it was fantastic.

Mary said...

Hi Teri, Best for 2008 to you as well!

Hi Kieran, Done! Just be careful what you wish for.. you don't have to shovel rain! I saw your post while writing this and provided a link. I had the 06 release last year while waiting for the 07.
That 07 had to be the most memorable bottle ever, consumed aboard the Taieri Gorge Rail on the 6th of March after completing the Rail Trail. While nice when fresh, what develops with age is amazing. It certainly is a beer that rewards the patient.

Barbara said...

Hi Mary I'm back online finally. Hope you hd a great Christmas and New Year. Are you here or there?

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

Im glade they are stocking, last time I was in Duners they wouldnt take Tairi George, which was a very poor show.

Mary said...

Hi Barbara, I'm here!! In Central working in vineyard at the moment. It is positively sweltering!! Glad to hear you are back on line, when I have access that I don't have to feed coins ($8 and hour!) I'll be back as well and will drop you a note!

Thanks to all who have left comments, i'll be back soon!!