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Craft beer on the menu in Arrowtown


Developed by an award-winning winery, A Taste of Gibbston is an obvious choice for visitors in Arrowtown in the mood for a good glass of wine.

The new artisan deli and café offers wine by the glass or you can purchase a bottle to take home. It’s also home to a tasting room where you can sip wine by the fireplace.

If you prefer hops over hock, A Taste if Gibbston has something on their menu for you too. Beer lovers will find solace in the shop’s selection of bottled brews from regional brands including Dr. Hops, Emerson’s and Steinlager. Aspall Organic Cyder is also on the menu, giving those in the mood for some booze a few options when it comes to brews.

Here’s a little look behind the beers for those unfamiliar with these local classics.

Craft Beer Menu

Dr. Hops Pale Ale
This American-style Pale Ale is the invention of Nicky Claridge. It’s fairly new to the craft beer scene having only been released in 2012. Hailing from Christchurch, Claridge has been working in the wine industry for about 13 years. Dr. Hops World Pale Ale fuses six different hops from around the world. It has 5.8 percent alcohol.

Emerson’s Bookbinder
The Bookbinder pours an attractive reddish brown, with a cream coloured head. Bookbinder Bitter has a sweet, perfumey, malt and hop aroma with a soft, malty, fruit and vinous palate that is both full flavoured and refreshing with a long, gently drying finish. 

Emerson’s London Porter
London Porter pours a deep brown colour with reddish tints, and the aroma is toasty, with a hint of sweetness and some earthy hop notes. Firm-bodied, but not heavy, with a creamy texture, the dryish palate is full of roasted malt, coffee notes and a sustained bitterness.

Emerson’s 1812 Pale Ale
Pouring a bright amber hue beneath a deep cream coloured head, this beer’s aroma hints at caramel and dark toffee, balanced with a light citrusy fruitiness. Medium bodied, the palate first offers a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts before resiny hops come to the fore and leads into a lingering dry finish.

Emerson’s Pilsner
This pilsner’s overt fruitiness begs comparison with Marlborough’s world-beating Sauvignon Blancs. It both citrus and passionfruit aromas and flavours. The palate shows a hint of early malt sweetness but develops a lengthy dry finish.

Steinlager Light
A local’s classic, Steinlager is brewed in Newmarket, a suburb of Auckland. Steinlager beers have won various awards and is New Zealand’s biggest export beer. Introduced in 2000, Steinlager Light is a low-calorie version of the classic Steinlager.

Aspall Organic Cyder
This cyder pays homage to all things organic. Traditionally made with bittersweet cyder apple, this cyder has a fruity aroma with floral and spicy overtones. The palate is initially full and slightly sweet with a good balance of acidity and a pronounced astringency followed by a very long dry finish.

A Taste of Gibbston is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deli and tasting room are open until 6 p.m. Stop by for a beer in the tasting room or as an accompaniment to your meal. 

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