Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


A 'robust' beer for spring

News Release
September 11, 2006

A ‘robust’ beer for spring

Monteith’s Brewing Company is set to reignite beer appreciation in September with the launch of its second specialty release, Monteith’s Baltic Porter. A flavoursome beer, it takes its character cues from classic East European styles, with a sweet soothing maltiness, roasted background and full flavoursome liquorice notes.

The result: a most robust beer style with 7% alcohol volume giving this historic brew its famous kick.

The first fine porter beers were crafted in Britain in the 18th & 19th centuries. Wanting to fortify the allies and expand their markets, the breweries shipped their beers off to the northern cities by way of the Baltic Sea. To withstand the long journey by sea, the ales were brewed to be stronger and hoppier.

The popularity of porter beers quickly grew, as the high alcohol content brought warmth to the harsh European winter. Locals savored the new beer and each region adapted the style to make their own. Over time, this created a more complex beer, dark with liquorice notes and a sweet malty finish.

Barrie Calder, who is master brewer at Monteith’s, says Baltic Porter is a style of beer that Kiwis will really enjoy on chilly spring evenings.

“Porter is a challenging style of beer and I’ve always been a fan of it and enjoyed experimenting with ingredients to give this historic brew a Monteith’s twist. I guess in turn we’ve given the West Coast its very own version of this timeless beer style, although we’re willing to share it with the rest of the country too.”

Monteith’s Baltic Porter is a very limited specialty release and is sold as a four pack at $12.99.

Monteith’s Baltic Porter will be available in limited quantities for a short duration in select retail outlets and in Monteith’s concept bars around the country from mid September 2006.

Tasting Note
Monteith’s Baltic Porter is a soothing velvety Porter with a soft liquorice nose, adding a spicy lift to the rich malt base. There is a gentle barley note in the mouth that tends to sweetness at first then rounding out into a lovely dry malt biscuit finish. You will find no heavy chocolate or any grassy hop characters, just complex malt and spice with the merest, tempting touch of sherry contributing finesse.

Food Match.
Monteith’s Baltic Porter is equally at home with a crusty bread and tasty aged cheddar as with Chinese food that uses a touch of five spice or star anise.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Voluntary Administration: Renaissance Brewing Up For Sale

Renaissance Brewing, the first local company to raise capital through equity crowdfunding, is up for sale after cash flow woes and product management issues led to the appointment of voluntary administrators. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Media Mega Merger: Full Steam Ahead For Appeal

New Zealand's two largest news publishers have confirmed they are committed to pursuing their appeal against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>