Monday, July 18, 2011

NZ's Renaissance, 8 Wired and Yeastie Boys present a collaboration brew called Rescue Red Ale

Coming up on tap (and growler fills in The Local Bottlestore & Provisions) is ‘Rescue Red Ale', a hoppy, funky amber ale brewed by New Zealand breweries 8 Wired, Renaissance Brewing and Yeastie Boys and dedicated to all of the volunteers who helped out after the devastating Christchurch earthquake and Queensland floods earlier this year.

This three-way collaboration between New Zealand’s hottest beer makers aims to boost Christchurch’s ravaged craft brewing community through the New Zealand Brewer’s Guild Earthquake Fund and those affected by the devastating Queensland floods via the Premiers Flood Relief Fund (both of which the Taphouses - and our customers - have already donated to generously ($8067 to the NZ appeal and $8596 to the Qld Appeal).

The collaboration idea was first discussed by the three breweries after September’s 7.1 magnitude Christchurch earthquake, and then rediscussed after the January Queensland floods, but it was the devastating aftershock of February 22 in Christchurch that finally pushed the idea into reality.

The collaboration aspect emphasizes the brotherhood that exists between NZ craft brewers.

The input and generosity around Rescue Red Ale stretched well beyond the three breweries and many companies got together to support the initiative.

The breweries put out a request for input into the naming of the brew and some of the suggested names via Facebook and Twitter from the day include: Saison D'etre, Saismic Activity, Sais'mograph, Sais' of Relief, Buvez Beaucoup Saison Rouge, St Agatha, The French Collaborator, Menage a Trois, Red Rescue Ale, Liquid Fraction, Bag of Suck, Une Saison Rouge Croises, Recovery Red, Earthquake, Blood Red Heroes, Rogue Croix, Rouge Hop, Saissy Red, De Secours Rouge Saison, Plan Quake, Formidable Marinade... and the odd incredibly long, unpronounceable French name.

Through the importers, Innspire, The Taphouses are donating $170 per keg to Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Fund.

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