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Beyond the Pale (Ale) Kiwi Ales take on the World! Thursday 24 or Friday 25 August, 6.00 pm start, Cost $25.00 pp, Limit 30 places each night There are a myriad of different members of the ale family, from fruity, quenching, golden styles to roasty, dark stouts and porters. These days New Zealand boutique breweries are crafting some excellent ales right across the spectrum and we thought it timely to see how they stack up against some benchmark brews from around the globe. By way of example, we might put up this year's NZIBA Supreme Champion, EPIC Pale Ale up...

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EPIC Pale Ale is now available at Woolworths Grey Lynn. Don't rush the place since they didn't order much on there first order. If you live in the area then I do encourage you get down there and get some especially if you haven't had a taste yet. [Supreme Champion Beer] Epic Pale Ale is has also recently been stocked at: Liquorland Newmarket 480 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland. Ph: 09 529 2286 Liquorland Pt Chev 1130 Great North Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland Ph: 09 846 9811 Liquorland Tauranga 395 Cameron Rd, Tauranga Ph: 07 571 8478 Also check out a beta...

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Thursday 3rd August. Epic Pale Ale tasting at The Malthouse, 47 Willis Street, Wellington, 5.30pm. Luke Nicholas, Brewer was doing tastings with the newly tapped Epic Pale Ale. [Epic Pale Ale went on tap on Monday and had sold out by Friday evening - 4 kegs in 5 days, a very impressive effort. More kegs arriving Tuesday 8th]

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Perhaps the toughest question a beer writer can be asked is “So, what’s the best beer then?” This is the equivalent of demanding Lindsay Perigo identify his favorite sentence written by Ann Rand. The answer in both cases will usually depend on the context. At the recent New Zealand International Beer Awards a panel of distinguished judges focused their laser-like palates on 199 domestic to find the best beer entered. They finally crowned one beer as Supreme Champion – EPIC Pale Ale from Auckland’s Epic Brewing Company. EPIC Pale Ale (5.4%) is a burnished golden beer which throws a punchy...

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It’s a rare beer that can take out a supreme award before it’s even been released. But such achievements are par for the course for Steam Brewing Company, the multi-award-winning enterprise that started out with one small local pub and grew. Steam’s Epic Pale Ale, the company’s first bottled beer, was named Supreme Champion Beer at the New Zealand International Beer Awards in April. It’s not the first such win for Steam, which is now the only brewery in the country which has won the supreme award three times. In line with its latest winner, and its epic intentions, the...

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