I feel like I spent a good chunk of this year talking about how much I love Yeastie Boys and their delicious beers. In fact, I probably spent twice as much time talking about them as I did drinking them.
Today I went to purchase beer that had nothing to do with the Yeastie Boys at all. I was buying Belgian beers for New Year’s day (although in somewhat of a link, Stu said something along the lines of wanting to only brew Belgian styles on the recent Beer Diary podcast). But my eyes spied a copy of their 5 year anniversary zine, published in September to mark the occasion, it’s just arrived in Australia. So I grabbed it and decided that my last piece of writing for the year needed to be a little bit of a love in, all about the Yeastie Boys.
I love those guys.
Do I really need to say more?
I will anyway.
When I was starting out with this blog, I happened to be in Christchurch for a few days, which co-incided with a Yeastie Boys event. Seeing me mention that I was in Christchurch, Stu (one of the Yeasties) tweeted me and asked if I wanted to join them for a beer. As someone who hadn’t met many brewers at that point I was surprised and flattered. I know that might sound a bit silly but these guys were people I already admired and to be asked to drink a beer with them is an exciting thing (also worth noting that Søren from 8 Wired was there at the time, soon after being listed as a top 100 brewer in the world on review website Ratebeer, so it was extra exciting).
Since then I’ve only met them a handful of times and always during beer events so I never have as much time as I would like to chat properly to either Sam or Stu, but each time is always a treat and a pleasure.
So now I am celebrating the year’s end by reading their 5 year zine and drinking a beer that they gifted me, a Motueka Raven, their Black IPA brewed with Liberty Brewing.
I got this bottle after seeing they were having a tasting and mentioning on twitter that I couldn’t make it. Sam, who was hosting the tasting, was kind enough to leave a bottle behind the counter for me. I promptly put it in my fridge for a rainy day.
Then Motueka Raven became commercially available in Australia so I held on to my bottle, with Stu’s oft repeated mantra “fresh is not best” in the back of my mind.
It smells like dusty cocoa and mandarin, with a slight hint of oxidization, while looking gorgeous in the glass. Pitch black, with a proud white head. The taste is long, longer than a fresh one, with rich coffee and chocolate from the malt, a nice bitterness while the mandarin/citrus flavour comes back before everything settles on the palate with an extended finish.
It’s a lovely beer from two lovely guys. One that I won’t say got better with age, but different. Neither negatively or positively. And I guess that’s where the Yeastie Boys sit in my mind.
Something I love and as times goes, they don’t change a whole lot, but rather just get a bit different.
Your beetroot saison is tasting amazing right now. Please brew more saison.