When we first started planning the beast that would become Hop Burns & Black (in March 2013, would you believe it - good things take time), we knew that we wanted to be specialists in New Zealand craft beer. Our firm belief is that the Kiwi craft beer scene is one of the most exciting on the planet - and that's not just because we were born there....
When we opened at the end of November, our single biggest order was for a mega-shipment of New Zealand beers from the mighty Yeastie Boys, Tuatara and Renaissance. You thirsty folk pretty much drank us dry on most of our lines by the end of January, so it was a relief to hear there was more on the way.
In great news for British beer fans, Yeastie Boys, Tuatara and Renaissance have joined together, with Three Boys and 8 Wired, to form the New Zealand Craft Beer Collective with the goal to bring the best of NZ beer to the UK. A new distribution network means we'll be seeing more NZ beers in more places more often. This is ALL GOOD.
In the meantime, we've nabbed an unholy amount of the Collective's first shipment and you can find it on our shelves, in our fridges and on #flagonfill. We aren't exaggerating when we say that some of these beers will rank among the best you've ever tasted.
We're holding a tap takeover celebration from 5pm on Thursday 19th Feb, with four great NZ beers on #flagonfill and loads of free tasters, and our shelves and fridges are bursting with Kiwi booze,
But while we've nabbed as much as we possibly can, we still have very small amounts of some lines, so you really don't want to snooze on this. Come on down and check out what might just be the UK's largest retail range of NZ craft beer - 30+ different beers and counting. And every single one of them rocks.