When a Taupō beer gourmand receives collectively with a Taupo coffee gourmet, gold medals manifest.
Lakeman Brewing has received a gold medal in the forte beer category on the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) with their imperial chocolate stout The Hairy Wonka, created in collaboration with local espresso roaster Volcanic Coffee.
The Hairy Wonka turned into up against greater than 268 other strong point beers at the Australian International Beer Awards. The AIBAs is the area’s biggest annual beer awards with entries from over 320 breweries from 36 nations. All together, Lakeman Brewing entered seven beers and 6 received medals.
Co-proprietor and brewer James Cooper says they brewed The Hairy Wonka simply once and had saved 13 bottles to go into the awards.
“We kept 13 bottles, one to try and make certain it become up to scratch. Me, [brewers] Rory and Kenny went “wow this is exceptional!” after which we sent 12 bottles over to Australia.”
The Hairy Wonka changed into well obtained at the 2018 GABs Beer, Cider and Food Fest in Auckland. James says considering that then the beer had matured undoubtedly well and they might brew it again this 12 months and cellar it.
“It’s a massive beer, and it’s a collab with Volcanic Coffee, we delivered coffee, cacao, and cardamom.”
Volcanic Coffee owner Jimmy Baker is old friends with James and so he becomes pretty happy to go into a collaboration to supply the coffee, chocolate, and cardamom to create The Hairy Wonka.
Jimmy bought Volcanic Coffee years ago and has moved the roaster to a workshop at his dad’s residence in Tūrangi. He has also taken over The Volcano roaster in Ohakune and says his manner of creating coffee is in reality volcanic. The Taupō Caldera is inside the Pacific Ring of Fire and, eager to stick with the volcanic subject matter, Jimmy sources his beans from the ring of fireplace international locations Papua New Guinea, Central and South America. He says something a bit special was required for The Hairy Wonka and he desired a coffee bean with a stronger flavor a good way to not affect James’ stout recipe.
“We used beans from Indonesia due to the fact they may be denser and bigger. They can be roasted a bit darker and still keep their flavor.”
Following roasting, the beans had been cold pressed so that they stayed inside the candy variety and for a smoother final results.
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