Below is a list of beers that were on offer for MarchFest 2017.

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Tasting Notes

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 British Golden Ale Dale's Brewery   Golden Ale 5%  A cocktail of tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavours from locally grown Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops give this British-style blonde ale a distinctly summery Kiwi accent, but a grist comprising 100 per cent British malts (Maris Otter and pale crystal) maintains a degree of English civility and decorum. Happy days!


Eddyline Black IPA Eddyline Brewing Black IPA  5.3%  With its mellow level of carbonation, this beer pours with a tall mocha-coloured head, the body is opaque and very dark in colour. Juicy aroma with lots of orange and citrusy notes and some tropical flavours that soon transition into chocolate and cocoa notes and the hops become more pine-forward. Even for a black IPA, this stuff is black!


Black to the Future Founders Brewery Black Lager  5% A serious take on a classic style, this robust dark lager, is balanced perfectly and showcases the chocolate, coffee flavours of the malts in a clean and crisp way. Although the hops play second fiddle to the malt in this one, they are still lurking around in the background adding their own unique flavours. 
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Moving Target Hop Farm Brewery  Pilsner  5.3%  1st year Chinook and Riwaka Hops plus a healthy amount of Fuggle hop . Not often you can have these 3hops mature at the same time and picked form the vines in late February to make this green hop pilsner.

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That Beer  Hop Federation  Kolsch 5% Clean and crisp with a subtle fruit aroma on the nose. Refreshingly good. I want THAT BEER! 

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Horesebox / Concept Rye Pilsner 5% With nice delicate weaving and late additions of Motueka, Riwaka and Pacifica hops we balanced out the Rye kick which titivates the palate. Whirlpooling at a lower temperature of 80°C with more hops allowed us to induce a nicer nose and fruity flavour we think everyone in Nelson will go back for on the day.

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 Toffee Stout Lighthouse Brewery  Stout  5%  Promising to be a full-flavoured toffee stout perfect to pour over ice cream on a hot sunny day! 
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Karl's Home Brewery Saison 5.6% A Belgian Farmhouse Ale, or Saison. Originally brewed to quench the thirst of farm workers on a hot summer’s day, this beer gets most of its character from the Belgian yeast. Cloves, fruity flavours and a bit of that ‘Belgian-ness’ combine with the bready, malt flavours to make a beer perfect for the Nelson sunshine.

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Cherries and Berries McCashin's Witbier 5.2% Harvest berries meets European wit. Subtle and complex marriage of creamy wheat sweetness and muted berry tang; capturing the contrast of rich cherries and sharp gooseberries, harmonised in a classic wit style.

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Riverside Recliner MOA APA 5% Riverside Recliner is an American Style Pale Ale with strong hop aromas. Orange, tangelo and lemon dominate with tropical fruit also apparent. Bitterness is balanced with a lean malt profile. US and Oz hops.

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The Mussel Inn Universal Lovemaker 5% An easy drinking ale with Kawakawa (a medicinal plant valued by the Maori peoples as a health-sustaining tonic) included to stir your love juices, raspberry to incite the blush and manuka to maintain the rush. Mildly hopped and at 5% abv, no worries about spoiling the party!
 renaissance brewing logobehemoth brewery logo Bullion Golden Ale Renaissance / Behemoth Golden Ale 5.6% A beautiful golden ale, the taste can only be described as “angels crying on your tongue”. The malt structure is subtle, honeyish and slightly sweet from 3 different malts. The hops are NZ-grown Cascade and Centennial plus Ella and Galaxy from Australia. 

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The Sprig and Fern XPA 4.8% We bring together the best bits of an IPA and an APA to form a golden brew which oozes distinctive tropical, passionfruit and citrus notes. To make this truly our own style, instead of traditional US hops we have supported the NZ hop harvest by using locally grown Nelson hops.
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Townshend's Brewery / McLeods Lager 5% A hoppy lager utilising Golden Promise malt with a lager yeast strain. Heavily hopped with US Chinook and Amarillo. In a first for Marchfest, this Townshend’s/McLeod’s colab will be available in both kegs and casks so drinkers can taste the difference between a cask-conditioned beer (naturally-carbonated) and a kegged (artificially-carbonated) version.



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