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Today, part of the Wellington arm of FSpace Publications is at Beervana - a celebration of all things craft beer in New Zealand along with Australian and other invitational locations - such as a few UK breweries eing a significant presence this year.

Beervana is a chance to escape the daily grind of product development, or day job contracts (for those lucky to get them). It is also a chance to loosen up and discuss ideas for the future. Not an intense brainstorming period - but more a loose flow where the mind gets to wander around a bit.

On the more practical side, you get to learn a few tips from brewers. And while not official, 3 different FSpace batches of beer have been brewed in the last few years. Not a commercial endeavour - more something of a hobby. These days, who wouldn’t love to work in a creative workspace that offered it’s own in-house brew!.

Our inhouse brewing label is called Lazy Leopard Brewery - named after the office rug leopard - namely Kiri the house cat.

The first brew I tried was a Red Ale - a lightly hopped full malt ale with a undertone of lemon and black pepper. In truth I wanted to brew a lemon pepper lager to go with curries or fish and chips - but changed the base recipe to a Golden Ale and then went red. About a year later I discovered some commercial brewery that did a one off beer in a similar style.

The second brew was a more traditional malt base cloudy light wheat beer with a hint of mandarin zest. This went down a treat. We could have done with a lot more mandarin zest. It was a beer without any hops at all - a surprise to many. Many proclaimed it could no be a beer without Hops. A lot of people have forgotten the purpose of Hops, and that our ancestors used other things - think Gruit - which I tried one at Beervana last year - not to be repeated. But yes - you can do beer without Hops. Refrigeration allows us to preserve our beer longer - and you avoid the bitterness that hops can add.

The current batch being consumed is a lightly malted blackberry wheat beer with a dash of lemon and cranberry. It can be clear or cloudy, and with a subtle pink cast, the blackberry taste is subtle to complement the delicate wheat. The recipe used about half the level of hops you’d find in a standard malt lager. The great thing with this beer was the blackberry and the cranberry used was all sourced from right on the property of the home office. Local sourcing will continue to be a future theme.

So Beervana is a great place to source inspiration, talk shop and take a break. I’ll post a photo or two from the event to this article tomorrow.

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