Here are our top picks from the distinct profiles of the local New Zealand Pilsner, the straight-shooting Pale Lager, and the balancing act “mini-style” session brews.
Emerson’s Brewery Bookbinder Session Ale
Has there ever been a year this reliable and delicious session ale hasn’t rated? With biscuit malts, and hints of orange and passionfruit, it’s delightfully balanced and rewarding, with a low 3.7% ABV.
This beer is the original New Zealand Pilsner and poured with a great, white head. There were light bready malt characters, citrus, and hints of sulphur. Easy drinking, it finished with a dry bitterness.