Soren Eriksen 8 Wired Soren Eriksen 8 Wired CREDIT: Pead PR - Food Team

Berlin White launches at 16 TUN

Thursday 28 May 2015, 1:57PM
By Pead PR - Food Team

Hippy Berliner may sound like a contradiction in terms given the legacy of the words - but those who know 8 Wired brewer Soren Eriksen will hardly be surprised.

Renowned for his can-do attitude and creative beer styles, the Danish-born craftsman’s latest brew is a Berliner Weisse or lightly soured wheat beer that originated in northern Germany.

Now Hippy Berliner is coming to the taps at popular Wynyard Quarter craft brew free house 16 TUN for an exclusive June launch before hitting taps right around the country. Eriksen and his trusty American mate Brian Watts - aka the International Man of Beer - will be on hand to guide people through the tasting.

8 Wired brews are very much sought after says 16 TUN’s craft beer manager Ben Hartigan.

“Wireless Pale Ale, 8 Wired’s previous launch at the pub sold out within the day so you’ll need to get in early to enjoy Hippy Berliner.”

Berliner Weisse is dry hopped with Amarillo and Citra bringing it in at 4.5%ABV and 8 Wired has taken a new world approach to a traditional style by dry hopping.

Hippy Berliner is a cloudy sour beer style dating back to at least the 16th Century and is often mixed with pale lager to balance the sourness.

Eriksen says Hippy Berliner is a beer that most beer fans will want to try.

“And even non-beer drinkers will enjoy it I’m sure. The hoppy flavours in the beer make it much more palatable than the traditional dry, sour Beliner Weisse.

“Although the Hippy Berliner is not as dry or sour as the traditional Berliner Weisse, the syrups work really well with the flavours of the beer. Fruity is the best way to describe it; it tastes a bit like grapefruit juice.”

Ben Hartigan says the style is traditionally served with a shot of fruit syrup.

“So 16 TUN is making some special fruit syrups and we’re offering these with each drink so people can create their very own versions of the Hippy Berliner. We will most likely be making a feijoa syrup and a lime syrup where the sweetness of the syrup and its fruit flavour contrasts with the sharp dry flavours of a Berliner Weiss.”

16 TUN is also serving three additional 8 Wired beers on launch day – Flat White on Nitro, Hopwired and the Farmhouse Pale Ale.

Hippy Berliner is being launched at 16 TUN on Jellicoe Street in Wynyard Quarter from 5:30pm on Friday 5 June.

About 16 TUN

16 TUN is a Free House in Wynyard Quarter’s North Wharf that specialises in craft beer. 16 TUN has 10 craft tap brews available for between three and six months depending on demand. It also stocks an extensive bottle offering – around eight different styles from Stout and Porter through to IPAs and Pilsners. The 16 TUN kitchen provides a wide variety of popular Kiwi food in “half tun” and “full tun” portions that are perfectly matched to the craft beer being served.