Not available for Android!
New Zealand is shaping up as one of the global powerhouses within the craft beer scene. Epic, Emersons, Moa, Tuatara, Garage Project and 8 Wired are leading the charge, and it is the latter which has delivered what is easily one of the best non-seasonal stouts available today. Say hello to 8 Wired: iStout (Siri coming soon!).
Describing the balance and overall impact of iStout is no easy task. Perhaps if an anvil were to be dropped upon one end of a see-saw, with a budgie sat at the opposite; the two then collide in mid-air. The question is: is the budgie the peat element, or is it that of the coffee? Both elements of flavour come on so strong that the impact is truly telling.
The bottle is easy enough to find at specialty beer stores, however on tap, iStout is something of a rarity. Asking Siri where you might find it next may yield disappointing results. Instead, download the excellent Now Tapped! app (iOS or Android) and keep your eyes peeled.
* Frankly, I would love to see that budgie completely obliterated; that silly little bird that makes that irritating noise whenever a Samsung Galaxy S owner is alerted to a new text message.