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Blind Taste Tasting @ NZ’s Oldest Riverside Tavern

Beer Tasting is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities:

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Do you fancy yourself a beer drinker? Can you differentiate among different beers? I certainly cannot and still don’t know the difference between a lager and a pilsner. To be sure, I can pick out a gross IPA and can feel the thickness of a stout, but that’s about the extent of my capabilities. Unless it’s something obvious like a hefeweizen or Dunkel Weizen, chances are I will not get it right. This was confirmed during my blind tasting tour at The Riverhead, New Zealand’s Oldest Riverside Tavern (an interesting claim to fame).

a sign with a bar and umbrellas

The Brewery 

a table with a row of silver tanks and bottles a group of metal containers and glasses on a shelf a row of beer taps in a bar

The Hoppiness 

a paper with a drawing of people on it

a row of glasses of beer on a table
The beers were served and the tasting began.
a group of glasses of beer on a table
I got one right.

The Food

Beer snobs can look down on me for that showing, but I found real hoppiness in the food.

a plate of food and glasses of beer on a table a bucket of fried fooda bowl of nachos with chili and jalapenos a plate of food on a table


I am a pro when it comes to wine tasting (see Waimauku: Wine Tasting in Auckland), but beer? Not so much.



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