Having recently made a significant investment in its own top-of-the-range canning line, Round Corner Brewing has launched two more New Zealand-inspired beers in 330ml format.
They join Round Corner’s ‘Jandals and Togs’ NZ session IPA and are inspired by the co-founders past experience of working at the Wellington Brewing Company in the early Noughties.
Most significantly, ‘10 Hours in LA’ (5.6% abv/£2.95/330ml) uses coveted Kiwi ‘Riwaka’ hops – rarely available in the UK now as they’ve become so popular back home. The West Coast IPA is described as a “Fiesta of hops, pouring a rich golden orange and packing a massive tropical punch”. The beer’s name is a nod to the notorious ten-hour stopover faced by everyone journeying from New Zealand to the UK via the US.
The second addition to the brewery’s line-up is ‘Mainland’ NZ Pilsner (5.2%/£2.70/330ml). Previously only available in kegs, ‘Mainland’ is the affectionate Kiwi name for the South Island of the pacific nation. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops, it’s described as “Pouring light golden with a luscious foam, this is a bright Pilsner with a long, soft, bitterness matched by a delicate fruitiness reminiscent of gooseberries.”
And the New Zealand-inspired beers won’t end there. Round Corner has just secured some much-hyped ‘Nectaron’ kiwi hops and they plan to make a classic Pacific Ale called ‘Cuba Street’ – after the home of their favourite watering holes back in Wellington.
Since December 2018, Round Corner Brewing has been producing beers in Melton Mowbray, based in what is Britain’s oldest livestock market. Melton’s the only place in the country that’s home to two ‘origin’ foods; the eponymous pork pie and stilton cheese – the ‘round corner’ of which the brewery is named after.All its beers are the vision of co-owners Combie Cryan and Colin Paige. Head Brewer Colin is a veteran of breweries both here in the UK (Fullers and Hopback) and also in Australasia (Macs, Stone & Wood and Thunder Road) and Asia (Archipelago).
Together, they have a simple vision – to brew uncommonly good, accessible beers. Ones that avoid novelty and that are, instead, exceptional beers and great examples of their style.