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Sep 13, 2013 10:01 PM

Moa Brewing Company at the America’s Cup in San Francisco

New Zealand’s Moa Brewing Company has set up the pirate Bar of Arrrr! at America’s Cup Park during the America’s Cup series.

It’s also available at other the Cup’s other venues, and I had a chance to try Moa Methode at the pop-up Waiheke Island Yacht Club, America's Cup Pavilion.

Methode is fermented and conditioned in the bottle. Quite a vigorous bead on pouring, and the fine-grained bubbles lasted a long time. Fruity, citrus-tinged and scented with bread dough yeastiness, the influence of the Champagne yeasts was quite apparent to me. Not much in the way of bitterness, this light-bodied quaff was very refreshing with a clean, crisp finish and paired well with raw oysters.

With the caveat that I don’t drink much beer, this was very different than any beer I’ve tried before and I liked it very much. There doesn’t seem to be much on the board about Moa and I wanted to solicit opinions of this and other offerings.

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  1. I've been curious to try Moa. I've had other beers made with champagne yeasts, and they're not always successful (e.g. Calicraft's Buzzerkeley) but sometimes they're really good (e.g. Deus).

    I have a bottle of pinot noir barrel-aged imperial stout from them sitting in my closet. I may pick up a bottle of the Methode based on your description, sounds like something I'd like.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Josh

      Here's the thread on the Waiheke Island Yacht Club pop-up restaurant in SF where I had the beer. While the cup series may be ending prematurely, the restaurant will be open into December. Just wanted to let you know you don't have to rush over right now.

      I'm taking note of Deus.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Deus is expensive (about $28 for a Champagne-sized bottle) but remarkably delicious, and well worth the price.

        1. re: Tripeler

          Oh too bad, thanks for the head's up.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Moa Methode is $16/375mL at Healthy Spirits, so Deus is actually a little bit cheaper by volume.

            Another one you might enjoy is Wild Wit by Calicraft. It's another beer made with wine yeasts, but spiced with poppy seeds, coriander, Meyer lemon and Valencia oranges. It's one of my new favorite brews and is especially nice on a warm day. Much, much better than Buzzerkeley.

            1. re: Josh

              Thanks, another reason to drink up at Waiheke Island Yacht Club. A bottle of Moa Methode is $10 on the beverage list.

    2. Another good NZ brewer is 8 Wired. They have a saison made with Nelson hops called Saison Sauvin that I highly recommend.