Two heads better than one… a beer-wine collab tonight in Wellington

What do a Wairarapa winery and a Wellington brewery have in common? A tasting at Regional Wines at 6pm tonight will reveal all…

A winery and a brewery may seem like an odd couple to collaborate on making a tasty drink but tonight’s launch of of Pushmi and Pullyu may just prove they can be a marriage made you know where…

The winery in question is Gladstone Vineyard from Gladstone in the central Wairarapa and the brewery is the Yeastie Boys – a Wellington institution – which makes it fitting that the launch is to be held at another iconic capital city venue – Regional Wines & Spirits in Elice Street by the Basin Reserve.

The new drink is all about pushing boundaries, says winemaker Christine Kernohan and the collaboration is an aim to encourage New Zealanders to see wine and beer in a new light, as both creative, interchangeable and unique, says Stu McKinlay of Yeastie Boys.

“People tend to label themselves as either wine or beer people. Wine has trouble breaking out of its very traditional box and beer has trouble being taken seriously as something more than a BBQ accompaniment.”

The collaboration was initially conceived to raise money for the Arts Foundation.

Pushmi… 13.5% ABV, RRP $31.50, 750 ml

Pushmi is a co-fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, which were fermented together in 50% older barrels to add weight to the wine, some of which was then kept on  lees for an extended period with fortnightly stirring to promote palate weight.

Pullyu… 7% ABV, RRP $18.40, 750ml

Pullyu is a strong white ale made using a portion of Gladstone Vineyard’s Pushmi white wine with malts and hops, which create flavours of spice, cereal and floral notes.

RRP $18.40 (750ml bottle)

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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