If you’re a New Zealander and haven’t yet seen the latest Taika Watiti film Hunt for the Wilderpeople then you’re one of the very few. It’s currently the country’s second highest-grossing movie with only Waititi’s Boy from 2010 ahead of it.
Based on the popular 1986 book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been adapted for a modern audience while retaining the down-to-earth Kiwi charm of the original, and in quite a modern fashion Tuatara have produced a cheeky little brew to celebrate the event.
There is a good yarn behind this beer too according to the brewer. A portion of the hops used were gathered from a secret location ‘hidden deep in the leafy grottos of the Waikanae River’ where they grow wild and free. Check out the promo vid.
So, does the brew match the movie hype?
It pours a clear deep golden colour with a sweet floral hoppy aroma. The hops give it a bitter edge not unlike that of the Iti Pale Ale but here it is balanced to better effect with an earthy, grapefruityness that tangles nicely with the bite.
The result is a slightly unusual but very drinkable take on a NZ Pale Ale.
It was an elusive beast to track down as there was obviously a limited supply but I’m glad I did and I’ll be keeping an eye out around this time next year to see if Tuatara uses these ‘wild hops’ again in another brew… or perhaps it was all just a clever marketing ruse…
Hops: Pacific Jade, Columbus, Cascade & Wild Fresh Hops.
Malt: NZ Pilsner, Wheat, Light Crystal.
Here’s the very catchy ‘Ricky Baker’ theme song Trifecta by Taika’s old mates The Phoenix Foundation.