Britomart’s gastro pub introduces its Winter Series of craft beers this weekend with the Society of Beer Advocates’ (SOBA) aptly named City of Ales event in Auckland.

Two of The Brewery Britomart’s Winter Series beers will be served at the celebration at Q Loft, Auckland on Saturday June 23: Monk’s Hip Hop, a Belgian IPA will be launched there, and their Double Dutch Beligian Dubbel will also be on tap.

Other beers in the range include Sublime and Holy Smoke, while a fifth, “mystery” beer is yet to be named. “We’ve had all the fun tasting and naming, now we’ll let the people decide,” says John Morawski, co-owner of The Brewery Britomart. “They can taste its personality and share their ideas for the name”. He suggests people could find some clues in the ingredients which include roasted malt and chocolate malt.

In keeping with the gastro pub tradition, co-owners Laurence and John brew their beers on site, at the back of the heritage premises. “We serve from the tanks that we brew in, and our customers tell us they can taste the difference. It’s hand crafted so it can’t be anything but fresh,” explains Laurence. He also explained that he and John choose only natural ingredients sourced from around New Zealand.

Opening its doors for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, The Brewery Britomart’s history reaches back to the 1870s when it was originally a public hotel. Completely renovated into a gastro pub, the Brewery Britomart is one of only six genuine brewpubs in Auckland.

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