Richard Emerson looks on as Russ Gosling, head brewer for
Little Creatures Brewery, in Fremantle, Australia, shovels
out the mash during a brewing session at Emerson's Brewery
in Dunedin on Saturday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A new transtasman rivalry was brewing in Dunedin at the
After agreeing to a friendly craft beer challenge with
Fremantle brewery Little Creatures, Emerson's Brewery began
brewing an Australian Red IPA on Saturday.
The brew was part of an inaugural event, in which the two
breweries challenged each other to make a beer they had not
Unlike other transtasman rivalries, this one was born out of
mutual respect and they had initially planned to do a
collaborative brew before settling on a challenge.
Emerson's Brewery founder Richard Emerson said they liked the
beer Little Creatures produced.
''We like the way they brew. We think they are pretty cool
guys,'' Mr Emerson said.
The challenge involved using Australian hops, which Emersons
had not done in the past.
It would be up to beer aficionados to judge the final result
when the brews were released on the market. Emerson's IPA
will come out in October.
Little Creatures head brewer Russ Gosling, who along with his
brewing engineer Brett Shore were on hand to assist at
Saturday's brew day, said the challenge put the two breweries
outside their comfort zones.
''The result of the challenge is that both of us are using
materials we wouldn't have chosen ourselves, '' Mr Gosling
Little Creatures was a ''bit bigger'' and computer-automated,
so it was nice work at a hands-on brewery again. Emerson's
Brewery was popular in Australia, he said.
''Everyone knows about Emerson's.''
Mr Emerson and head brewer Jim Falconer will head to
Fremantle in two weeks, to help Little Creatures with its