Special limited release craft beers

Alongside our traditional offerings, we regularly brew special limited release beers for competitions, to take advantage of seasonal events such as the local hop harvest, and just for the fun of it! Most are strictly limited in volume and will sell out fast - so if you're keen to try them, head down to your local Sprig & Fern Tavern without delay.

Many of these limited releases are also medal winners. You can find out more about our award winning beers on the Awards page. Get advance notice of our upcoming releases - sign up here to receive our email newsletter.

X.P.A - March 2017

It is possible to have the best of both worlds. Take our Limited Release X.P.A for example.

We bring together the best bits of an I.P.A and an A.P.A to form a golden brew which oozes distinctive tropical, passionfruit and citrus, both in aroma and flavour.

To make this truly our own style, instead of traditional US hops we have used locally grown Nelson hops.

4.8%

Mango & Lime Cider - December 2016

As the ol’ saying (almost) goes - ‘when life gives you mango & limes, make an awesome summer cider’. And so that’s exactly what we’ve done by bringing you our limited release Mango & Lime Cider.

Packed with the sweetness of magdalena mango from Colombia and the subtle balance of lime from the Motueka region. This fresh and delicious cider is sure to be as essential as jandals and suncream.

4% ABV

Bohemian Pilsner - October 2016

The world owes the town of Plzen (Pilsen) a debt of gratitude, for it was here in the Czech province of Bohemia, on 5 October 1842, that the first modern batch of Pilsner was brewed.

Our Limited Release Bohemian Pilsner pays homage to this hugely popular beer style, with its golden colour, balanced malt base and a crisp, refreshing hop finish.

4.8% ABV

West Coast IPA - January 2017

Brewers on the Wild West Coast of the USA have a reputation for pushing the envelope, and cramming as much hops into their beer as possible. We’ve used an abundance of US hops to craft this hop forward West Coast IPA.

Dry hopped in the fermenter, this beer displays a moderate floral, piney and citrus aroma and flavour which are typical of American hops.

5.5% ABV

Harvest Pilsner ~ April 2016

Harvest Pilsner ~ 5.0%
You can almost feel the anticipation in the air! It's that time of year again, the end of another long, hot Summer in Nelson, and the hops have finally been harvested. Then we get them off the vines and straight down the road to the Brewery, where we make our freshly hopped, special limited release Harvest Pilsner - New Zealand's Highest Awarded Pilsner. Harvest Pilsner will be on Tap in Sprig & Fern Taverns today, and available at selected craft beer outlets and Supermarkets nationwide. Enjoy it while you can.

Extra Special Bitter ~ September 2016

Britain might be leaving the EU but her proud brewing tradition lives on, spread far and wide throughout the world. This limited release Exit Special Bitter continues the fine legacy of British ESB - full bodied with a strong malt base, richly flavoured with a fantastic blend of fruity, spicy and floral hop character.

5.5% ABV.

Galactic Pale Ale ~ November 2015

Galactic Pale Ale ~ 5.0% ABV
From out of the deep, dark and unexplored nether regions of the cosmos, comes... Sprig & Fern Galactic Pale Ale. Our summer special release is a golden Australian Pale Ale brewed with the most internationally recognised of Aussie hops - Galaxy. The Galaxy hop gives passionfruit, peach and citrus aroma and flavours.

White IPA ~ Marchfest 2016 collaboration brew

Sprig & Fern White IPA ~ 5.4%
Our Special Release for Marchfest this year is a collaboration brew with Steve Plowman of Auckland's Hallertau Brewery.

White IPA's are traditionally brewed with a malt base of Belgian Wit and some have spice additions, however we focused on creating a lighter colour and body to let the boldness of the hops shine through. The resulting brew is light golden in colour with distinct citrusy, tropical fruit aroma and flavour derived from the copious amounts of US and NZ hops used.

Dunkelweizen ~ September 2015

Dunkelweizen ~ 5.1%
Dunkelweizen is a darker version of a German Weissbier or Weizenbier (more commonly known as a Hefeweizen). 'Dunkel' means 'dark' in German and 'Weizen' stands for wheat - therefore a dark wheat beer.
Brewed with darker speciality malts and 50% wheat malt which is traditional for style, it has pronounced clove, vanilla, nutmeg and banana flavours, and delivers chocolate and roasted notes. Dunkelweizen also has a noticeable cloudy appearance.

Black Beer Month ~ July / August 2015

Black Tyre Stout ~ 4.2%
A traditional Milk Stout, also known as a Cream or Sweet Stout. Speciality roasted malts and the addition of lactose makes this pleasantly creamy and full flavoured with lighter carbonation.

Raspberry Infused Stout 4.2%
Our cream stout has been infused with raspberries. The tartness of the raspberry is a good foil to the sweetness of the stout. Roasted, smooth and fruity.

Black I.P.A. 6.0%
This is an evolving beer style that lacks the roastiness of a stout but is hoppier than a porter. This beer was dry hopped with an abundance of American hops giving a big hop aroma and flavour.

Long Black I.P.A. (Beervana Media Brew) ~ August 2015

Back in August we took part in Beervana’s Media Brew, and were paired up with Cuisine magazine for the collaboration. The theme was 'Flag Brew - capturing the taste of New Zealand' - and after a quick trip to a local coffee roasters, Cuisine’s digital editor Amy Stewart and our Tracy started getting their hands dirty back at the Brewery. The resulting brew is Long Black I.P.A. – a black I.P.A. made with espresso from award-winning Pomeroys Coffee & Tea Company.

Nelson Sauvin Pilsner ~ June 2015

Nelson Sauvin Pilsner ~ 5.0%
Our next fresh hop beer will be released today - June 9th. The Nelson Sauvin hop is a fantastic, dual-purpose hop meaning it has great bittering properties and also produces a moderately strong hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and other citrus aromatics jump out of the glass whilst balancing well with the malt sweetness and crisp Pilsner aftertaste.

As always, there's only a limited amount so get into your nearest Sprig & Fern Tavern without delay, and savour the last of the fresh hop pilsners for this season.

Kohatu Pilsner ~ June 2015

Kohatu Pilsner ~ 5.0%
They say all good things must come to an end, and that is surely the case with the release of our fifth and final fresh hopped beer of the 2015 season, Kohatu Pilsner.

The Kohatu hop was released from the NZ Plant and Food Research Hop Breeding Programme in 2011, and this year, Kentishman Hop Farm in the Moutere grew it for the first time. We were fortunate enough to get the first pickings from the vine, and this limited release Pilsner is the result. True to style, the Kohatu Pilsner has a crisp aftertaste and displays subtle, fresh tropical fruit characteristics.

Motueka Pilsner ~ May 2015

Motueka Pilsner ~ 5.0%
Our second fresh hop release of the season, Motueka Pilsner (5%), is now available in Sprig & Fern Taverns. Grown in Upper Moutere, the hops are freshly picked in the morning and in the brew by lunchtime the same day, giving it those lovely passionfruit characteristics. The beer has a crisp Pilsner finish and a wonderful hop bouquet - a reflection of fresh Nelson hops at their very best. Don't delay - there's only a very limited amount available, so Motueka Pilsner won’t be around for long.

Harvest Pilsner ~ April 2015

New Zealand's highest awarded Pilsner!
This freshly hopped Harvest Pilsner has won medals (the last four have been gold) in five consecutive years at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand International Beer Awards and is eagerly awaited by craft beer lovers every year. This year we have used two freshly picked hops, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin, harvested at Kentishman Hop Farm in Upper Moutere, a stone’s throw away from the Brewery. As well as the distinctive hop bouquet gained from using fresh hops, Motueka gives passion fruit and tropical notes and Nelson Sauvin bold citrus aromas. With a crisp and dry Pilsner finish this triple gold medal winning beer is one to savour now before it’s all gone.

Harvest Pilsner will be launched in the  Sprig & Fern Taverns on the 24th of April. This year for the first time a limited amount will also be available in 1.3 litre riggers at selected supermarkets and liquor stores. Don't delay - this brew is strictly limited and will run out fast!

Pacifica Paley Aley ~ Marchfest 2015

Pacifica Paley Aley ~ 3.4%
This is a 5.5% International Style Pale Ale brewed with some of the first hops to be harvested at this year's Hop Harvest. We used freshly picked Pacifica hops from Kentishman Hops in the Upper Moutere that give fruity and floral notes. The hops also give an orange marmalade aroma to this beer.

On tap commercially for the first time at Marchfest (which is part of the Marchfest rules) - this beer was extremely popular and sold out on the day. It has now been launched in Sprig & Fern Taverns today (31st March) and is only available for a very limited time!

Wai-iti Lager ~ February 2015

Wai-iti Lager ~ 3.4%
Brewed with a trio of hops, this 3.4% lager is light and refreshing. 'Bigger' beers naturally have more body, but it’s a little known fact that lower-alcohol beers can be harder to brew so Tracy was really put to the test on this one! Wai-iti hops have been used for the first time in our brewing process and were used as our main hop addition, to give the beer a zesty blend of citrus characteristics.

Lemongrass Wheat ~ December 2014

Lemongrass Wheat ~ 4.2%
We wanted to create something light and refreshing for the Summer months, so we've combined the spicy, lemony notes of lemongrass with the popular citrus-dominant Nelson Sauvin hop. To keep it light, we've used a wheat malt for a lighter body. The result... a refreshing, light summer beer with a distinctive citrus zing. Enjoy.

Hop Medley ~ November 2014

Hop Medley ~ 5.0%
Hop Medley is an European-style Pilsner which showcases New Zealand hops. It features a whopping eight different Nelson grown hops - Nelson Sauvin, Wakatu, Motueka, Riwaka, Pacific Gem, Dr Rudi, Green Bullet and NZ Cascade. Hop Medley has a medium body, with a typically moderate Pilsner bitterness and bready, biscuity and malty notes. This is a refreshing beer for a nice, hot sunny day.

American Pale Ale ~ July 2014

American Pale Ale ~ 5.2%
This medium bodied APA has been brewed with US Chinook (pronounced shin-ook) and copious amounts of the popular US Cascade hop giving citrus, floral and pine characteristics that these American hop varieties are known for. A portion of the hops were added during fermentation which is not uncommon for this style of beer.

The APA was first released at the Nelson Art Expo, in conjunction with the announcement of the Fresh Choice People's Choice Art Award winner. The limited run rigger label features the award winning painting by artist Nikki Romney.

The Freshly Hopped Series returns with 3 green hopped Nelson Pilsners ~ April 2014

Harvest Pilsner ~ 5.0%
Our eagerly awaited Harvest Pilsner is back! The hops for this years' brew were grown at the Kentishman Hop Farm in Upper Moutere. We have used two freshly picked hop varieties, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin, with Motueka delivering notes of passionfruit and Nelson Sauvin giving bold citrus notes. The beer has a nice crisp Pilsner finish and a wonderful hop bouquet aroma. Enjoy.

Nelson Sauvin Harvest Pilsner ~ 5.0%
The second release of the series, the Nelson Sauvin Harvest Pilsner is released once the Harvest Pilsner runs out. Nelson Sauvin is a fantastic dual purpose hop meaning it has great bittering properties and also produces a moderately strong hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and other citrus aromatics jump out of the glass whilst balancing well with the malt sweetness and crisp Pilsner aftertaste.

Motueka Harvest Pilsner 5%
Our third and final fresh hop release of the series, this Pilsner has been brewed with Motueka hops. These hops are a little more subtle than Nelson Sauvin and they display passionfruit and tropical notes to both the aroma and flavour rather than the citrus tones of Nelson Sauvin. Once again, this has a nice crisp finish and the balance of hops and malt just perfect for a Pilsner.

Black Tyre Stout ~ March 2014

Black Tyre Stout ~ 4.4%
Named in honour of all the cyclists and mountain bikers who are big supporters of the Sprig & Fern, this limited release is a traditional Milk Stout, also known as a Cream or Sweet Stout. A blend of oats and speciality roasted malts followed by an addition of lactose makes this pleasantly creamy and full flavoured. We have purposely targeted a lower carbonation because of the style of this stout, the lighter carbonation being much better for the creamy taste of the beer.

Brewer's Pearl: Tracy Banner celebrates 30 years in the brewing industry ~ September 2013

Brewer's Pearl ~ 6.85%
Our latest limited release, celebrating Tracy's 30 years in the brewing industry is a specialty beer brewed with a combination of peated and smoked malt as well as 5 other malts that give this beer its depth and complexity. In addition to the malts, Bush Honey has been added giving a delicate honey aroma which compliments the smoked and roast malt characteristics of this beer.

Peated Malt is malt that has been smoked over burning peat and is used in the production of some malt whiskeys. Smoked malt is typically dried over an open flame giving a distinctive smokey flavour.

Barrel Aged Ruby Ale ~ August 2013

Barrel Aged Ruby Ale ~ 6.5%
The very delicious and limited Barrel Aged Ruby Ale hits the taps at your nearest Sprig & Fern tavern this month. It's been aged in a reconditioned French Oak Chardonnay barrel, which gives this deep ruby ale delicate notes of vanilla, caramel, medium oak and toasty characteristics. There's only one keg per Tavern, so if you're keen to try it, don't delay.

3 Green Hopped Nelson Pilsners ~ April 2013

Harvest Pilsner ~ 5.0%
The 2013 Harvest Pilsner is on tap and as always, it's being chopped through pretty fast! We can't give you the complete tasting notes just yet, as we're running a competition in conjunction with our 'Freshly Hopped Series' of 3 green-hopped limited releases. The competition invites you to try the beer, rate it, and complete the tasting notes to win $50 bar tab prizes. Entry form are in Taverns.

Nelson Sauvin Pilsner ~ 5.0%
The second release of the series, Nelson Sauvin Pilsner will follow once the Harvest Pilsner runs out.

Motueka Pilsner ~ 5.0%
The third and final release of the series, the Motueka Pilsner will follow once the Nelson Sauvin Pilsner runs out.

Oceania Ale ~ April 2013

Oceania Ale ~ 5.0%
A trifecta of Nelson grown Pacific hops varieties have been added to this copper-coloured brew at varying times in the kettle boil. Pacific Gem was added for its great "bittering" qualities, along with Pacifica and Pacific Jade for their fruity, floral and citrus properties. This crisp Pale Ale has been brewed using 3 speciality malts - Munich, Crystal and Wheat Malt. Oceania Ale is available at your nearest Sprig & Fern Tavern, as always, until it runs out.

Oatmeal Stout ~ March 2013

Oatmeal Stout - 5.3%
Our Oatmeal Stout contains a blend of oats and speciality roasted malts that create a pleasant, full-flavoured and smooth taste. This year we have lifted the Oatmeal to 10% of the malt grist to provide even more of that delicate, creamy smoothness. With caramel, coffee, chocolate and nut-like flavours dominant, the black hue and creamy head give this stout the perfect finish.

It will be on tap at your local Sprig & Fern Tavern from Friday March 15, just in time to be enjoyed for St Patrick's Day.
Sláinte - to your good health!

Hefeweizen - Back by popular demand! ~ October 2012

Hefeweizen ~ 5.4%
Our Summer beer is back, and it's a beauty! Hefeweizen is a wheat beer made with at least 50% malted wheat, and is traditionally unfiltered. The word “Hefe” means yeast and “Weizen” means wheat. Our Hefeweizen is brewed faithfully to style using 100% German malts and a noble Hallertau hop addition. This beer delivers a smooth delicate banana and fruity aroma with some clove spiciness. It is medium bodied with a slight tart aftertaste. In homage to tradition, it's unfiltered and has a noticeable cloudy appearance.

Harvest Pilsner ~ Sept 2012

Harvest Pilsner ~ 5% (Gold Medal BGNZ 2012)
This year's annual Harvest Pilsner was brewed with two different freshly picked hops. The ripe hops were picked in the morning from hop vines in Tapawera and added to the brew by lunchtime. Grapefruit 'citrus' and passionfruit characters dominate this typically crisp Pilsner, a beautiful beer that is a perfect reflection of fresh Nelson hops at their finest.

Barrel Aged Ruby Ale ~ Sept 2012

Barrel Aged Ruby Ale ~ 6.5% (Silver Medal BGNZ 2012)
Aged in a reconditioned French Oak Chardonnay barrel for 8 months, this deep ruby ale delivers delicate notes of vanilla, caramel, medium oak and toasty characteristics. This was a hit with our patrons last year and it's received a silver medal two years running at the Brewers Guild of NZ Awards - pretty darn good!

Prototype 1 ~ Sept 2012

Prototype 1 ~ 8.0% (First release)
Barrel aged in a Kentucky Bourbon barrel, this dark ale was the first beer to go into the barrel after it was used for Bourbon. The bourbon characteristics are pronounced with subtle undertones of caramel, chocolate and coffee. This beer is warming, with a smooth and silky texture.

Ole Jamaican Ale ~ Sept 2012

Ole Jamaican Ale ~ 9.4% (First release)
We added several kilos of sun dried Californian raisins to this strong German-style lager that was matured in a Jamaican rum barrel. The addition of the raisins gives a rich sweetness, full fruit and balances well with the rum. It packs quite a punch at 9.4% though so take it easy!

American Amber Ale ~ May 2012

American Amber Ale ~ 5.6%
This ale is brewed using an American ale yeast and three varieties of US hops - Zythos, Centennial and Cascade - which give both citrus and fruity notes to the brew. It is beautifully balanced with toasted malt characteristics from the blend of 6 speciality malts and it finishes nicely with an amber/orange hue.

Harvest Pilsner ~ April 2012

Harvest Pilsner ~ 5.0%
This year, our eagerly awaited annual Harvest Pilsner has been brewed with two different varieties of very freshly picked hops. The ripe hops were picked in the morning from hop vines in Tapawera and added to the brew by lunchtime. Grapefruit “citrus” and passionfruit characters dominate this typically crisp Pilsner - a beautiful beer that is a perfect reflection of fresh Nelson hops at their finest. Enjoy it while you can, because it does not last long!

Sprig and Fern's Harvest Pilsner has been regularly awarded at the BrewNZ Awards, winning Gold in 2012, Silver in 2011 and Silver in 2010.

Oatmeal Stout ~ March 2012

Oatmeal Stout ~ 4.5%
A blend of oats and specialty roasted malts make this pleasant, full flavoured and delicately smooth tasting. With caramel, coffee, chocolate and nut-like flavours dominant, the black hue and creamy head finish the beer off perfectly. Released just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

Hefeweizen ~ January 2012

Hefeweizen ~ 5.4%
Our Summer beer is here, and it's a beauty! Hefeweizen is a wheat beer made with at least 50% malted wheat, and is traditionally unfiltered. The word “Hefe” means yeast and “Weizen” means wheat. Our Hefeweizen is brewed faithfully to style using 100% German malts and a noble Hallertau hop addition. This beer delivers a smooth delicate banana and fruity aroma with some clove spiciness. It is medium bodied with a slight tart aftertaste. In homage to tradition, it's unfiltered and has a noticeable cloudy appearance.

Black Bruges ~ September 2011

Black Bruges ~ 5.5%
Our final 2011 Special Release was brewed in homage to our national rugby team. Despite its dark colour, Black Bruges is actually a light to medium bodied, easy drinking beer, similar to the Pale Ale or Tasman Lager. We entered Black Bruges as a 'Festive brew' at the 2011 BrewNZ Beer Awards in Wellington, where the theme for the awards was ‘Let’s go…black’ and were awarded a bronze medal for this one.

Black Bruges is brewed in a Schwarzbier style. Schwarzbier are typically German-style but we have put a spin on this and brewed a Belgium Schwarzbier. Deep ruby to nearly black in colour - it is light to medium bodied with typical Belgian characteristics of cloves and spice.
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