The relatively young Kaikoura brewery has proved themselves the real deal with a second straight appearance in the Top 30. This tropical sour is exactly that – but with a twist: the tropical fruit flavours come from a crazy Norwegian yeast called kveik (difficult to pronounce but it’s like Kuwait, if it was spelt Kuwhyk). The sourness is very light, just a brisk acidity really and the fruit character is passionfruit, pineapple with a hint of spice. And the name? Well that’s what you do when a big earthquake hits, like the one that toppled over a fermenter filled with this beer in 2016 – it was Emporium’s first, very small commercial brew.
Slightly sour and with fresh topical notes, this unusual beer with its lively carbonation is dying for some oily fish such as mackerel or salmon. Add a bit of cream and some potatoes in the form of a smoked fish pie and you're in heaven.