What are some examples of great beers in New Zealand? I'm a huge fan of any kind of strong ale, though India Pale Ales and stouts are probably my favorites. I won't be able to make Wellington, which I have gathered is the capital of NZ beer; hiking is my first love and the glaciers, Routeburn, and Mount Cook are all on the South Island. If only I had two more weeks to come see the North Island!
What are some really creative beers I should be on the lookout for when in Queenstown, Franz Josef, or Wanaka? For anyone who knows American beers (US citizen here), my favorite breweries are Stone, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Deschutes, and Bear Republic. I know you kiwis gotta have some incredible beers, judging from one of my favorite Sierra Nevada brews: Southern Hemisphere Wet Hop Harvest, which uses New Zealand hops. Your climate must be incredible for growing them.Edited: 23 March 2011, 5:01