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Moa Festive Pine


Moa Festive Pine

Moa Festive Green Edition

As the silly season approaches, Moa’s Festive IPA series has come full circle from its humble beginnings. Inspired by 2014’s first Festive IPA the Green Edition, the Moa brewers have been hard at work so that table settings can yet again be graced with a new Festive brew, the Pine Edition.

Festive IPA Green

Moa Festive IPA Pine Edition

Super hoppy at 78 IBU, the brew is a step up on its predecessor the Green Edition as American hops take centre stage offering the traditional pine aroma many associate with Christmas. Head brewer David Nicholls would recommend serving the IPA in a Tulip Style aromatic glass over a meal of poultry or game surrounded by family and friends. Anyone for turkey and beer?





My Uncle John grew up working for his Dad clearing the bush clad Bombay Hills of scrub and gorse. This was during the early 1940s so there were always Air Force planes buzzing overhead as they traveled to and from Ardmore on training flights.

With nothing much else going on, Uncle John decided he would rather be an Air Force Pilot than a scrub cutter.  So he applied for the New Zealand Air Force and was promptly turned down. Then he applied for the Australian Air Force and was turned down again. But rather than give up he said “Bugger these useless bastards, I’ll try my hand with the Poms”

So he hitched a ride to Auckland , got on a freight ship to Europe and, due to some miscommunication, found himself stranded in northeast Italy. Luckily a couple of nuns from a local convent took him in for a few days, and then with no other options he stuck out a thumb and hitched to England where he applied and eventually got in to the RAF.  

Fast forward a few years and Uncle John was an RAF Fighter Pilot for 66 Squ6adron at Linton on Ouse, flying Sabres and Hawker Hunters.  He flew jet fighters in combat all over the world.

After retiring from the Air Force he became a captain for Cathy Pacific who were quite keen on hiring ex-fighter pilots to fly their Jumbos into Hong Kong when you still had to dodge buildings to get to the runway. 

He truly loved flying, and when he returned to New Zealand in 1982 the first thing he did was build his own plane so he could go to any fishing spot he wanted to without having to dick around on a boat.

This picture of him was taken in the Christmas Islands. He flew there, and caught this shark and GT. 

I thought he looked like Roger Moore.
He was a cool guy.





This Mexican beer cocktail is the perfect balance between salty, sour, spicy, bitter and umami flavours, creating a refreshing drink.  Great any day of the week, especially if your feeling a little under the weather. 


Equal parts tomato juice & Moa Original

1 Tsp of Lucky Taco Jalapeno hot sauce or more if you like it hot.

½ Tsp of Worcestershire sauce

½ Tsp of Soy sauce

Juice of half a lemon &lime

Serve over ice with a stick of celery

Moa Beer Michelada




For those who have been waiting, it’s back. For those who are yet to experience one of our Festive IPA limited releases – we have a new reason for you to give it a nudge. Head Brewer David Nicholls has ramped up our highly popular limited release Festive IPA brew yet again, this time with a Belgian twist and more hops.

The new Festive IPA (Belgian Edition) comes close to 80 IBU, stepping up the stakes in subtle mouth-numbing bitterness and bold hop aromas and flavours. With a distinctive royal purple and bronze label, the third installment of the Festive IPA series swaps American yeast for Belgian and sports a fusion of American and Belgian styles. Belgian qualities come from the Belgian Ale yeast, known for its fruity and spicy flavours, whilst the complementary American hops Citra and Amarillo used for aromatics bring a light and very drinkable American influence.

“As the third evolution of the Festive IPA brews, the Belgian Edition satisfies the beer believer’s need for a classic, strong hoppy beer that also excites the palette with complex fruity and spicy characters,” David says.

Tasting notes:

American style India Pale Ale fermented with a Belgian ale yeast. Hopped with Columbus for bittering, late hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra, and dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo, citrus (tangelo) and pine resin characters feature in this hop dominant IPA. At 75-80 IBU your mouth will be left comfortably numb, making it the perfect beer for the mid-winter festive season..


  • Limited to 750 cases (12x500ml).
  • Available at leading craft beer outlets, selected New World, Pak n’ Save, Four Square, FreshChoice supermarkets nationwide, selected Liquorland and independent bottle stores nationwide, and selected craft beer bars nationwide. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. 

About the Festive IPA series:

Our first Festive IPA (later named the Green Edition), was launched to coincide with the New Zealand Christmas/Summer Festive season in 2014, with pine-like hop characters to mirror the scent of freshly cut Christmas trees and embrace fond festive memories. The first release was a runaway success and with countless requests for more, David then created the Red Edition, an American IPA with smooth, caramel aromas from the medley of malts used. All-or-nothing American, the yeast used was American Ale yeast, and the hops used were all from America too. The Green Edition sat at about 70 IBU then the Red came in at 75 IBU.


After giving it a lot of thought we made the tough decision not to make the annual pilgrimage to Wellington for Beervana this year. Beervana is an amazing event for the beer community in New Zealand and we have always really enjoyed the opportunities it provides to meet and talk to new and old beer enthusiasts, sample and sell our range of beers to new and old Moa supporters, and generally enjoy and help foster the growing enthusiasm for a movement towards better beer in New Zealand.

But you can’t do everything all of the time and after exhibiting at the Great Kiwi Beer Festival, Marchfest, Taste of Sydney and GABS Melbourne earlier this year, along with GABS Sydney and Fieldays for the first time as well as putting on a series of Grape vs Grain wine and beer gourmet food matching dinners across the country, we’ll be giving Beervana a miss this year.

We’re planning on being back at Beervana again next year and have some great ideas about what we’d like to do, but for the time being we’ll be focusing on some other exciting projects (and new beers) we have got on the boil.


- Josh, David and the team at Moa



A hark back to brewing the way it was 7,000 years ago has seen Moa Brewing Co. take away three awards for its sour beers at the Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne last night.

Moa’s Sour Grapes 2014 Vintage and Cherry Sour 2013 Vintage each scored a silver in the 'Other Belgian/French Style Ale' category to pip offers from Italy to the US and even China. Moa’s Sour Blanc 2012 Vintage was then awarded a bronze in the 'Best Belgian/French Style Ale' section otherwise dominated exclusively by Belgian beers. 

A further six gongs were tallied up across the evening via variants from the brewery’s diverse range, totaling nine awards across the evening.

The AIBA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is the largest annual beer competition in the world assessing both packaged and draught beer. 

Sour beers have an intentionally acidic and tart taste to them, made by allowing wild or naturally occurring yeast strains into the brew.  The result is most akin to how beer was brewed naturally some 7,000 years ago.

“We’ve been working on our sour program for six years now, and we’re really pleased at how the beers have developed over the last few years in particular.  With sours being the hot category in the US craft scene right now, it’s fantastic to get some kudos that we’re delivering some world class beers,” says head brewer David Nicholls.

New Zealand brewer’s growing reputation for excellence was highlighted by ParrotDog, Epic, Lion and DB picking up trophies, with ParrotDog also picking up the title of Champion Small International Brewery.

The full Moa medal haul is as follows:

  • Silver - Moa Sour Grapes 2014 Vintage (Other Belgian/French style Ale)
  • Silver - Moa Cherry Sour 2013 (Other Belgian/French style Ale)
  • Silver - Moa Southern Alps White IPA (Best Wheat Beer)
  • Silver - Moa Rum Barrel Quad (Wood Aged - Best Specialty Beer) 
  • Bronze - Moa Original Lager (Best Australian Style Lager)
  • Bronze - Moa South Pacific IPA (Intl. Pale Ale) 
  • Bronze - Moa Festive IPA Red Edition (American Style - Best IPA) 
  • Bronze - Moa Sour Blanc 2012 Vintage (Best Belgian/French style Ale)
  • Bronze - Moa Tripel Sauvignon 2014 Vintage (Other Specialty Beer)

The full list of winners can be found by clicking here.