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The Cassels keg range

The use of whole hops and the highest quality ingredients, coupled with traditional fermentation methods, lies at the centre of our tap beer keg and cask offering at Cassels.

We are one of the few breweries in New Zealand that produce cask conditioned beer – known as “real ales”. Unfiltered and unpasteurised, you’ll find our real ales at discerning bars where they will be carefully dispensed to you via a hand pump.

The result of our attention to detail when it comes to sourcing ingredients and conditioning our ales is demonstrated by the awards we have won.

Our cask-conditioned Best Bitter won a Silver medal and our Milk Stout won both a Gold medal and a trophy for Best in Class at the 2011 NZ Beer Awards.

The Cassels keg range includes five of our core range beers – Milk Stout, Red IPA, Pale Ale, American Pale Ale & Dry Hopped Pilsner – along with resident-favourite, Cassels Lager, plus a range of seasonal beers.

The Cassels core range includes our Milk Stout, Woolston Pale Ale, Nectaron® IPA, American Pale Ale, Dry Hopped Pilsner & Lager.

Dry Hopped Pilsner tap badge - Cassels Craft Beer

Dry Hopped Pilsner

  • Style: NZ Pilsner
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Hops: Motueka, Nelson Sauvin
  • Malts: Carapils, Pilsener, Vienna
  • Awards: 2018 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Silver, 2018 World Beer Awards Country Winner
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Pouring brilliantly clear and pale golden; our Dry Hopped Pilsner exemplifies the finest in New Zealand ingredients. Motueka and Nelson Sauvin hops contribute juicy lime, sauvignon grape, and subtle juniper berry characters. The predominantly Pilsner malt-base provides a crisp body. Cracker-like flavours and sweetness, perfectly complementing the firm, bitter finish and refreshingly dry mineral aftertaste.

Cassels Woolston Pale Ale Tap Badge

Woolston Pale Ale

  • Style: NZ Pale Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Hops: East Kent Goldings, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin
  • Malts: Ale, Cara, Vienna
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Brewed on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Cassels Woolston Pale Ale is a traditional Pale Ale with distinctive New Zealand characteristics. This beer offers a combination of punchy hop flavours balanced out by a trio of malts. Late hopping with Nelson Sauvin and Motueka varieties brings fruity, wine-like aromas to sit on top of the lightly toasted malt base. Rich and rounded with a smooth mouthfeel - tastes just like home to us.  

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Light Owl

  • ABV: 2.5%
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

While low in alcohol, our Light Owl beer has been brewed to maximise personality.  Chinook hops bring a distinctive pine aroma which is rounded out by the citrusy, floral flavours of the Taiheke hops.  A bit of alchemy in the brew as we tinker with gravity, the result being a full-bodied, big character beer despite the low ABV.

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American Pale Ale

  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Hops: NZ Chinook, Taiheke
  • Malts: Caramel Malt, Carapils, Vienna, Wheat malts
  • Awards: 2021 World Beer Awards World's Best Pale American-Style Pale Ale, 2017 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Bronze, 2014 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Silver
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

This delightfully fruity, aromatic beer gets its lead from the abundance of USA hops. A top fermented ale style, the tropical fruit salad and passionfruit flavours give way to a soft clean bitter finish. A very well balanced beer. Awarded the title, World’s Best Pale - American style Pale Ale at the 2021 World Beer Awards.

Nectaron® IPA

  • ABV: 6.1%
  • Hops: Nectaron®
  • Malts: Ale, Munich
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Introducing the Nectaron® hop from NZ Hops, bringing intense tropical fruit aromas to the party. This NZ IPA has been hopped at multiple stages through its brewing journey, mellow out all that hoppy goodness with the toastiness of NZ Ale Malt and Cassels' House Ale Strain and the result is the almighty brew you could soon have in your hand.

Milk Stout

  • Style: Milk Stout
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Hops: Fuggles, Green Bullet
  • Malts: Ale, Chocolate, Crystal, Oat, Roast Black, Vienna
  • Awards: 2020 World Beer Awards World's Best Milk Stout, 2019 AIBA Beer Awards Bronze, 2019 Dublin Craft Beer Cup Bronze, 2019 World Beer Awards World’s Best Milk Stout, 2019 World Beer Awards World’s Best Milk Stout & Porter, 2018 AIBA Beer Awards Silver, 2018 Dublin Craft Beer Cup Silver, 2018 World Beer Awards Country Winner
  • Dietary style: Contains Lactose

Obsidian-black with a velvety, tan head, our Milk Stout is traditionally brewed with non-fermentable lactose sugar for a luscious, full-bodied mouthfeel. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, dried fruits, and bold coffee-and-cream flavours all descend on the senses, while soft roasted-malt bitterness keeps the sweetness in check.  Welcome to the dark side of craft beer. Awarded World's Best Milk Stout in the 2020 World Beer Awards and World's Best Stout & Porter at the 2019 World Beer Awards.  

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Lager

  • Style: Lager
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • Hops: Pacifica
  • Malts: Caramalt, Carapils, Munich, Pils
  • Awards: 2017 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Bronze, 2015 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Silver
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Pale golden with a lingering, white foam, this Lager’s as easy on the eye as it is on the palate. Subtle orange peel and mandarin citrus notes, mildly peppery hop flavour, and restrained bitterness; complementing a soft, bready, malt base and gentle sweetness on the finish. Lager is only available in 328ml bottles, in a 24 pack.

NZ IPA

  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • Hops: Moutere, Nectaron®, Taiheke
  • Malts: Cassels Ale, Malted Wheat

Golden in colour, and very approachable, our full bodied IPA uses a blend of highly aromatic New Zealand hops. A light tropical fruit flavour with a hint of light caramel malt make this IPA a refreshing beer for all year round.

Cask conditioned beer – known as “real ales”. Unfiltered and unpasteurised, you’ll find our real ales at discerning bars where they will be carefully dispensed to you via a hand pump.

Cassels Milk Stout real ale tap beer badge

Milk Stout – Real Ale

  • Style: Real Ale (Milk Stout)
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Hops: Fuggles, Green Bullet
  • Malts: Ale, Chocolate, Crystal, Oat, Roast Black, Vienna
  • Awards: 2011 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Gold, 2011 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Trophy
  • Dietary style: Contains Lactose

A New Zealand interpretation of an Old English classic. Our Milk Stout contains a non-fermentable lactose sugar derived from milk. Deep black and full bodied with mocha and milk chocolate aromatics, it is smooth with a slightly sweet, balanced finish.

Cassels Best Bitter real ale tap beer badge

Best Bitter

  • Style: Real Ale (Best Bitter)
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • Hops: Cascade, Green Bullet, NZ Goldings
  • Malts: Ale Malt, Carapils, Crystal
  • Awards: 2011 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Silver
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

A beautifully well-balanced beer and our most popular real ale. Amber in appearance with a generous white head. The aroma is fruity, malty and sweet. Flavours are grape, lemon and stone fruit with a smooth biscuity malt base. The initial fruity, hoppy flavours are replaced by a malty, bitter finish. A very English beer and not at all short on flavour.

Our special release beers can be seasonal, one-off limited releases, or we might love them so much they may stick around for awhile!

 

Cassels Double Cream Milk Stout Tap Badge

Double Cream Milk Stout

  • ABV: 8.1%
  • Hops: Fuggles, Green Bullet
  • Malts: Ale, Chocolate, Crystal, Oat, Roast Black, Vienna
  • Awards: 2019 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Bronze, 2019 Dublin Craft Beer Cup Silver, 2019 World Beer Awards Country Winner, 2018 New World Beer & Cider Bronze
  • Dietary style: Contains Lactose

A New Zealand interpretation, our Double Cream Milk Stout is intensely rich, strong and malty with a creamy, almost velvet texture. A full bodied stout with dark mocha and chocolate aromatics. Our Double Cream Milk Stout contains a non-fermentable lactose sugar derived from 100% pure New Zealand milk.