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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, Red IPA, Pale Ale, American Pale Ale & Dry Hopped Pilsner.

Milk Stout

  • Style: Milk Stout
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Hops: Fuggles, Green Bullet
  • Malts: Ale, Chocolate, Crystal, Oat, Roast Black, Vienna
  • Awards: 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 International Beer Challenge Silver, 2018 World Beer Awards Country Winner, 2018 New World Beer & Cider Bronze, 2016 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Gold, 2015 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Silver
  • Dietary style: Contains Lactose

Available in 518ml & 328ml 6-packs 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 the title, World's Best Stout & Porter at the 2019 World Beer Awards.  

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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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Pale Ale

  • Style: NZ Pale Ale
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • Hops: Goldings, Motueka, Pacifica
  • Malts: Ale, Caramalt, Vienna, Wheat malts
  • Awards: 2019 AIBA Gold Medal, 2018 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Bronze, 2018 Dublin Craft Beer Cup Bronze, 2017 International Beer Cup Bronze, 2016 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Bronze
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Available in 518ml & 328ml 6-packs World-renowned Nelson Sauvin hops deliver brazen, grassy, citrus-fruit aromatics, with flavours of white-wine, juicy peach, and orange-rind. Pilsner and Vienna malts lend toasted, bready malt flavours, and hints of caramel sweetness. A touch of wheat softens the lengthy bitterness and crisp finish; creating a uniquely smooth, sessionable New Zealand pale ale.

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Red IPA

  • Style: Red IPA
  • ABV: 6.6%
  • Hops: East Kent Goldings, Motueka, NZ Fuggles, US Calypso, Waimea
  • Malts: Cara, Pils, Specialities, Vienna
  • Awards: 2019 Dublin Craft Beer Cup Bronze Medal, 2019 World Beer Awards Country Winner, 2018 AIBA Beer Awards Bronze, 2018 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Bronze
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Available in 518ml & 328ml 6-packs Vibrant, copper-coloured, with ruby-red highlights, and a rich, tan head; our Red IPAs complexity is all too apparent. Prominent pine-needle and citrus hop aromas, bold flavours of bitter-orange and grapefruit. The toffee-sweet, caramel malts and creamier mouthfeel balance beautifully amidst lingering bitterness, gentle alcoholic warmth, and a subtle, toasty aftertaste.

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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

Available in 518ml 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.

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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: 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 fresh West Coast U.S.A. hops. A top-fermented ale style, the American Pale Ale beer is a recent addition to the Cassels & Sons collection. The tropical fruit salad and passionfruit flavours give way to a clean and light bitter finish.

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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.

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.

Alchemist Pale Ale

  • Style: Real Ale (NZ Pale Ale)
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • Hops: Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Taiheke, Waikatu
  • Malts: Ale, Carapils, Vienna, Wheat malts
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

A pleasant and easy drinking cask conditioned real ale. Great lemon/ mandarin and grassy initial flavour and aroma, finishing with a smooth and lasting bitterness.

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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.

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%
  • 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.

West Coast IPA

  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Our heavy-handed dry hopping of a comprehensive mix of West Coast U.S.A hops with only a touch of ale malt has created an aggressively hoppy brew. With a hint of citrus and peppery pine flavours, the hop bitterness in this beer will wake up your tastebuds and pull you back for more.

Refreshing apple cider.

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Apollo Cider

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • ABV: 4.45%
  • Dietary style: Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly

Solely Apple – neither sweet nor dry, crisp refreshing and lingering. No added sugar, no added water – just Cider.