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

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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

Available in 518ml & 328ml 6-packsWorld-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

Available in 518ml & 328ml 6-packsVibrant, 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

Available in 518mlPouring 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 complimenting the firm, bitter finish and refreshingly dry mineral aftertaste.

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

Currently on backorder - 328ml & 518ml back in stock by 18 OctAvailable in 518ml & 328ml 6-packsObsidian-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.The best stout in the world

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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

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

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; complimenting a soft, bready, malt base and gentle sweetness on the 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!

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Retro Hop Lager

  • Style: Lager
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Hops: Nelson Sauvin

Esteemed old school hops, green bullet and pacific gem, bring a subtle spice and oak-type aromas to blend with the fruity, wine characteristics of the current favourite child of the hop world - Nelson Sauvin. Premium pilsner malts, a hint of biscuit malt and a bottom ferment creates a clean and crisp feel, without for a minute distracting from the full hop experience.

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Chilli Chocolate Stout

  • Style: Milk Stout
  • ABV: 5.7%

Cassels chilli chocolate, with capsicum on the nose, initial heat from the chillies on the palate which sings softly initially before building to a crescendo, without getting too hot or loud to overpower. Bends well with the smooth chocolatey character of the milk stout base.

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Rye Pilsner

  • Style: NZ Pilsner
  • ABV: 5%

The unique addition of rye brings an entirely new twist to this NZ-style pils. Notably bready from the triple malts, our mix of hops combines the classic aroma and fruity profiles of local NZ hops.

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Sauvalanche

  • Style: Double IPA
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • Hops: Green Bullet, Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica
  • Malts: Ale, Light Crystal

Full-flavoured and complex, this intensely hopped Sauvalanche gives a mighty hit of aromatic Nelson Sauvin hops. Smooth biscuity malts will unleash an avalanche of flavours.

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Light Owl

  • ABV: 2.5%

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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Cloudy Trail Ale

  • Style: Cloudy Trail Ale
  • ABV: 4.9%

Distinct hoppy, fruit characters, this unfiltered golden pale ale is nicely balanced on a soft malt bed, smooth and refreshing from start to finish.

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Session Milk Stout

  • Style: Milk Stout
  • ABV: 2.5%

Like it’s big brother Milk Stout, Session Milk Stout contains a non-fermentable lactose sugar derived from milk. Smooth, light and refreshing, Session Milk Stout shows sweetness, caramel, cocoa chocolate and light toast flavour. Highly sessionable and not short on character.

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Double Cream Milk Stout

  • ABV: 8.1%

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.

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One Pale Ale

  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 6%
  • Hops: Taiheke
  • Malts: Ale, Caramel Malt
  • Awards: 2018 International Beer Challenge Bronze, 2015 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards Bronze

Showcasing the complexity of one hop; New Zealand Taiheke. Bold, grassy, grapefruit marmalade aromas, and delicate, floral, distinctly Turkish delight flavours. Biscuity and toffee-like, the uncomplicated Ale and Cara malt base provides a little body and supportive sweetness; beautifully contrasting the hop-forward profile and firm, mouth-coating bitterness.

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Heart of Darkness

  • Style: Black IPA
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • Awards: 2019 AIBA Silver

Available in 518mlA smooth, dark brew, layering chocolate and caramel notes against a hint of floral hops to create a taste sensation. This Black IPA is well-balanced and clean with a pleasant hop bitterness, the slightly spicy Heart of Darkness will lure you in.

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Fresh Hop Ale

  • Style: Fresh Hop
  • ABV: 5%

Direct from the bine and into the hopback, the delicate flavours of fresh Taiheke hops are complimented by the addition of their Nelson Sauvin cousins at the dry hop stage. The result? A seasonal Fresh Hop Ale with complex grassy, citrus and floral aromatics.

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West Coast IPA

  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 6.2%

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.

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

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

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.

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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

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.

Refreshing apple cider.

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Apollo Cider

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • ABV: 4.45%

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