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New site design and the Postulate of Cold Ones

Hi Cartelians,

Just a quick apology for any of those who had experienced the ‘Maintenance Page’ today – we were just updating our website template after 2 plus years! We thought the new template is a great new way to highlight some of the artists we have worked with.  We hope you like it – we may still be working out a few kinks here and there.  And thank you Madalin Tudose, who helped me get this up and running!

And for those that missed it – here is video from our maintenance page this morning. It ponders on the nuances of the fabled ‘Cold One’:

Happy Christmas to All!

Mark, Carlos and Alvin

 

 

2017 in Haiku: Interstellar Bears – dreamily fall from great heights – in Wunderkammers

2017: Let’s Celebrate Summer with our 2nd Birthday!

First of all – we’d love for you to celebrate with us at the Outlier Cartel 2nd Birthday bash. Here’s what you need to know:WhereThe Lobby, 12 Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 9th of December at 12:00 pm

We’ve made a variety of beers released in kegs, cans and bottles this year. Some of these were small and polarising one-offs like the dry-hopped imperial Apfelwein we presented for this years’ Fresh Hop event, a few others were large enough batches to get distributed throughout NZ. It may seem light by Outlier Standards, however we took a different approach this year. Instead of cranking out new releases, we took our time to build relationships in the New Zealand Craft Beer community and around the world – which included Defiant Brewing in the USA and Adobe Software. The collaborations helped push our creative limits:

Interstellar Blush – Our Collaboration with Hallertau

Gypsy Rose – Our Collaboration with the Pink Boots Society
Kekulé’s Dream – Our Collaboration with Adobe Software
New Zengland IPA – Our Collaboration with Defiant
Enchanterelle – Our mushroom red scotch ale with Tahsis FarmOur own creations this year have been exciting too:

Wunderkammer – It’s really a gruit, read more here!
From Such Great Heights – cheeky Canteloupean Beer!
Poke the Bear – A marshmellowy summery delight!

So whats new for 2018…

Well, Come and talk to us to find out or get in touch clicking here!

Processes…

This is a very short post – but an important part of our beer making – don’t cut corners and be happy! These tiny signs are posted at our partner brewery in Tahsis, BC!

Wunderkammer Beer

What’s in your Wunderkammer?

This is a short post to thank all our fans in Australia and New Zealand for supporting  our latest release, Wunderkammer, for GABS! We came runner up alongside some of NZ’s best breweries (and big congrats to Behemoth for coming #1).

GABS runner up

This was a beer that ‘took a village’ to create; we invited our biggest fans and closet family to come together and help create our beer. For inspiration we provided a curio cabinet (or wunderkammer) to hold their treasured objects  and a big box of almond croissants to prepare the palates for our communal beer recipe!

We invite you to try our delicious winter warming spiced beer – and hopefully you’ll keep Outlier Cartel in your own Wunderkammer!

 

Tahsis Farm

11,240 kilometres away, we are connecting with kindred spirits.

When I arrived in New Zealand 15 years ago, I hit the road to Milford Sound, one of the must-see wilderness areas of New Zealand. I was amazed by the frozen waterfalls, the rugged wilderness, and the truly epic panoramas. I didn’t mind that I was freezing in my little Corolla, behind 100’s of other vehicles, including a massive row of tour buses. It was so worth it and will be forever etched in my mind!

Last Thursday, I had a similar experience. I drove down an unsealed road and saw some of the most breathtaking scenery I had ever witnessed. Waterfalls were bursting down rock faces, leaving misty white streaks along the mountainside. Water seemed to poor out of every crevice, while jagged mountain peaks still held fast to last winter’s snow. Ancient trees stood their ground, wrapped in thick shrouds of lichen.

Unlike Milford Sound, I only encountered 1 vehicle (a logging truck) on the undulating, 64 kilometre road dubbed the ‘Tree to Sea Highway’. And unlike Milford, most locals don’t even know about Tahsis, let alone throngs of tourists with smartphones or backpackers with their noses permanently embedded in their copy of the Lonely Planet.

This is a place for dreamers.

How did I arrive here? Last year I connected with an old mate of mine, Troy, from Vancouver Island. He was interested in our beer projects and told me about this incredible place on the west coast. We drove out last year and I was enraptured. A new project, the Tahsis Farm Project, kicked off last October with the purchase of a seaside wilderness property.

Since then, Outlier Cartel has been working with Tahsis Farm to set up a destination brewery on this remote outpost on the Canadian Pacific coast. There’s a lot of work to be done. As I write, my entire body is aching from swinging a 12 pound sledgehammer, the most manual work I can remember doing since I was a teenager. However, I look at my thorn-pierced and blistered hands with pride, knowing we are building something special here.

Outlier Cartel and The Tahsis Farm complement each other fully: Outlier is a gypsy brewery that can move its skills anywhere around the world, Tahsis Farm is locally grounded organisation that plans to be a self sustaining community – welcoming skilled people of any nation, gender or creed to take part of their project.

If you want know about this project – tune in to TahsisFarm.com (this website is a work in progress) . If you want to more or would like to contribute, contact us.

Keep living your dreams, we are doing the best to live ours! – The Outlier Cartel Team.

Road going to Tahsis Farm

Road going to Tahsis

 

Sign at gates of Tahsis Farm

Sign at gates of Tahsis Farm

 

View of Tahsis from across inlet.

View of Tahsis from across inlet.

 

View of Nootka Island and Tahsis

View of Nootka Island and Tahsis

 

Tahsis - you won't find this in the Lonely Planet

Tahsis – you won’t find this in the Lonely Planet