#253 Dead Good Beer – Pilsner

Dead Good Pilsner Name: Pilsner
Brewery: Dead Good Beer (Nelson, NZ)
Style: Pilsner
ABV: 4.2%
Source: Dave Kurth

A few weeks ago a box of beers arrived on my doorstep from Dave Kurth of West Coast Brewing. Unusually, most of the beer most of the beers weren’t actually his – but were from this brewery called Dead Good Beer that I’d never even heard of.

Because they’re one of the few breweries who aren’t endlessly chattering on Twitter, I still know basically nothing about Dead Good Beer. Their website describes them as a ‘virtual brewery’ (meaning they contract brew – I’m guessing with West Coast?), and it suggests the recipes are created by Mic Dover and Eelco Boswijk, who run Dead Good Beer Events in Nelson.

Whoever they were, I liked the labels and wasn’t going to turn my nose up at free beer. It was late one night last week and I needed something light to drink (and compared to most of the beers in my cupboard, this was), so I poured this one into my fancy Living & Giving pilsner glass and gave it a whirl.

I was half  expecting it to taste a bit dodgy TBH – partly because I’m not a huge fan of pilsners anyway, partly because I thought this must be a brand new brewery (I hadn’t quite realised at the time they were brewed by West Coast).  I was surprised then to find it was actually really good – crisp and clean, with some spicy floral hop notes and a decent amount of sweetness from the malt. Although I drank this sitting up in bed while blogging (it’s the most productive place, I swear), this would have been perfect with my lunch in the sun yesterday.

I’m looking forward to trying the other Dead Good Beers that Dave sent me, along with the slightly crazy sounding brews of his own. In the mean time if you want to try some Dead Good Beer for yourself, you’ll either have to figure out where I live and where I hide my beer, or get yourself to Nelson. The latter is preferable.

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Published in: on April 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm  Comments (5)  
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  1. I always wondered myself where they came from. I enjoyed a couple of their IPA’s at Freehouse in Nelson a few months back – quite drinkable

  2. Pretty sure it’s the house brand at the Freehouse. When I asked they said it was brewed at Founders? Maybe they’ve changed.

  3. ‘Dead Good Beer’ is the house label at The Free House. I think they initially used to be brewed at Founder’s and Townshend’s but switched to West Coast a while ago. West Coast also brew the Moutere Inn house label. Good on Dave for promoting the brews as they really are his beers – the pubs he brews for don’t really have any input into the process other than choosing the style.

  4. I believe they have also used Renaissance… but I may be wrong.

    If a Free House contract brews their own beer, it surely raises a question about their freedom… Semantics in the end, I suppose, because who really is “free”? Everyone has some kind of arrangement, formal or informal. And The Free House is a freaking awesome pub!!

  5. Just had Dead Good IPA on at Pomeroy’s… very good, dead good!


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