In a little over a week I will be travelling up to the Liberty Brewery in New Plymouth to brew my next cuckoo brew. Sceptred Warrior is going to be a New World IPA , that is brewed to be strong, hop forward and aromatic with loads of dry and late hopping, but brewed with all English ingredients. Liberty head brewer Joseph Wood will be brewing a New World hopped IPA with the same grist and yeast but with New World hops to challenge my’ New Anglo’ IPA. The beers will be released in keg to a select few outlets around the country. Some of the Sceptred will also be cask conditioned and will appear at the upcoming Malthouse Old World IPA Challenge and possibly at another notable NZ Real Ale pub.
The name Sceptred Warrior comes from Shakespeare’s King Richard II :
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,–
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
Sceptred Warrior will be released in November and will hopefully offer something a little different in the current sea of New World hopped IPA’s.