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Puffinus Huttoni

Boysenberry Sour

5.1% ABV - alc./vol.

In 1965, Kaikoura, legend told of a vagrant seabird colony high in the snowy mountains.

Keen mountaineer and amateur ornithologist, Geoff Harrow, took his sleeping bag up to the tussocks of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges — in search of the mystery bird.

A fruitless venture, so it seemed, when in serendipity — Geoff discovered three carcasses and sent them to the bird experts in Wellington. Three days later, a telegram: Indeed — Hutton’s Shearwater.

Easily disoriented by bright lights and flimsy on the ground, the lilac-footed birds are excellent in flight, launching from their burrows set on the steep slopes of the mountains, under cover of darkness, down the Kowhai River valley: to sea.

Each year the birds ditch winter and migrate to Australia, always returning to their mountains to nest. Of eight colonies only two remain today.

Treasured as a precious Taonga among locals, their efforts to keep this bird going have been tireless. Hand whizzing sardine smoothies for the chicks and creating a predator-free colony for breeding.

We sent this beer to launch in Aussie for the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) Soured from Lactobacillus and aged on Nelson boysenberries — we took a chance on this one in dedication to our little Trans-Tasman seabird.

Haere ra e nga Titi — farewell o Hutton’s shearwater!

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