Made to Match - Emerson's 1812

Emerson's 1812

One of New Zealand’s first new generation pale ales and now something of a classic, Emerson’s 1812 is all about balance. Pouring a bright amber hue beneath a deep cream coloured head, the hints of caramel and dark toffee are balanced with a light citrusy fruitiness.

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After experiencing the quality and variety of beers overseas, Emerson's was launched in 1992 with the creation of London Porter at 4 Grange St in Dunedin by Richard Emerson, a brewer dedicated to creating a craft beer with style, aroma, flavour and finish with their own distinctive balance and memorability.  Emerson's was awarded as the Champion NZ Brewery at the 2009 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards.

Available format

  • 500ml bottle
  • 1L bottle
  • On Tap

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Tasting Notes

Medium bodied, the palate first offers a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts before resiny hops come to the fore and lead into a lingering dry finish.

Food Match Notes

Pale Ales work well with a variety of foods - try with a spicy Mexican or Indian dish or match the caramel flavours of the beer to a sweeter dish like roast chicken with caramelised onion.