Emerson’s 1812 was one of New Zealand’s first new generation pale ales and has established itself as a true classic. Its success mirrors that of the Emerson’s brewery and the growth of the New Zealand industry. Richard Emerson, inspired by the beers he enjoyed travelling the globe, returned to New Zealand with an aim to broaden the local beer offering and create the variety and quality he had experienced overseas. His unwavering commitment to transform the industry saw him start off experimenting on a small scale, and today Emerson’s is viewed as one of New Zealand’s finest breweries.
The excellence that is a part of Emerson’s DNA can be tasted in 1812, a pale ale that is all about balance. Its bright amber hue and deep cream-coloured head demand attention, while the aroma of caramel and dark toffee, balanced with a light citrusy fruitiness, activate your sense of smell. At first sip you’ll recognise a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts before the flavour of resiny hops emerges and leads into a lingering dry finish.