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Would you drink That Guy’s beer?

Aug 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


FROM speed cooking to slow brewing – TV’s Leigh Hart has moved from bacon to beer.


Sam Chamberlain (left) and Tim McGodrick (right) chuffed with their latest lager purchase.

Sam Chamberlain (19) and his mate Tim McGoldrick (19), both students, tipped back a Wakachangi and declared TV personality Leigh Hart’s beer a success.

“Really does have that North Canterbury flavour. You can’t tell it’s been brewed by a West-Coaster,” Sam said.

He was referring to the label’s claim: “a South Otago beer with North Canterbury flavours brewed by a West Coaster with the ol’ misty waters of the Waikato.”

“It’s great, excellent. Endorsed by the great man,” said Tim, referring to comedian Hart, the creator of Moon TV.

Wakachangi Lager was launched in Wellington on Friday to a crowd of mainly young males at The Mill on Victoria Street.

For Leigh, beer always led to fun and positive memories throughout his years, from his time as a student, playing in bands and eventually making TV.

“All your best laughs and all the bullshit you spin tends to be over a few beers, and that’s kind of what it’s all about.”

The name Wakachangi is a word that has stuck from a television piece about the Waikato River Leigh did while working on Sports Cafe.

“I was doing a thing on the Waikato River and I was trying to come up with a name for it.

“I started calling it the Ol’ Misty, the Old Wakatoomba, the Old Lady, the Old Wakachangi and eventually got to the Waikato. It’s just a word that’s always resonated.”


AJ Roberson (left) said “Definitely doesn’t taste like wees. I’m surprised, pleasantly surprised,” and Liam Robertson (right) agreed, “It’s not bad.”

Brewing beer is not a one-off for Leigh, who says despite the steep learning curve he is looking to develop his brewing style.

“Every day we don’t know what we’re doing, we’ve never done this before so that’s why we’re kind of hoping people give us heaps of feedback and let us know.”

The response has been positive with large crowds showing up to beer launches all over the country to get a taste.

“You show up to a bottle store doing a so-called beer launch and if no-one shows up you look a bit of a dick, you’d just be hanging out in the chiller by yourself, hiding behind the other beers.

“When you get a lot of people like this come down, it’s kind of a bit of confidence. It’s good.”

“It’s not a regional thing, it’s not an age thing, it’s about fun and bullshit,” he said, referring to the beer’s demographic.




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