Consider this zesty new IPA your go-to brew this summer

While passionfruit goes with oh-so-many different things, we wouldn’t have typically thought of beer to be one of them.

This year, the clever folk at Mac’s  have proved us wrong, - the zesty new Fruit Bat Passionfruit IPA has us daydreaming about the quintessentially summer flavour.

Available for a limited time only, this tart little number is the latest addition to the Mac’s craft beer family. Fruit Bat is brewed using six different hop varieties including Pacific Jade, Cascade, Motueka, Amarillo, Simcoe and Moutere to load it up with a whole lot of flavour.  Once it’s just about ready to bottle, a generous helping of passionfruit juice is added to accentuate the hops’ citrus and tropical notes.

Flavoured IPAs are set to become more and more popular in the already well-established craft beer circles around New Zealand. “Fruit Bat is something a little bit different and interesting from our team of brewers, and lands at six out of seven on the Mac’s Flavour Scale,” explains Mac’s Brew ambassador, Kurt Gross. “It will be a hit with those who love a fruity taste, without the sweetness.”

The Fruit Bat Passionfruit IPA joins the ever-growing list of interesting brews from Mac’s, including recent limited releases Sweet Disposition chocolate stout and Love Buzz honey mead, as well as the newest permanent addition to the range – Mac’s Interstate American Pale Ale. Thirsty, anyone?

With BBQ season fast approaching, this passionfruit-infused IPA is sure to be a crowd pleaser and is available in a handy four-pack, perfect for taking along to the beach or backyard with friends. It goes particularly well with fresh flavours like tuna sashimi, but if seafood’s not your kettle of fish then swap sushi for something spicy – Mexican dishes like tacos should do the trick!

A four pack of Mac’s Fruit Bat Passionfruit IPA is $14.99 and will be in stores for the next four months only. It will also be on tap in Mac’s Brew Bars for the same limited period. For more information head over to Mac’s, here.