While planning IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, I often found myself checking my phone- even without it ringing or buzzing. Waiting for Mr. Right? No. Compulsive? Maybe- I was waiting hopelessly for the call from Vine & Table to provide an update on the status of my long lost love, Speight’s Gold Medal Ale. Leading up to the call, I was daydreaming of my six pack with a bright red bow en route to America, flying first class so soon it could be enjoyed by my friends and me.
The call came at the end of the week, as promised. Unfortunately, my daydream didn’t come to fruition. Not because Vine & Table didn’t try hard enough, but because of legality. Speight’s has yet to trademark their beer in America. The lack of a trademark along with trade regulations means that Speight’s Gold Medal Ale will not be able to be shipped to the states for a few more years. The Vine & Table staff offered to order another New Zealand specialty beer, but I have plenty of love for domestic beers and hope to create memories with my good friends at Sun King Brewery. Plus, I don’t have any qualms using the excuse ‘I need to go back to New Zealand… for the beer.’ And yes, the Speight’s Gold Medal Ale is worth a sixteen hour flight!
I can’t thank the Vine & Table staff enough for looking into the ordering and shipping of the beer. It’s not every day that you hear ‘I can order it for you,’ when talking about your favorite hard to find items, much less those from New Zealand!