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Dusty’s Beers of Instagram

Sunday 14 August 2022

Instagrammer Dusty trains his lens on a selection of different IPAs, from cold, to red, to black to hazy.

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News

Trans-Tasman Blind Date Beers

Sunday 14 August 2022

Like any good business idea, the concept of a Tinder-style hook-up of trans-Tasman brewers for a special box of beer came from being stymied on another project.

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Isthmus Figaro Imperial Stout

Sunday 14 August 2022

Isthmus Brewing’s Figaro, a fig and chocolate imperial stout (9% ABV) is intensely dark in colour, crowned by a coffee crema head. The aroma begins with notes of cocoa powder…

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Recommended

Deep Creek Leo extroverted Hazy IPA

Thursday 11 August 2022

Reviewer Josh Lee says Deep Creek Leo Extroverted Hazy IPA is the best hazy he's tried this year and recommends it highly.

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What’s on offer at Beervana

Thursday 11 August 2022

I'm already licking my lips at what's on offer at next week's Beervana festival in Wellington next week.

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Features

Features

Kainui back to the big time

Monday 8 August 2022

Far North cult favourites Kainui Brew Co have returned to the big time with an outstanding performance at the NZ Beer Awards.

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Features

Malthouse WCIPA Challenge: Let’s go do the hop

Thursday 21 July 2022

What does your favourite brewery's entry to The Malthouse West Coast IPA Challenge say about their musical taste

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Features

CASSELS DELIVER TRIPLE TREAT OF SWEET STOUTS

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Milk Stouts first became popular in England during the 1800s with blue-collar labourers as a nutritious complement to morning or midday meals. As with many older beer styles, milk stouts…

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Features

DUSTY’S BEERS OF INSTAGRAM JUNE 2022

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Instagram influencer Dusty snaps his favourite beers from June, 2022

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Features

BOOTLEG BURNING THEIR OWN PATH

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Rather than lament Covid restrictions that limited venues to 100 people, Hamilton's Bootleg Brewery saw an opportunity to do something good.

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Recommended

Recommended

Isthmus Figaro Imperial Stout

Sunday 14 August 2022

Isthmus Brewing’s Figaro, a fig and chocolate imperial stout (9% ABV) is intensely dark in colour, crowned by a coffee crema head. The aroma begins with notes of cocoa powder…

Read More
Recommended

Deep Creek Leo extroverted Hazy IPA

Thursday 11 August 2022

Reviewer Josh Lee says Deep Creek Leo Extroverted Hazy IPA is the best hazy he's tried this year and recommends it highly.

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Recommended

Boneface The Wolf Bites Back Triple Cold IPA

Wednesday 10 August 2022

Boneface The Wolf Bites Back Triple Cold IPA is a complex mix of sharp citrus and softer tropicals, with pungent rosewater and light malt sweetness.

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News

News

Trans-Tasman Blind Date Beers

Sunday 14 August 2022

Like any good business idea, the concept of a Tinder-style hook-up of trans-Tasman brewers for a special box of beer came from being stymied on another project.

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News

Emotional night for Behemoth

Tuesday 2 August 2022

Behemoth are not shy of success and have won plenty of trophies and gold medals for individual beers over the years, but it was an emotional night for founder Andrew…

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News

Eddyline’s West Coast IPA `Mic Drop’

Tuesday 2 August 2022

That Eddy's Drop, a fantastic musical pun from Eddyline in Nelson, took out the annual Malthouse West Coast IPA Challenge in Wellington on July 29.

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Opinion

Opinion

Why big breweries matter

Thursday 14 July 2022

In my previous article, I set out to discuss definitions of a craft brewery. Based on insights from craft brewers here in New Zealand, I concluded that craft breweries were…

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Opinion

Have a “go at” Doppelbock

Wednesday 6 July 2022

Looking for something different? Hazy beers not quite hitting the same? Perhaps you’re considering trying something maltier, but you’ve never ventured beyond stouts and porters. Might I suggest a beer that…

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Opinion

What is a craft brewery?

Thursday 26 May 2022

In New Zealand, we don’t do a great job of defining a craft brewery; there is no rigid industry standard, so what makes craft "craft"?

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Travel

Travel

TARANAKI’S BOOMING BEER SCENE

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Kelly Ryan from Boneface and Joe Wood from Liberty have a lot to answer for. Strike up a conversation with a few current contributors to the Taranaki beer scene, and…

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Travel

A cat, a caravan and classic beer at Emporium

Monday 7 March 2022

The new Emporium bar is somewhere between festival taproom and shearing shed, constructed with recycled materials including the wide doors that open the building right up onto the nearby farmland.

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Travel

Bay of Islands beer

Tuesday 1 March 2022

There is a healthy craft beer scene emerging in the Far North as well as some fantastic heritage pubs to visit.

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