Dogfish Head 90 Minute (named for the continuous hopping process used) IPA is one of the grandfather’s of strong American IPA.  It’s difficult to find in New Zealand, and even more difficult to find in good condition, but it’s something I think all lovers of strong IPA like myself should try at least once and taste where this thing started.   There’s distinctly barleywine-type malt intensity on the nose, with orange barley sugars before dried apricot, candied citrus peel and sweet pine.  Luscious malt sweetness is again first on the palate, tempered by juicy bitter orange and stonefruit.  With an unabashedly full body and comparatively (for 9 per cent abv) moderate bitterness, this would probably be classified as an American Barley Wine rather than IPA if it was released today.  But categories aside, this is an immensely rich and satisfying drop that’s defiantly malt forward in today’s hop dominated world.

Diary of a Hop Farmer: Surviving winter

In the second part of his Diary of a Hop Farmer, Josh Lewis details how life plays out on a hop farm during winter.

Monkfish New venture for Hargreaves

If you’re a craft beer fan in Wellington there’s a high chance you’ve been handed a pint by Dan Hargreaves.

What not to say at a beer festival

So you’re going to a beer festival and are worried about saying the wrong thing. Don’t be!

Brothers Beer Welcome to Cryoville IPA

The can art of Brothers Beer Welcome to Cryoville, a Cryo Hop Hazy IPA, is giving off big Sims energy… does anyone still play The Sims?

Dusty’s Beers of Instagram

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

Trans-Tasman Blind Date Beers

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.