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Where the Wild Beers are

Where the Wild Beers are

Tim Newman explores the wild side of beer in Christchurch From the outside it’s a three-car garage like any other, but inside you’ll find one of the world’s most unlikely barrel halls, where racks of barriques full of spontaneously fermented beer are gradually...

Hopping mad or genius?

Hopping mad or genius?

Urbanaut’s decision to make not one, not two, but six fresh hop beers for a mixed 6-pack is either mad or genius. Michael Donaldson talks to Bruce Turner about the process and the beers.

It’s Yeast Captain But Not As We Know It

It’s Yeast Captain But Not As We Know It

No one knows exactly how long ago Kveik (it’s pronounced “kvike”) rose out of the glacier-scoured valleys but we do know that Norwegians have been brewing since misty prehistory, and that, to no one’s surprise, Vikings had a taste for beer.

From Peters to Colins: A Life In Beer

From Peters to Colins: A Life In Beer

Legendary Kiwi journalist Colin Hogg takes a journey from the lazy days of flagons in the Central Otago sun to the hazy days psychedelic cans. My earliest beery memories are auditory rather than taste-based. They are from long ago and of the summer sound of corks...

Bread to Brew

Bread to Brew

If you’re a devout student of Untappd you might know the name of New Zealand’s top-rated brewery. And no, it’s not Garage Project, Craftwork or Liberty … in fact, it’s a brewery you’ve probably never heard mentioned. Derelict, a “lifestyle” brewery based in the small...

All I want for Christmas is …

All I want for Christmas is …

Christmas is always such a fun time for me. Once December first rolls around I’m helping Mariah Carey get back in to the charts by belting “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on repeat and at the top of my lungs as I walk to work. I’m always proactive with my Christmas...

Capital Diary: Spring in My Step

Capital Diary: Spring in My Step

During the October school holidays, the family and I went to Queenstown for a late season ski holiday. The Atlas Beer Cafe and Smiths Craft Beer House again get my vote as the best craft beer bars in town, though I also had a tasty burger and a good pint of hazy IPA...

Thanking Mr Banks

Thanking Mr Banks

Doug Banks, a doyen of the NZ brewing scene, died in October. By way of tribute, we’re republishing an edited piece by Dylan Jauslin from The Bottleneck blog from 2013 dedicated to Doug and his twin brother Jim. At the New Zealand Beer Awards dinner, they dole-out...

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