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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...

Myth becomes reality

Myth becomes reality

Local taprooms are the stuff of dreams, and the Mythica Brewing taproom is local to me – and a temptation I cannot go past. I first found Mythica beer in February 2017 when they had two beers: Incubus – a red ale – and Succubus – a golden IPA. If you know these early...

Beervana 19 things about the 19th edition

Beervana 19 things about the 19th edition

To celebrate Beervana’s 19th year, here's 19 highlights. Huge congratulations to brewer Brayden Rawlinson and the team at Choice Bros for taking out the trifecta of top beers in the People’s Choice – it is unheard of in Beervana history. Three of their four Chocolate...

Art For Beer’s Sake

Art For Beer’s Sake

With the growing popularity of craft beer in New Zealand, we have also seen a change in the way our beer fridges look. No longer are beer fridges shades of green and brown, they now resemble the walls of art galleries full of delicious pieces of art waiting to be...

What came first? The Hipster or the beer

What came first? The Hipster or the beer

At some point in recent years, craft beer became a pillar of hipster culture. The adoption of craft beer by the hipster is a contentious issue for some people, who claim that craft brewing is under siege from a group of snobbish, insatiable, self-proclaimed...

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