Issue 56: Summer 2020-21

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 North Canterbury town of Fernside, has been top of the Untappd NZ ratings for...

Adventures in Beer

Adventures in Beer

Adventure sports, the great outdoors and craft beer. It's a winning combination from Colorado to Canada, and across the Tasman in Bright and Mt Buller in Victoria's High Country. And while New Zealand's borders remain closed, Queenstown's exciting beer scene is providing a fine alternative to brut IPAs in Boulder or wheat beers in Whistler....

Summer Juggin’

Summer Juggin’

Summer is the best time for beer mixes and beer cocktails. Beer and soft drink mixes with the addition of spirits and/or fruit flavours suit the hotter days. Serve them in jugs with ice and they are a great drink with which to hang out or get a party started. Bung in a jigger or two of white spirits and you’ve got yourself a ticket to...

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 shopping, and I always want to make sure my loved ones get what  they want on...

Heroes of the Zeroes: best No-alcohol beers

Heroes of the Zeroes: best No-alcohol beers

Every now and then I give my body (the liver in particular) a break by going off the alcohol for a couple of weeks or so. I usually undergo this cleansing exercise after a holiday – a time where I do not necessarily drink excessively, but I have a beer or two almost everyday day. I find staying off the booze is relatively easy, but choosing a...

The battle of 1812

The battle of 1812

One of New Zealand’s longest-running craft beers was “retired” this year, only to be given a second lease on life thanks to the local community. Emerson’s 1812 is as old as the craft beer movement in New Zealand, dating back almost three decades to when Emerson’s was founded in 1992. Along with London Porter and Bookbinder, 1812 was one of the...

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 at the historic Ballarat Hotel. I was also impressed by the $10 price point for a...

Deus Ex Cerveza

Deus Ex Cerveza

Westvleteren 12, hallowed be its name, is an ever-present spectre that haunts the craft beer community. Ubiquitously unavailable, this hyper-rare drop has gained the moniker of the best beer in the word. Is it actually? That’s definitely a matter for debate, but it’s certainly one of the most fascinating. Recently, I was fortunate enough to be...

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 trophies and medals to the brewing industry like candy at a kid's birthday...

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 beers then you’ll remember the artwork on the labels – they’re quite memorable....

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