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Beer, interrupted: Capital Diary August 2021

Beer, interrupted: Capital Diary August 2021

August was going to be big with the Visa Wellington on a Plate food and drink festival running the whole month. I picked out some beer-related events and while I hadn’t got up to speed when the Covid-19 boom came down, I did get a few in. Friday, August 6 was...

Stout and About

Stout and About

Philip Walter is captivated by the sheer diversity of stouts on offer in New Zealand. As a result his fridge is very dark inside.

Double Dose of Local

Double Dose of Local

If you could invigorate your local economy by drinking beer, would you? I assume most of us realise that spending our dollars at locally-owned small businesses is good for our neighbours and communities, but assuming has often got me into trouble. So why should you...

Climbing The Beer Ladder

Climbing The Beer Ladder

Philip Walter climbs the ladder of flavour with a beer tasting flight featuring an imperial saison, barrel-aged IPA and a truffle Quad.

Before Beervana: Where to brunch

Before Beervana: Where to brunch

Beervana can be a bit overwhelming with its myriad of breweries, food stalls and music acts stretched right across Sky Stadium’s circular concourse. The festival should always be treated as a marathon, not a sprint, and as such it is important to have a decent feed...

Fade to Black: Can Pastry Stouts Save Dark Beer?

Fade to Black: Can Pastry Stouts Save Dark Beer?

This article started off as an in-depth look at the shrinking dominion of dark beer, and a depressing examination of how it ended up in its sorry state.  But writing that turned into a place my motivation went to die, and while you could draw some very meta...

East Or West, Hazy or Clear?

East Or West, Hazy or Clear?

IPA.  A beer style so transcendentally popular that it inevitably began to spawn sub-styles.  Red, black, while, Cold, Brut … the list kept growing.  But it was that West Coast American style of big, resinous and bitter beer that rose to power and became the model for...

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