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Capital Diary: A holiday haze

Capital Diary: A holiday haze

The summer holiday break offers plenty of opportunities for craft beer fun and I had my share. One Sunday afternoon at the end of November I stopped in at the Malthouse as I was walking by for an emergency pint. The definitive West Coast IPA from American Green Flash...

Seeing clarity through the dirty water

Seeing clarity through the dirty water

“Seltzer” can be a bit of a dirty word in the beer industry. You don’t have to look far on social media to see alpha male beer jocks turning up their craft beer noses up at the thought these beverages – but it’s 2021, get with the times, or be left high and dry....

20 beers that made 2020 better

20 beers that made 2020 better

So, 2020, eh? It was bad, weird, stressful, depressing in places, but it also had plenty of upside. Beer-wise it felt like a lot was happening – or maybe that’s because we little else to do for many weeks than sit at home and dream up online orders. So as a final...

An idyllic dozen of the decade

An idyllic dozen of the decade

To celebrate a decade writing about beer, I’ve created my idyllic dozen that signify my personal journey over the past 10 years. I’m lucky that in 2010, there were only a fraction of the beers available that we have now. It was possible then to work your way through...

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...

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...

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...

Salt in the malt: a quick guide to Gose

Salt in the malt: a quick guide to Gose

If you’re of the right age you may remember your grandfather (or grandmother) putting salt in his or her beer. Salting beer wasn’t an uncommon practice in the early part of last century – between the wars. There’s no definitive reason why people added salt to their...

Across the Great Divide

Across the Great Divide

How can a beer go from being the best in New Zealand to one that’s pilloried on social media as “crap”? The beer in question is Moa Southern Alps – a multi-award winning White IPA. If you’re a member of the Facebook group, Saving The World With Couch Beers, you’ll...

The battle between Haze & Clear

The battle between Haze & Clear

There has been a lot of digital ink spilled on the rise of the Hazy IPA. Whether you love them or hate them, everyone must admit that they have stormed the beer scene like no other IPA variant (Imperial, Black, Red, White, Session, Grapefruit, Milkshake, Glitter,...

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