Opinion

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,...

Core Competencies: in search of NZ’s best core range beers

Core Competencies: in search of NZ’s best core range beers

A frequent topic of discussion here at Beer Jerk Towers is “which New Zealand brewery has the best core range?” While it’s often easy to get sucked into the cycle of new releases and exciting experiments that keep us on our toes, core range beers have the advantage of...

Capital Diary: Going to the Dogs

Capital Diary: Going to the Dogs

In early August I had only just started re-indulging in craft beer again when the spectre of another lockdown started circling. Luckily, on the night we went back to Level 2 I had a booked a beer club night at the Waitoa Social Club on Victoria Street, so were able to...

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Do you ever think back to moments in your life and ponder just how defining it has been? I liken my first real “craft beer” experience to what I imagine happened the first time Richie McCaw picked up a rugby ball and ran with it. Obviously, McCaw went on to having an...

Lost in description

Lost in description

I am amazed by the creativity of brewers and their marketing teams when it comes to beer names. None of their name creations surprise me anymore and many put a smile on my face, like ‘Puddle Jumper’ (a New England IPA from Alibi Brewing) or ‘Fuzzy Cuzzy’ (an IPA by...

A fault by any other name …

A fault by any other name …

If you read the news, you know there is a lot of faulted beer out there in the market. I understand I am not the first person to cynically suggest that beer quality is down the list of priorities when releasing a beer to market. It seems to me that cool labels, funny...

Let the right one in

Let the right one in

In my years running craft beer bars and bottle shops, one of the things I’ve heard over and over again – usually from someone who’s been dragged along to my niche corner of beer nerdery by their more enthusiastic mate or partner – is “I don’t like beer”. My response...

After lockdown diary

After lockdown diary

The highlight of domestic confinement during lockdown was online beer shopping from local craft breweries. You sent an email and beer would appear on the doorstep as if left by beer pixies, and all you have is a text to know the...

I how learned to stop worrying and love lager

I how learned to stop worrying and love lager

The winds of change came like an unforecast southerly blast. The weather was still warm, Auckland deep in its drought. And I craved a cold lager. The winds of change came like an unforecast southerly blast. The weather was still warm, Auckland deep in its drought. And...

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