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Capital Diary: what’s happening around Wellington

Capital Diary: what’s happening around Wellington

May was marked by the curse of the drinking class – work. As a result, I missed a swag of beer events early in the month. I did however get another business trip to Hamilton as a consolation. This time I went to the Good George brewery taproom in Frankton for lunch. I...

A Dunner Stunner in the 09

A Dunner Stunner in the 09

Auckland, finally, you did it – you made a downtown beer festival that rocked. Actually, that should read Dunedin, you did it …  That’s because the brains behind Dunedin’s superb annual beer festival brought some southern smarts, and a few cheese rolls, to the big...

Old but gold: Breweries doing Great classical styles

Old but gold: Breweries doing Great classical styles

Hops, haze and hype — in the current beer scene it’s hard to find new releases or freehouse tap lineups not dominated by modern styles: XPA, NEIPA, Pastry Stout, Mountain IPA ... the list goes on (not without good reason). While the modern craft movement and the...

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...

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