Issue 54: September 2020

Quiet achievers on top of world again

Quiet achievers on top of world again

Cassels Brewing continue to play the “quiet achiever” role in the New Zealand beer scene. The Christchurch brewery that started with a tiny wood-fired kettle a few years back continues to grow volume and they're now celebrating a repeat triumph for their flagship Milk...

Dry, with a cool change

Dry, with a cool change

Dry July is cool and good now, because I did it. In years past, being a brewer, I was a Dry July hater, lumping it in with Movember as a private school activity for smug, condescending goody-goods who I am unable to criticize because they are raising money for...

Lockdown blues

Lockdown blues

Tucked away on the gloomy industrial fringe of Christchurch’s central city you can find 12 Bar – a craft beer and live music venue all about the blues.  An apt choice maybe, as when they finally opened their doors earlier this year the city around them was about...

Axe marks the spot

Axe marks the spot

Axe throwing and beer. What could possibly go wrong? Thankfully the first stop on Auckland's newest beer tour is a palate cleanser before imbibing at two of the region's best breweries, and despite my father being a competitive...

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...

Best in the west

Best in the west

The Malthouse West Coast IPA Challenge is one of the most hotly anticipated events on New Zealand’s beer calendar, attracting beer geeks from across the country. I’ve been attending the annual event since way back when it was...

Best budget hazies

Best budget hazies

The haze craze which started back in 2003 in the USA and has since sailed its way over to our shores and is arguably the most popular style of craft beer in the land, well it certainly is mine. While the haze craze has been somewhat exclusive to hop heads and other...

Reviews: Sep 2020

Reviews: Sep 2020

DOUBLE VISION The Classic Lager 4.5%abv Just like lawn mowing, my lager consumption drops off a fair bit at this time of year.  But with the temperature here soaring into the double digits for the first time in a fortnight, I thought I’d crack one open. ...

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