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The time has come for society to wake up to the virtues of wrapping your malt beverages in glorious aluminium.


This desert-island beer question got me thinking about why I drink a beer, and my answers surprised even myself.


Within the bleeding obvious hophead trend lies another trend—brewing hoppy IPAs of any colour except their original ‘beer colour’.


Wellington: Now with added Brewery!


Some of you may have read in the Dom Post about a severe shortage of hops emerging in the great nation of the United States of America. This comes at a terrible time for Wellingtonians who are just beginning to discover the magical flavours with which US-grown hops can imbue a beer. Local breweries which [...]


Aussie beer unfairly gets a bad rep over here, but it’s not all VB, XXXX and Toohey’s. While the craft beer movement isn’t as advanced as in New Zealand, it’s most certainly growing. The recent Beervana beer festival brought a rare opportunity to try beer from little heard of breweries from across the ditch. Oft-hailed [...]


When I headed to Rarotonga for a recent holiday I expected a pretty grim beer scene, but my expectations were very misguided. Upon arrival I learned that there are two breweries on the small island of 14,000 inhabitants—not a bad ratio. These two breweries were Cook’s Lager Brewery and Matutu Brewery, and I visited both. [...]


Once upon a time, two Victoria University students had a dream—to sell their homebrew commercially in New Zealand. And that dream has recently come true—despite the fact they’re still studying. A few months after starting home brewing myself, I met Matt Warner and Matt Kristovski, who lived down the road from me. They came over [...]


“Needs More Hops” is a commonly heard phrase around beer bars. And every year the Malthouse holds a celebration of this phrase—the Annual West Coast IPA Challenge. Traditionally, this challenge has involved two beers—Epic Armageddon and Hallertau Humulus Lupulus Maximus. But this year, neither beer was present. Instead, the competition was opened up to all [...]