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Some sober reflections on beer

Some sober reflections on beer

by / October 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

If all the beer produced around the world was put into cans – and there are some people who would probably think that was a very good idea – the resulting stack would go from the earth to the moon over 35 times. Just like that, you are smarter than you were a minute ago. [...]

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Where to drink Beer in Wellington

Where to drink Beer in Wellington

by / September 29, 2008 / [ 2 Comments ]

One of the best aspects of being a beer writer – apart from the master key to every brewery in the country and being called a “hero” in a letter to the editor – is all the research. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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The Best Beers in the Land

The Best Beers in the Land

by / September 22, 2008 / No Comments

It is a simple fact that the winners of proper competitions are decided by proper judges. Text voting from the masses probably makes “New Zealand’s Got Talent”, Telecom and Vodafone truck loads of money each week but the results are hardly based on merit. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Beers of Asia

Beers of Asia

by / September 15, 2008 / No Comments

People drink more than 130 million litres of beer every year. I’m certainly doing more than my share. However, in most countries, beer consumption per capita has been steadily dropping for many years. Some beer lovers are choosing to drink less but drink better. The one region which bucks this downward trend is Asia, where [...]

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Beer and Politics – Wellington Central

Beer and Politics – Wellington Central

by / September 8, 2008 / No Comments

Politics and beer go together like VUWSA and financial mismanagement. With the general election approaching, it seemed timely to put the genuinely tough questions to the candidates standing for Wellington Central. This column is not distracted by peripheral issues like tax cuts, mysterious trusts or secret agendas. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Eye on the Monteith’s  beer and wild food challenge

Eye on the Monteith’s beer and wild food challenge

by / September 1, 2008 / No Comments

A food judge is expected to examine every dish very closely. In the recent Monteith’s Beer and Wild Food Challenge, there were two entries which looked right back. Diners at Crazyhorse were confronted by a half pig head which had been lovingly braised with Monteith’s Pilsner and apple for hours. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post [...]

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Monteith’s Turns 140

Monteith’s Turns 140

by / August 11, 2008 / No Comments

While many of the brewers in the big commercial plants are quite happy to do the same thing over and over again (a bit like maths students), most craft brewers have very short attention spans and are always looking for something new to interest them (just like sociology students). Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to [...]

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Belgian Beer

Belgian Beer

by / August 4, 2008 / 1 Comment

Most people would be blissfully unaware that my favourite beer day of the year has just passed. For the vast majority, their choice would be St Patrick’s Day – an annual opportunity to invent some specious Irish ancestry, drink green Guinness and skip lectures in order to spend most of the day queuing at the [...]

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Beer and Wild Food Challenge

Beer and Wild Food Challenge

by / July 28, 2008 / No Comments

Most people are basically familiar with the rudimentary concepts of wine matching. At a primal level, we generally know that white wine goes with fish, red wine goes with game. This may even be true – I have no idea. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Dark Beers

Dark Beers

by / July 14, 2008 / No Comments

A surprising number of people have absolutely no idea how beers get a dark colour. Depressingly, the majority seem to think that artificial colour is simply added at some specified point in the brewing process and – hey presto – instant dark beer. Tragically, that is precisely how a couple of breweries do it. Share [...]

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