A late arrival in my tasting rundown of this year’s Brewers Guild Awards trophy winners, in this case champion Dark Lager.  Late maybe, but this one arrived in style, contained within a leviathan one litre can.  Just cracking it open was strangely daunting. Aromas of malt biscuits and bush honey, with toasted whole grain bread in the background along with a fruity and faintly herbal hoppiness.  The palate leans drier than the rich nose would suggest, with clean but robust malt character up front and a cleansing hop bitterness further in.  Big and chewy at first, but gradually drying into the long finish to end with a touch of flinty minerality and just a thread of smoke.  An immensely satisfying dark lager that compacts many layers of flavour into its extremely mild 4.8 per cent ABV like only dark beer can.

Bootleg burning their own path

When Omicron started its sweep of the country, the Bootleg Sessions were born: music gigs at the brewery’s Matangi base limited to 100 people with all the proceeds going to the musicians.

Taranaki’s booming beer scene

Taranaki breweries have been shining bright at recent awards so we take a trip around the mountain to find the region’s best beer

Good George win Smith’s IPA Challenge — again

Good George has won the Smith’s NZ IPA Challenge in Queenstown for the second year in a row with their Haze of Glory.

Haiku Beer Vol 4

In volume four of his beer Haiku series, Stephen Gallagher takes us from Atlanta to Wanaka for some poetic beers.

Bootleg T-Straight Burnout Stout 

Bootleg T Straight Burnout Smokey Stout is tremendous winter drinking, and a superb match for rich and savoury comfort food. 

A year on from beer’s #metoo reckoning what’s changed

A year on from beer’s #metoo reckoning what action has been taken to make our beer community a safer and more inclusive one?