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The spirit of spontaneity

The spirit of spontaneity

Spontaneously-fermented beers, or wild ales, are making a comeback. Luke Owen Smith visits some of the Kiwi brewers working with mother nature.

Froth yeast turns Bookbinder into trophy winner

Froth yeast turns Bookbinder into trophy winner

One of the highlights of the Brewers Guild Awards last year was Emerson’s Bookbinder taking out the trophy in the British Ale category. For a beer that’s been around for almost 30 years, a beer that was a gateway to craft for so many enthusiasts, a beer so-well loved,...

A Mixed Six with Jesse Sigurdsson of Shining Peak

A Mixed Six with Jesse Sigurdsson of Shining Peak

In this series we ask brewers to talk about three of their own beers and three beers they love from other breweries. Favourite beer in your core range? This is a tough one as it generally changes based on mood, weather and such, but I'd say I'd be most inclined to...

New Zealand’s Beer Hall of Fame

New Zealand’s Beer Hall of Fame

The genesis of this was simple enough. Beer blogger and Pursuit of Hoppiness contributor, Phil Walter, asked on Twitter about whether New Zealand needed a Beer Hall of Fame. Great idea, I told him — and, well, that was over a year ago. But I then had the brainwave...

A Mixed Six with Mike Neilson of Panhead

A Mixed Six with Mike Neilson of Panhead

In the latest edition of our Mixed Six we speak to Mike Neilson, founder of Panhead Custom Ales Favourite beer in your core range? It would have to be our Port Road Pilsner. I feel like it’s a beer that brewers drink: light, clean and refreshing, with enough hops to...

Waiheke Wonder: Alibi Brewing

Waiheke Wonder: Alibi Brewing

Waiheke Island’s Alibi Brewing, crowned Champion Exhibitor at the 2021 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards, is ready for a break-out year after getting a canning machine in place just days after their award.

Small Gods: From Satan to Santa

Small Gods: From Satan to Santa

Beer Jerk has been connecting craft enthusiasts with rare and interesting styles for years. The men behind the online operation have also been making their own, collaborating with other breweries and, more recently, going it alone. But Small Gods is hardly Beer Jerk’s homebrand.

Ground Up going up and up

Ground Up going up and up

"Punks in the Gym" may bring to mind images of gym rats lifting dumbbells and doing squats. But this IPA by Ground Up Brewing in Wanaka, New Zealand, is actually named for a famously challenging sport climbing route in Australia. “It was the world’s hardest climb in...

Rhyme X Reason’s Can-do attitude

Rhyme X Reason’s Can-do attitude

When Rhyme x Reason rolled up its big doors for the first time on an industrial street in Wānaka in June 2017, it was the first brew pub in town. Now, it might be one of a few — but it remains one of a kind. The brainchild of head brewer Jess Wolfgang and her partner...

A Mixed Six with Craftwork

A Mixed Six with Craftwork

For our second edition of the Mixed Six, we chat to Lee-Ann Scotti and Michael O’Brien of Craftwork, Oamaru’s masters of esoteric Belgian styles.  Six questions on their favourite beers:  three about their brews, three about other people’s. Favourite beer in your core...

Beyond the Beer: Conversations about Diversity

Beyond the Beer: Conversations about Diversity

A conversation has started in New Zealand about inclusion and diversity within the beer industry, sparked by a global #MeToo movement. Denise Garland spoke to two prominent women in the sector, Brewers Guild Executive Director, Sabrina Kunz, and the Chair of Pink Boots NZ, Nicola Kay, who are helping to lead that discussion and encourage change.

Little Beer Quarter Turns 10

Little Beer Quarter Turns 10

In 10 years’ serving Wellington drinkers, Little Beer Quarter has survived a fire, a flood and now a pandemic, to become one of the capital’s favourite bars. On Saturday, July 23, 2011, LBQ opened its doors to friends and family in a soft opening, welcoming in the...

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