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Diary of a Hop Farmer

Diary of a Hop Farmer

In the first of a new series, hop farmer Josh Lewis takes us through the life cycle on a hop farm, starting with the aftermath of the harvest.

Low Carb Lowdown

Low Carb Lowdown

It’s one of the fastest growing segments in the beer market so we review the best low carb craft beers on the market.

Beer Haikus Vol 3

Beer Haikus Vol 3

Clown Shoes Pineapple Space Cake It’s bitter and bold I dreamt of flying through space With some clown shoes on…   Garage Project Omne Trium Perfectum: Rose, Saffron and Lemon Zest Colour of sunset Lip-smacking lemon with rose Bye, my friend summer  ...

Editor’s choice: 10 best beer moments of 2021

Editor’s choice: 10 best beer moments of 2021

It's been a long time since I tried to do a list of "best" beers of a year. It's just too damn hard to sort great beers into some kind of ranking order.   I'm more fond of the memorable beers. Occasions. Moments when whatever I was drinking made me stop and really...

Capital Diary December — Festive Bevvies

Capital Diary December — Festive Bevvies

December beer drinking kicked off with the Summerstock festival where 31 Wellington venues each showcased a summer beer brewed by a NZ craft brewer. The festival lasted a week and I managed to get a taste of 13 before they sold out. The standouts for me were: Brew...

The best of 2021 in beer: Tim Newman’s top-10

The best of 2021 in beer: Tim Newman’s top-10

Some of my top 10 for 2021 is going to be reflective of the Brewers Guild Awards, since reviewing the trophy winners for Pursuit of Hoppiness gave me access and insight into those beers, as well as leaving them fresh in my mind.  But as ever there’s the overlooked,...

State of the Hazy Nation

State of the Hazy Nation

The sheer volume of hazy beers spread like, well, some kind of virus in 2021. Martin Bridges checks out the state of this hazy nation.

Belgian beauties: a dozen classics

Belgian beauties: a dozen classics

Belgian beers are often called gourmet beers due to their complexity, diversity of flavours and affinity with food. So when I came across a special on 12 Belgian beers online, I snapped it up as a Father’s Day present for myself. First up was Lindemans Cassis Lambic,...

Capital dairy – Lockdown yo-yo beer

Capital dairy – Lockdown yo-yo beer

September started as August finished, locked-down and drinking internet beer. The Baylands mixed six pack of cans the beer pixies delivered emphasised drinkability with the light and malty Britannia Bitter and lemony Petone Pale Ale standing out. I also had a six-pack...

Haiku beer reviews

Haiku beer reviews

Stephen Gallagher applies the haiku format to beer reviews   Volstead Mr Ombibulous IPA Ombibulous is A hard beer name to haiku Prohibition sucks!   Canyon Cardrona Hazy 80s IPA Skiing on my tongue Juicy, hazy, dank and fresh A good beer for spring  ...

Beer, interrupted: Capital Diary August 2021

Beer, interrupted: Capital Diary August 2021

August was going to be big with the Visa Wellington on a Plate food and drink festival running the whole month. I picked out some beer-related events and while I hadn’t got up to speed when the Covid-19 boom came down, I did get a few in. Friday, August 6 was...

Stout and About

Stout and About

Philip Walter is captivated by the sheer diversity of stouts on offer in New Zealand. As a result his fridge is very dark inside.

Double Dose of Local

Double Dose of Local

If you could invigorate your local economy by drinking beer, would you? I assume most of us realise that spending our dollars at locally-owned small businesses is good for our neighbours and communities, but assuming has often got me into trouble. So why should you...

Climbing The Beer Ladder

Climbing The Beer Ladder

Philip Walter climbs the ladder of flavour with a beer tasting flight featuring an imperial saison, barrel-aged IPA and a truffle Quad.

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