This is the first time I’ve seen a beer from The Theoretical Brewer (New Plymouth) in the South Island, and appearing by way of the New World Top-30 is a good way for it to make an entrance.  It might only be 5% ABV, but the aroma is huge.  Pungent gooseberry and white grape up front with some fresh cut grass and citrus blossom further in.  On the tongue it’s light bodied and rapid, with a zippy acidity that holds up into the long fruity finish.  A great hazy that expertly leverages all the strengths of the style to cram maximum flavour into its modest alcohol weight.

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?