US brewer apologises for offence. NZ brewer doesn’t

US brewery drops reference to Maori King An American boutique brewery has dropped the title Maori King for one of the beers following criticism of the name. The brewery, Funkwerks of Colorado, says it did not intend to disrespect the Maori people or their culture by calling the beer Maori King and has now changed […]

Have you had anything to drink this evening, sir?

Well, yes, I have Friday: Tuatara Helles, Tuatara Pilsner, Tuatara Hefe, Tuatara IPA, Tuatara Porter, Tuatara APA, Tuatara Ardennes (hosting a Tuatara tasting). Saturday: Tuatara Pilsner, Tuatara APA, Yeastie Boys Lady Marmalade, Moo Brew Pale Ale, Epic Barrel-Aged IPA Sunday: Three Boys Pilsner, Emerson’s Pilsner, Matson’s Pine Tree Black, Feral Karma Citra Hey, what can […]

Radler case put into context

Tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, my mates at This Way Up are taking a look at the radler case. They’re speaking to an intellectual-property lawyer, and also looking at other controversial IP cases, including Fonterra’s trademarking of Vintage. It will be broadcast on RadioNZ 101FM at 12.30 tomorrow 27 August. If you miss it you can listen […]

Home brew countdown time again

Do not on any account enter a commercial beer just for the craic. That is against the rules. Rule number two to be specific

Fresh really is best

What can we do to ensure we get the best quality for our beer-buying buck?

Confessions of a Beervana volunteer

Like many other NZ beer fans, I spent much of last weekend at Beervana in Wellington. I’ve been going to Beervana and its precedents for nearly ten years now, both as a punter and as a member of the news media. This year I also volunteered and spent the busy Saturday night session manning the […]

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