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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 […]

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 […]

Craft beer census – draft results

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the craft beer census. We have had good returns from around the country, with an exceptional commitment from the Nelson crew. The results to date are available here: Draft beer census The craft beer industry is growing fast, and this census will give us a benchmark to track […]

Emerson’s Dark Beauties – 2011 Master Class

It is always good value for money and an entertaining afternoon, especially when Richard in is Willie Wonka mode and revealing an experiment or two.

How SOBA won the Radler case

SOBA did extremely well out of the decision and won everything it could expect to win

Free Beervana tickets available now!

You get to represent a Beervana exhibitor, serve excellent beer, and take on the job of passing on your passion for great beer. Trust me, you’ll be popular.

The rights and wrongs of contract brewing

McLaren Vale is a wine producing region, and is named after the international motorsport team founded by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. Not everyone knows that.

Choose one – but don’t choose the Chosen One

It will be disappointing if beer buyers taste any of The Chosen One products I tasted and think they are representative of craft beer. The samples I was given showed fundamental flaws of the kind I experience when judging home brews.

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