Odds and Ends

  • NZ Per Capita Champions "With a population of roughly 4.8 million, the antipodean nation has more breweries per capita (4.56 per 100,000) than the UK (3.04), Australia (2.10) and ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2019, 11:02 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Lion's $20m craft beer gamble at Hobsonville Point hangar "An old Air Force hangar at Catalina Bay, Hobsonville Point is about to be reborn as a craft beer hall and eatery.The cavernous, 1500sq m Little Creatures craft brewery ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2019, 1:00 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Mike's Brewery moves into New Plymouth CBD "The owner of New Zealand's oldest craft brewery has said goodbye to rural life and moved his business into the city, bringing with it 16 jobs."Read more here
    Posted Dec 27, 2018, 4:42 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • A quick ride through a hazy year in beer "Here’s a quick run through some of strongest beer memories of the past year. I can never claim this is a definitive list of everything beer-related in New ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2018, 2:56 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • NZ's first craft beer diploma - in the heart of wine country "Kiwis love their craft beer and now they can get a tertiary qualification brewing it too. And while one might expect the new polytechnic course would be in the craft ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2018, 1:55 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • The best beer matches for classic barbecue foods "But when it comes to barbecue foods, not all beers are created equal. That 9 per cent double IPA might taste delicious, but if you have it with sweet sticky ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2018, 4:09 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • The Kiwi scientist dedicating to making better beer Dr Ron Beatson is a man happy to talk about hops."Oh, I could talk about hops all day," says the plant geneticist who has headed up the Plant & Food ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2018, 8:23 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Kiwi beer should aim to be best, not cheapest "Together they reckon they can grow local craft revenue to $98m a year over the next 10 years, that's $80m more that is currently forecast.If they're even ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2018, 11:15 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • If I were to drink my way around the country, here's how I'd do it. "This is the last of my beer columns so I'm going to leave you with a few recommendations to try at your leisure" says Michael Donaldson. Quickly read more ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2018, 9:36 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Is There A Reason Some Beers Take Off? "I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how and why certain beers take off. Is it purely chance, a confluence of conditions that is wholly unpredictable? Or is there ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2018, 11:29 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Medals and Maths II- the numbers behind this year’s beer awards "I spent an oddly-enjoyable afternoon spreadsheeting and pivoting and entabulating the results and present them now for a little look behind the curtain at how the newly-expanded list ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2018, 12:49 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • New Zealand's oldest craft beer brewery is far younger than you think "Beer expert and author Michael Donaldson has attacked Dominion Breweries for perpetuating a "myth" around its Monteith's craft beer.Under a photograph of a billboard showing a new Monteith ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2018, 5:59 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Michael Donaldson counts down the beer drinking top 10 "Riffing off Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Spotify playlist for New Zealand Music Month, and inspired by friends on Twitter, I've come up with the top 10 of music ...
    Posted May 18, 2018, 4:41 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Craft beer or bust "Many in the craft beer industry say the bubble is bursting. Are they just being sour?"Find out more here. 
    Posted May 9, 2018, 4:08 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Lion withdraws application for 'dank' trademark "Brewing giant Lion says it has withdrawn its trademark application for the word "dank".The company caused a stir in the craft beer world last week with the move, which ...
    Posted May 7, 2018, 6:36 PM by Andy McKenzie
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Wellington News

  • Wellington: How crafty moves put Wellington on the map "The Southern Hemisphere's best beer city is our capital, writes Michael Donaldson."Read more here. 
    Posted Jan 29, 2019, 10:19 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • An ale of two cities brought together by beer "We covet their prime minister and their fly-half. They love our pay rates and our weather. But could it be beer that finally calms the Trans Tasman rivalry between ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2018, 10:45 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Government and industry join forces for hop venture "Wellington craft brewers Garage Project and Nelson hop growing business Freestyle Farms have joined forces in an enterprise called Hāpi Research, which aims to develop the hops to create beer ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2018, 11:33 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Hawk turned dove: war-mongering beer reinvented with love "Love not war. Finger on the pulse rather than the trigger."What's all this about? Something to do with Garage Project. 
    Posted Aug 10, 2018, 10:28 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • ParrotDog Wins Again! 2018 West Coast IPA Challenge winners are ParrotDog. Other results attached. 
    Posted Jul 27, 2018, 11:09 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Mean Doses: New Brewery and Fillery "A brand new brewery and fillery is open in the Wellington CBD!! Mean Doses opened its doors to a lucky (& hopefully appreciative) public on 30 June, at 130 Tory Street ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2018, 11:56 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Double Vision To Open Brewery in Miramar "We also discuss how they decided to add a cream ale to part of their core range, the rather unusual workplace that brought them all together and make them squirm ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2018, 4:14 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Kererū Brewery wins big at Australian International Beer Awards "Kererū Brewing Company has kept New Zealand's dominant hold on a coveted international brewing title.Kiwi breweries have crossed the Tasman Sea five times over the last six years ...
    Posted May 22, 2018, 7:04 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Review: Heyday brewpub, Te Aro "As one of four new brewpubs to have miraculously popped up within a kilometre of each other on Te Aro Flat in just a matter of months, Heyday arrives very ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2018, 2:42 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Fortune Favours to open bar at Wellington airport "On Thursday 11th April, the Leeds St brewery opens a new bar at the airport, offering seven taps pouring Fortune Favours’ own brews as well as other Wellington breweries in ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2018, 3:33 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • The Occasional Brewer: Savings, Fun, and Brewing! "It's true that Kiwis love their craft brews, and the DIY approach has been steadily growing in popularity. At The Occasional Brewer, based in Wellington's Newtown, you can ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2018, 2:51 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • ParrotDog Bar To Open! 11am Friday 13th April 2018"Bring your mates or bring your lover, bring your Mum or your Dad, bring your baby or your cat or just fly on in solo ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2018, 12:45 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Whistling Sisters the latest in Wellington's brewpub boom "They've called their pub The Fermentery and have set up shop in the old Salvation Army building in the heart of Te Aro."Read more here. 
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 10:05 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • A $50 birthday beer – is it worth it? "I know people love to hate on the price of fancy beer so I'm honour-bound to admit I spent a shade under $50 for 650ml of 12.8 ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2018, 12:29 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • BrewDay landing in Upper Hutt Double Vision will be there. "We're so lucky because out of all the events we have done, BrewDay is our favourite," Drahota said.Part of that was because the ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 2:13 PM by Andy McKenzie
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Tastings ‎‎‎(see the Calendar as well)‎‎‎

  • Hāpi Festival & Symposium International hops (Hāpi in Maori) festival being organised by Garage Project:Hāpi Festival - 6th April 7:30pm till midnightLocation: Te Papa, WellingtonTICKETS WILL GO ON SALE 12 FEBRUARY ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2019, 11:44 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Regional Wines Beer Club Wednesday 21 November (6pm) at the Fortune Favours Bar, Leeds Street - $25ppSix new release beers fresh off the shelves from Regional Wines to taste, plus the re-launch of ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2018, 10:56 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Project Silver: Operation ParrotDog Fri-Sat 24th/25th November at The Malthouse. "This month we are showcasing Parrotdog (This year's West Coast IPA Winners). We will have a stunning lineup showcasing a special ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2018, 1:23 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Introducing Kinn Bryggeri Tuesday November 6 at 6:30pm. At Hashigozake. "A shipment of beer from Kinn Bryggeri in Norway has arrived in New Zealand. We've had a preview and were so ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2018, 11:41 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Bin44's Brewer's Birthday Bash (Baylands is the beer). 5pm Friday 19th October at Bin 44"Baylands Brewery & Brewing Supplies brewer Aidan is turning the magic number of 44 so where else would he celebrate it other then here ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2018, 2:13 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Piquant 2018 Saturday 20th October at the Rouge & Vagabond. "Head down for a crazy line up with all your favourite NZ breweries as they release never before seen Sours and limited release ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2018, 2:06 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • McLeod's at Malthouse 5pm Friday 19th OctoberJoin McLeod's at Wellington's iconic Malthouse for ten taps of delicious brews right from the heart of Northland!For probable tap line-up click ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2018, 1:59 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Swedish Invasion! Tap attack at Malthouse Thursday 4th October. "Prepare yourselves for a Swedish Invasion!Yes, the Malthouse is hosting the official launch of 4 Swedish breweries into New Zealand. There will be 5 delicious beers ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2018, 4:16 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Beers At The Basin We are back for round two on Saturday, 1st December 201811am – 7pm"Imagine yourself sitting on the grass embankment, having a refreshing beverage listening to some fine tunes, all ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2018, 8:45 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Wellington Road To Beervana Beervana warm-up events in Wellington. 
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 1:53 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • SOBA Winter Ale Festival One of Wellington's best beer festivals! Dark, high-octane, barrel-aged beers to help you get through the winter. 2pm - 7pm Sat 7th July at the Hunter Lounge (Victoria ...
    Posted May 10, 2018, 2:44 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Regional Wines Beer Club At Fortune Favours Wednesday 28 March (6pm) at the Fortune Favours Bar - $25ppMitch from Regional Wines and the guys at Fortune Favours will be hosting a monthly beer club at the sexy ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 4:34 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Craft Beer College: A Bunch Of Blind Tastings During October - December (2017).  "Faux" craft versus "Real" craft. Cheap vs Expensive. The World vs NZ. Some background here, and bookings from here
    Posted Sep 3, 2017, 5:45 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • To ØL invades HUSK 5pm Friday 20th Jan to 11pm 26th Jan at HUSK"The Vikings are coming!12 taps pouring the latest from To Øl in Denmark.Black Baal : Black Triple IPA with ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2017, 11:33 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • EuroZone Tap Unification Friday 20th January at Hashigozake"A deluge of European beers is upon us. Beer Without Borders' first shipment of 2017 is full of kegs from pioneering Eurobrewers Freigeist (DE) To ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2017, 11:34 PM by Andy McKenzie
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