Odds and Ends

  • 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  • Lion withdraws application for 'dank' trademark "Brewing giant Lion says it has withdrawn its trademark application for the word "dank".The company caused a stir in the craft beer world last week with the move, which ...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
  • Crafty Lion seeks trademark for 'dank' beer "Corporate giant Lion has caused a stir in the craft beer world with a move to try to trademark the word "dank"."Read more about this corporate skulduggery. 
    Posted May 5, 2018, 4:39 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America "Corporate goliaths are taking over the U.S. economy. Yet small breweries are thriving. Why?"Very informative article to read. 
    Posted Apr 29, 2018, 1:54 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • Taranaki's beer-brewing chemical engineer "A chemical and materials engineer is taking his skills to a whole new level - he's opening a brewery. Douglas Eng is an engineer by trade but after realising he ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2018, 12:49 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • For your health: a beer that's 96.3 per cent ethanol-free "Public service announcement: beer – or any alcohol for that matter – is not a health food.This is just in case you've been duped by the latest advertising campaign promoting ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 3:52 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Philip Morris Tobacco Launch Beautiful Truth Campaign "Following the New Zealand Brewers Association's roll out of their “Beer the beautiful truth” campaign. Cigarette maker Philip Morris Tobacco has jumped on the health bandwagon by dispelling myths ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2018, 1:15 AM by Andy McKenzie
  • What Do You Do When Your Favourite Brewery Gets Sold To The Man? "But to many, craft brewing often feels like something more than just a business. It’s also a movement. Our favourite breweries often represent a set of principles and attitudes ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2018, 6:16 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Is the Kiwi dozen beer’s new battleground? "Independent brewers have elbowed their way onto supermarket shelves in the last decade, but the “dozen” remains firmly in the grip of the big breweries. Shane Cowlishaw looks at whether ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 2:17 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • A Diamond in the Flesh — Getting to the Heart of New Zealand Beer Fantastic overview of the NZ beer scene and its origin by Matthew Curtis. 
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 3:33 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Global IPA Domination - Not In New Zealand's Interests "Had your fresh-as Lagunitas IPA yet?If you have, you know it’s a really good beer. But is it good for New Zealand?Last year, Lagunitas went into ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2017, 5:40 PM by Andy McKenzie
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Wellington News

  • 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
  • Rogue & Vagabond: Raise a glass for the workers "Rogue & Vagabond got accredited for the Living Wage late last year after manager Calum advocated for it."But what about the outside commercial cleaners, and what does Tom think? Read ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 8:44 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Yeastie Boys 2017: Trials; Tribulations; Achievements "2017 was not the year we’d thought it was going to be. It’s as simple as that.While the numbers will pretty much hit what we’d been ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2018, 4:47 PM by Andy McKenzie
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Tastings ‎‎‎(see the Calendar as well)‎‎‎

  • 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
  • Greater Wellington Brewday 11.30am to 6.30pm Sat 18th February (at Trentham race course)"BrewDay is back for 2017 with a new, larger venue close to Wellington city and easily accessed by ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 3:21 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • 8 WIRED, LIVE AND IN-STORE Free mini-tasting. 5-7pm Friday 8th July at Regional Wines and Spirits. "Join us at 5pm on Friday 8th July to taste a few new releases from Beer-nutters ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 4:35 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • National Sculpin Day Friday 22nd July. At Goldings and Bethel Woods (for Wellington). Thats right!Ladies, gents, ladygents, gentladies and everyone in between!It's that time again!NATIONAL SCULPIN IPA DAY is ...
    Posted Jul 3, 2016, 4:38 PM by Andy McKenzie
  • Wellington SOBA Events 2016 Update Whole of SOBA pre-Beervana get togetherFrom 4:00pm, Thursday 11 August, Basque Rooftop Bar, WellingtonFree with SOBA discount on drinks, delicious paella providedWe know lots of ...
    Posted May 29, 2016, 12:21 AM by Andy McKenzie
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