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NZ Per Capita Champions

posted Feb 20, 2019, 11:02 PM by Andy McKenzie

"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 the USA (1.96)."

Lion's $20m craft beer gamble at Hobsonville Point hangar

posted Jan 26, 2019, 1:00 PM by Andy McKenzie

"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 will open on Waitangi Day, February 6 2019"

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Mike's Brewery moves into New Plymouth CBD

posted Dec 27, 2018, 4:42 PM by Andy McKenzie

"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."

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A quick ride through a hazy year in beer

posted Dec 20, 2018, 2:56 PM by Andy McKenzie

"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 Zealand — just an abridged version of a personal beer diary made up of memorable moments and observations."

Michael Donaldson takes you on an interesting jog through his year of beer

NZ's first craft beer diploma - in the heart of wine country

posted Dec 4, 2018, 1:55 AM by Andy McKenzie

"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 beer capital of Wellington, instead it is in the heart of wine country."

Well one of the hearts, but where might that be?

The best beer matches for classic barbecue foods

posted Nov 30, 2018, 4:09 PM by Andy McKenzie

"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 ribs, you'll get into a cloying sensory overload."

Check out some suggestions from Michael Donaldson. 

The Kiwi scientist dedicating to making better beer

posted Nov 2, 2018, 8:23 AM by Andy McKenzie

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 Research hop breeding programme from its Motueka site since 1984.

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Kiwi beer should aim to be best, not cheapest

posted Oct 19, 2018, 11:15 AM by Andy McKenzie

"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 half right it seems a hell of a good idea. And it spells further shake-up for a seemingly complacent industry."

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If I were to drink my way around the country, here's how I'd do it.

posted Oct 19, 2018, 9:36 AM by Andy McKenzie

"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. 

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Is There A Reason Some Beers Take Off?

posted Oct 9, 2018, 11:29 PM by Andy McKenzie

"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 a ghost somewhere in the machine, an invisible hand pulling levers and creating those conditions that, to the causal eye, appear random?"

Jeff Alworth has some examples and a theory

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