The Malthouse Blog
Oh Flower of Scotland (in which I get all patriotic)
Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:54

Next Wednesday (25 January 2017) is Robbie Burns Day, a hugely important day on the Scottish calendar as right-thinking Celtic people around the world celebrate the epic poetry of Mr Robert Burns with whisky, haggis, poems and beer. [1] Malthouse will be marking this august date appropriately with a massive Scottish craft beer tap showcase, some Lorne sausage, deep fried Mars bars and haggis. [2]

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Neil’s Top Ten New Zealand Beers of 2016
Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:24

The once annual list of my top ten Kiwi beers for the preceding year always proved to be the most anticipated and controversial blog of the year.

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The Year in Beer: 2016 – Reviewed Through the Bottom of a Pint Glass
Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:11

2016 has been a decidedly mixed year. If I was a trained historian – and it seems that I am and have a legitimate piece of paper to prove it – I would academically describe this year as “WTF.”

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All I want for Christmas is a keg of beer (or thirteen)
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:24

All I want for Christmas is a keg of beer (or thirteen)

Do not get me wrong here – I like Christmas. I like spending time with my family, I like eating too much, and I like giving and getting presents. What usually “grinds my gears” this time of year is the excessive promotion of forced Christmas cheer in stores, bars and workplaces – particularly if it all starts way too early.

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Epic 11th Birthday: “My secret dream is to write an epic poem. That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.”
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:23

Epic 11th Birthday: “My secret dream is to write an epic poem. That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.”

This blog has for many years been built on three literary devices – tangents, disclaimers and footnotes. For once, it is time to move straight to the disclaimer before one and a half pages of finely written tangential prose about cricket (not so good right now), Star Wars (looking kind of marvellous right now) and soon to be former Prime Minister John Key. [1]

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Up above the streets and houses, rainbow climbing high
Monday, 28 November 2016 15:25

Over the years there have been many songs written about rainbows.

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