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Lions, Lions, Lions – The British and Irish beers are coming
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 12:18

Once every 12 years the best rugby players from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland put aside their long-standing differences, pull on the hallowed red jersey and head south to try and beat the All Blacks, hands down the best team in the world. The British and Irish Lions (better known as the LIONS! LIONS! LIONS!) [1] will play ten matches here starting on 3 June 2017.

Hold the phones – Hops in the Hopinator
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:35

I have many powers – and they are pretty sweet –

Last Night a DJ Saved my Life: Staff Profiles in Courage (DJ Verdi)
Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:45

Welcome to the eighth instalment of the universally adored Malthouse blog feature titled “Staff Profiles in Courage.” This semi-regular format involves me sitting down with a noteworthy Malty staffer, at my hallowed table in the bar, hopefully turning on my voice recorder properly, always managing to drink a hoppy ale (or two), and asking a number of ferociously researched questions about their life and career. [1]

This one was a little different. The interviewee had never served me a beer – in fact, we had never met. That is because Dave Green, better known as DJ Verdi, is a hip Disc Jockey who has been playing at Malthouse for around five years, and I have a record collection filled with Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Chris de Burgh and the album made by Wham’s back-up singers Pepsi and Shirley. [2] Additionally, I suspect I generally go to bed at about the same time that he wakes up and goes to work. In my defence, at least I have a cellphone.

And I for one welcome our Hopstock overlords...
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:51

The Craft Beer Capital (CBC) people are wonderful. Every year they organise Hopstock, a Wellington-wide celebration of sticky, green hopped, resinous and, frankly, sensual fresh hopped beers simply to honour my birthday.

Richard Emerson: The Spirit in the Sky
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:07

March was a somewhat rocky month for this blog. I was forced to write solely about sour beers on no less than two occasions. However, I also got to post the 400th Malthouse blog which is right up there as an absolute career highlight. April is already promising to be much better with the impending arrival of Hopstock – a now annual Wellington-wide celebration of fresh, green hopped, beery goodness. [1]

Issue 400: The Surprising Evolution of a Beer Blog
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 08:39

In October 2008, I penned the very first Malthouse blog which was, appropriately enough, titled the “Pursuit of Hoppiness”. That was a phrase I first heard in the United States at the World Beer Cup. I really liked it, and there is the added advantage that it also reflects quite nicely my beer tastes, then and now. Here is the first paragraph in full:

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