The Malthouse Blog
“Hey, why the Boneface?” - Boneface Brewery Launch
Monday, 20 March 2017 15:10

When I first started writing about beer the very concept that people in Upper Hutt would even be drinking craft beer seemed rather farfetched (at best). Around that time, I was asked at a regular tasting event in an undisclosed location in Wallaceville “where can I find good beer around here?” and my (non-sarcastic) answer was “Wellington”.

“Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent – all must be tasted”: Sourfest 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:45

This week my personal beer hell continues with a second straight column all about sour beers. I have grabbed the title of this blog from a Chinese proverb because my own quotations about sour beers would generally be caught and deleted by even the most basic profanity filter.

“The sour quality is set opposite to the bitter and the sweet”: Sourfest 2017
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 14:11

This is a day I have long been dreading. Not only is today the introduction of pink ball cricket into New Zealand but also the exact instance I have to start blogging about sour beers. Not just once, I have to do it again next week as well.

The Big Illusions
Friday, 03 March 2017 13:33

As a professional beer writer, many people like to send me pictures of the beer they are drinking and ask my opinion about it. Last night my phone beeped three times in rapid succession at the family dinner table. Questioned about who was texting me, I had to confess it was a sitting Member of Parliament sending me a photograph of the beer he was enjoying.

“No need for an Apocalypse, can’t we all just find some Common Grounds”
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:55

So, Donald Trump is the President of the United States

“Dude, the Magic Rock is back”
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 14:51

On balance, I quite like traditions – after all, I do still use a cheque book (well, technically three chequebooks), buy DVDs and vote for the National Party. My default philosophy is - if something is working then I won’t change anything because I just want it to keep functioning as it always had before.

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