The Malthouse Blog
“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.

“Dude, this is going to be Epic”
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:46

I began last week’s blog with some considerable gloating about favourable rugby results and, as I should have expected, fate immediately slapped me firmly on my ample derriere. I was of course completely wrong. I falsely accused the All Blacks of coming fifth at the Wellington Sevens when in fact they actually finished sixth.

Send the last Scottish beer homeward – tae think again
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:36

Now, everyone knows that I am not one to gloat when I am right – partly because it happens so rarely – but I was about the Wellington Sevens last weekend. In recent McMalty blogs I had repeatedly touted the power of the current Scottish Sevens rugby squad, and pointed out their august place above New Zealand in the rankings – partly because that situation is even rarer than me being right.

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