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“A Quick Pint” – Why it never means one swift drink
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 17:01

“A Quick Pint” – Why it never means one swift drink

I am an old school kind of guy. That is the cool way of saying that modern technology and I have a very poor relationship (at best). My printer breaks down whenever something is important, my computer claims to have less memory than Hilary Clinton talking about her private email account, and my allegedly smart phone delights in turning itself off while I am physically entering the PIN number to make it actually work.


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Another blog about hops and I could not be happier if Quade Cooper fell over Gareth Morgan
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:43

Another blog about hops and I could not be happier if Quade Cooper fell over Gareth Morgan

Well, the pungent maelstrom of Hopstock 2016 has passed but that does not mean the tidal surge of fresh hopped beers is any way subsiding. My Hopstock experience was a small but intense storm – to celebrate my birthday (the last day of Hopstock) I held a mini-pub crawl and tried four different Hopstock ales. In a feat of incredible disorganisation I got exactly one stamp on my Hopstock passport. It looked like a weak performance but, still, the beers were very nice.


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As green leaves before the hop hurricane fly (Hopstock 2016)
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:11

As green leaves before the hop hurricane fly (Hopstock 2016)

To amusement of many, I have a diary and it is made of paper. I also have the sneaking suspicion it is pink but this has not been confirmed by a trustworthy source. [1] In this diary I put in all the important annual events – my birthday, International Talk like a Pirate Day, Saint Andrews Day, International Talk like William Shatner Day, Wrestlemania Day and Super Bowl Monday. For the record, the next of these august dates is my birthday (18 April) – just saying.


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Hip Hop Hooray: Bitter by Nature (Hopstock 2016)
Friday, 08 April 2016 13:10

Hip Hop Hooray: Bitter by Nature (Hopstock 2016)

I am a modest man with much to be modest about but I remain delighted that the New Zealand craft beer community collectively decided to mark my birthday with the now annual Hopstock festival. The fourth Craft Beer Capital Hopstock festival will take place across 21 of Wellington's best beer venues (including Malthouse and the Fork & Brewer) from April 13 to April 18 2016. Hopstock is a celebration of New Zealand's hop harvest, specifically the fresh-hopped beers that can only be crafted in a very small window following the annual hop harvest.


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The six biggest stories in beer this year (Exclusive)
Friday, 01 April 2016 11:31

The six biggest stories in beer this year (Exclusive)

This morning I finally checked my confidential email account ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). [1] I can’t believe it has been six months again already... Anyway, in between thousands of LinkedIn requests from desperate brewers (no), kind offers from Nigerian princes to give me millions of dollars (no), repeated Tinder invites from Rhonda Rousey (I said “no” Rhonda) and seventy three offers of free New Zealand Herald subscriptions for life (look, if I said no to Rhonda you have no show, tiger) I did actually find the six biggest stories in New Zealand craft beer this year. [2]

Here they are in no order of importance:

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The six biggest stories in beer this year (Exclusive)
Friday, 01 April 2016 08:55

This morning I finally checked my confidential email account ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). [1] I can’t believe it has been six months again already... Anyway, in between thousands of LinkedIn requests from desperate brewers (no),

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