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Thursday, 23 November 2017 22:57

Basin beer festival set to be a hit

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Wellington’s brand new beer festival, Beers at the Basin, is already proving to be a hit with punters before it has even begun. To be held at the iconic Basin Reserve on Saturday 9 December, organisers say ticket sales are steadily climbing and expected to reach 4,500-5,000 by event day, a number that the participating breweries are excited about. Event Manager Thomas Buchanan knows that the crowds are in for…
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 09:30

Cos there ain’t no party like an 8 Wired party

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I would like to claim that I vividly remember my 8th birthday party. In reality, my recollections of that event are even vaguer than those few memories of my 21st which was celebrated in some considerable bogan style on the balcony of a cricket club in suburban Tawa.
Monday, 20 November 2017 11:27

Belgium Pale Ale 5.2%

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Belgian Pale Ale  5.2% Belgian Pale Ales were first brewed to compete against Pilsners around the time of the WWII.  Spicy characters are typical of this style which derives from the use of Belgian yeast; we’ve added a bucket load of hops to compliment and balance the aroma and flavour of this wonderful style of beer.
Malthouse, a craft beer destination bar, will perform its now annual miraculous transformation to Ciderhouse from 24 November 2017 to 26 November 2017. This event is a joyous celebration of cider. Just as cider is available at Malty all year round, craft beer will be around during Ciderhouse but the focus will be firmly on the apple-based beverage for a few days.
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:01

It’s not a trap – so many pale ales

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I write about beer a lot. For one non-Malty related publication, my last three column topics were sour beers, barrel-aged beers and then fruit beers. It is fair in the extreme to say those beer styles are not my favourites. Not even close.
This blog talks about pirates quite a lot, particularly in light of the distinct paucity of actual pirates actually making beer. In the early years the pirate posts were mainly championing the annual International Talk like a Pirate Day, which surprisingly often coincided with the world famous Oktoberfest. Coincidence? Absolutely.
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