Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:42 Written by Malthouse
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:
Cucumbers and Beer - A Comprehensive History Pliny the Elder has almost mythical status in the beer world on account of being credited for first identifying and naming the hop plant. But his friend and Roman Emperor Tiberius was a massive fan of the cucumber. Pliny recorded that Tiberius had his kitchen-gardeners build what were the ancient equivalent of green houses so he could eat cucumber as part of…
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:42 Written by Malthouse
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”.
New Release Extravaganza Next week we take New Release Tuesday to new levels, with an unprecedented three beer, in-person homage to San Diego’s Modern Times. Confused? Modern Times head brewer Matt Walsh is back in New Zealand. In fact, as this is being written, he’s visiting a certain much-loved Nelson brewery to collaborate on a beer. On Tuesday we’ll have him on the premises and we hope he’ll give his…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:48 Written by Malthouse
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.
We're Legal Hashigo Zake has not one, but two liquor licences - one each for on- and off-premise sales. This week both of them were renewed. Same hours as before, no new conditions. Not So New Release Tuesday Every now and then we throw away the imaginary NRT rulebook and put on something decidedly old. Next Tuesday our "release" will be what is probably the last keg in New Zealand…