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Once every 12 years the best rugby players from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland put aside their long-standing differences, pull on the hallowed red jersey and head south to try and beat the All Blacks, hands down the best team in the world. The British and Irish Lions (better known as the LIONS! LIONS! LIONS!) [1] will play ten matches here starting on 3 June 2017.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:37

Hold the phones – Hops in the Hopinator

I have many powers – and they are pretty sweet –

The Craft Beer Capital (CBC) people are wonderful. Every year they organise Hopstock, a Wellington-wide celebration of sticky, green hopped, resinous and, frankly, sensual fresh hopped beers simply to honour my birthday.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:10

Richard Emerson: The Spirit in the Sky

March was a somewhat rocky month for this blog. I was forced to write solely about sour beers on no less than two occasions. However, I also got to post the 400th Malthouse blog which is right up there as an absolute career highlight. April is already promising to be much better with the impending arrival of Hopstock – a now annual Wellington-wide celebration of fresh, green hopped, beery goodness. [1]

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:

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”.