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I suspect there are many gentle readers of the Malthouse blog who secretly and not so secretly enjoy or even revel in reading me having to write about sour beers – particularly for two weeks in a row. It happens once a year for Sourfest, a celebration of piquant, pungent and frankly sour brews at Malty.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:43

A taste of Belgium – from Paraparaumu

The traditional metal associated with 25 year anniversaries is silver. Not that many couples or business reach that figure these days. Malthouse has. 2018 marks the 25th year of Malthouse. To celebrate, Colin the Handsome yet Softly Spoken Scottish Proprietor has unveiled a truly ambitious schedule of beer launches. There will be one every month and it will feature the country’s best brewers.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:11

Lift Yer Kilt – Cooler than a unicorn

As noted in last week’s blog, Malthouse is celebrating the great Scottish bard by hosting the second annual Robbie Burns Day festival which is sensitively titled “Lift Yer Kilt” on Thursday 25 January 2018 (tomorrow). It will feature close to a dozen beers from the Tempest Brewery in Scotland, and a Scottish food option of Lorne Sausage sandwiches.

I am proud to be Scottish. I was born in Broxburn, the knife fight capital of Europe, but raised in nearby Bathgate, a lower middle-class suburb with a much lower murder rate.

Welcome to the first Malthouse Blog of 2018. I hope you have all been enjoying at least some sort of break and frolicking in the generally lovely summer weather (except when a one-day international cricket match is being played, obviously).

Over the course of my lengthy beer writing career I have, by comission or omission, intiated feuds with several muncipilaties from around the globe.
 
The most notable protagonists in my beer rants have been Hamilton ("City of the Future"),