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Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:38

Enter the Dragon

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  News bulletin #384 March 30, 2017 Bottle Pour Saturday - Dragon Edition   Way back in Issue 383 of this email we talked about the latest releases of the two beers under the There Be Dragons label – Chasing Harvest Ale and Royal Blood. This Saturday we’re offering customers a chance to get them both by the glass. Chasing Harvest is a single batch of pinot barrel-aged red ale (with…
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:42

Issue 400: The Surprising Evolution of a Beer Blog

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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:
Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:29

Cucumber Newcomer

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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…
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”.
Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:14

Tolerance and Prohibition

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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…
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.