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Thursday, 09 March 2017 13:16

The New Old

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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…
This is a day I have long been dreading. Not only is today the introduction of pink ball cricket into New Zealand but also the exact instance I have to start blogging about sour beers. Not just once, I have to do it again next week as well.
Friday, 03 March 2017 14:35

The Big Illusions

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As a professional beer writer, many people like to send me pictures of the beer they are drinking and ask my opinion about it. Last night my phone beeped three times in rapid succession at the family dinner table. Questioned about who was texting me, I had to confess it was a sitting Member of Parliament sending me a photograph of the beer he was enjoying.
So, Donald Trump is the President of the United States
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:56

“Dude, the Magic Rock is back”

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On balance, I quite like traditions – after all, I do still use a cheque book (well, technically three chequebooks), buy DVDs and vote for the National Party. My default philosophy is - if something is working then I won’t change anything because I just want it to keep functioning as it always had before.
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:47

“Dude, this is going to be Epic”

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I began last week’s blog with some considerable gloating about favourable rugby results and, as I should have expected, fate immediately slapped me firmly on my ample derriere. I was of course completely wrong. I falsely accused the All Blacks of coming fifth at the Wellington Sevens when in fact they actually finished sixth.