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“New Kids on the Block”: Double Vision in Red October (remix) We are now into week two of the Hunt for Red October Red Beer Showcase, a month long, five venue extravaganza which sees each bar launching a uniquely new red, amber, copper, burgundy, maroon, crimson, scarlet, vermillion or even rufescent barley based beverage every Friday. Given it is Friday, it is time to announce the next Malthouse Red October beer.…
“He’s a Wild Thing, He’s a Woolly Thing”: Red October (remix) The Hunt for the Red October Beer Showcase is a month long celebration of red beers with five of Wellington’s best craft beer bars launching twenty-five new red inspired brews over the course of five weeks. [1] That is because, unlike the legendary Bavarian Oktoberfest, Red October is held here in, you know, October. Oh wait, it starts tomorrow on 30 September…
Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:44

Fortunate Islands & Footy

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Fortunate Islands Two Ways Making fruit infused beer properly is a pain the arse. I can understand why the majority of 'fruited' IPAs use fruit essences, using real fruit is a hell of a lot harder to scale up. While visiting New Zealand last year, Modern Times head brewer Matt Walsh told us about the ridiculous amount of time it took to zest thousands of grapefruit for the amazing Fortunate…
Slip Pils is a 5.2% German Style Pilsner that tips its foamy white hat to consummate Californian brewery, Firestone Walker's Pivo Hoppy Pils. Fork Brewing brewer, Kelly Ryan, says there are some styles of beer that are, for him, the Holy Grail in terms of brewing and drinking. In particular, perfectly crafted Pilseners and Saisons. "In the past few years, I've managed to get to Denver and to Philadelphia as…
Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:17

Make Real Ale Great Again

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The Democalypse Begins The US presidential election has so far been... interesting to say the least. Next Tuesday they kick into a higher gear, with the first of three presidential debates. Seeing the different debating styles of Clinton and Drumpf Trump go head to head will almost certainly be spectacular. The timing for all of the debates works out fairly well for us, with all debates happening at 2pm New Zealand time. So…
Thursday, 22 September 2016 11:38

I see red, I see red, I see red: Hunt for the Red October

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I see red, I see red, I see red: Hunt for the Red October It is fair to say that I have a complicated relationship with the colour red – not least because, as an extremely colour blind gentleman, I often mix it up with green and brown. This is one of the many reasons I am a terrible at snooker. [1] It also explains, but does not excuse, some…