Wednesday, 01 February 2017 17:37

Send the last Scottish beer homeward – tae think again

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Now, everyone knows that I am not one to gloat when I am right – partly because it happens so rarely – but I was about the Wellington Sevens last weekend. In recent McMalty blogs I had repeatedly touted the power of the current Scottish Sevens rugby squad, and pointed out their august place above New Zealand in the rankings – partly because that situation is even rarer than me…
Friday, 20 January 2017 13:47

Mooning Australia Day - Beers, Beats and BBQ

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Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? We have some Aussie beers in keg out back and what better time to get them on than a nice summer's evening during Australia Day*? We'll have some treats from the likes of Big Shed Brewing Concern, Bentspoke and Temple Brewing pouring on tap. All served by the schooner or middy of course** For a real…
Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:55

Oh Flower of Scotland (in which I get all patriotic)

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Next Wednesday (25 January 2017) is Robbie Burns Day, a hugely important day on the Scottish calendar as right-thinking Celtic people around the world celebrate the epic poetry of Mr Robert Burns with whisky, haggis, poems and beer. [1] Malthouse will be marking this august date appropriately with a massive Scottish craft beer tap showcase, some Lorne sausage, deep fried Mars bars and haggis. [2]
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:45

New New New Tap Takeover

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Dunedin's experimental New New New are coming to The Hop Garden for a tap takeover. Founded by Ian McKinlay with head brewer Brendan Bransgrove, we'll be pouring: Jet Set Coffee Pale Ale, 5% The United Colours of New APA, 5.6% Pepper Pepper Peper Chilli Pilsner, 5.2% BB Lemon Belgian Lemon Ale, 4.4% Fear Not Smoked Eel Stout, 6% We'll also have bottles of Hello World Belgian IPA, Poppy (Poppy Seed…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:46

Mango & Lime Cider - 5%

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Packed with the sweetness of Magdalena mango from Colombia and the subtle balance of lime from the Motueka region. This fresh and delicious Cider is sure to be as essential as sandals and sunscreen.
The Year in Beer: 2016 – Reviewed Through the Bottom of a Pint Glass 2016 has been a decidedly mixed year. If I was a trained historian – and it seems that I am and have a legitimate piece of paper to prove it – I would academically describe this year as “WTF.”