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.
Sunday, 05 February 2017 20:31

Berlin, only smaller

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Berlin, like Germany as a whole is known for lager beers. Berlin's Schultheiss began brewing their Beliner Pilsner in 1902 and it is now an iconic beer in the city. Wellington is often called the 'coolest little capital' and is known to have a penchant for the odd beer or two. What happens when these two capitals combine? Well, Tiamana produces the Mini Pils of course! Brewer Annika Naschitzki collaborated…
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…