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Ah, "The Final Countdown" – an iconic 80s hair metal power ballad filled with tight-trousered wailing, soaring synthesisers and barely a real instrument in evidence. [1] This song, by Swedish band Europe, reached number one in 25 countries, but only as high as number 12 in New Zealand – we were clearly too busy revelling in our other 1985 number one hits such as "Sailing Away" (that terrible America's Cup…
Saturday, 23 July 2016 21:49

Road to Beervana at The Hop Garden

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We are holding three events this year to celebrate Road to Beervana in what is shaping up to be an exciting week. First up on Wednesday 10 August from 3pm onwards, New Zealand brewing legend Richard Emerson is parking his Mini in The Top Garden for The Emerson's 'Mini' Tap Takeover. Richard will be pouring several of Dunedin's finest ales which we'll be matching with whiskey. James is also going…
Colin Mallon, Malthouse Operations Guy and West Coast IPA Challenge organiser, says this year's 9th Challenge will expand to Malthouse's sister bar, Fork & Brewer on Bond Street, due to increasingly large crowds turning up to see who will win the coveted Golden Gumboots. The annual event, taking place on Friday, 29 July, sees brewers showcase their skills with hops by brewing West Coast IPAs, a notoriously popular and hoppy style of beer. "It's…
The title of this blog certainly sounds like something I would want to write about myself, but it is actually a real song lyric written by three men far more talented than me. [1] It is a line from "Car Thief" on the 1989 album "Paul's Boutique" by Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz – better known as the hip-hop group Beastie Boys. It is…
Be warned: many puns were harmed in the making of this beer. Puns N' Goses 3.7% German Sour Wheat - or a "Gose" to the initiated beer pundit - was the source of much word play, thanks to a new beer style for Kelly to brew, over-worked in-house punny heads, and a Facebook competition.
Doppelbock - 8% You've been asking for it, it's here, don't miss out! - Limited Release! Six quaility malts gives this smooth, full-bodied German-style Doppelbock a dark almost black colour and a rich, dominant malt aroma and sweetness.  It has a warming but soft smooth mouth feel, whilst the aroma is toasted and biscuity with delicate hints of caramel....