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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.”
Epic 11th Birthday: “My secret dream is to write an epic poem. That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.”   This blog has for many years been built on three literary devices – tangents, disclaimers and footnotes. For once, it is time to move straight to the disclaimer before one and a half pages of finely written tangential prose about cricket (not so good right now), Star Wars (looking kind…