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Andrew Little hops to the Left

Labour leader Andrew Little takes tips from brewer Shigeo Takagi as they create a craft beer at The Occasional Brewer in Wellington.

They say the test of a political leader is whether you would want to have a beer with them.

Two new Lewis Road milk flavours

Lewis Road Creamery's hallowed chocolate milk will be on South Island supermarket shelves from September 2.

Lewis Road Creamery's Chocolate Milk will be on sale down south is September... and it's launching two new flavours.

How to pick a perfect long black

Crema is a sign of a good long black.

It's possible that no brew is so misunderstood - but here's how to get it just right.

Wine school plans for Blenheim

Marlborough Boys' College assistant principal James Ryan says a wine school for year 12 and 13 students will open career pathways into winemaking and viticulture.

Blenheim could become an educational hub for winemaking under ambitious plans for an NZ School of Wine.

Confessions of a wine snob

William Sitwell - a self-professed wine snob.

I can't drink cheap plonk any more, but negotiating the social niceties of wine with friends can be tricky.

Taste of Nelson in mystery beer video

Cuisine digital editor Amy Stewart, left, and head brewer Tracy Banner of Sprig and Fern teamed up and created a New Zealand themed beer with a secret Nelson ingredient for the Media Brew for Beervana.

A beer with a hint of Nelson is brewing, but exactly what the hint consists of remains a mystery – for now.

NZ craft beers impress US

From left, Carl Vasta of Tuatara, Matt Warner of Parrot Dog, Mike Neilson of Panhead, Stu McKinlay of Yeastie Boys and Jos Ruffell of Garage Project at Commons Brewery in Portland.

Wellington craft breweries are impressing festivalgoers in the United States beer capital.

The pursuit of hoppiness

The ParrotDog crew nabbed yet another win at the West Coast IPA Challenge.

The West Coast IPA Challenge is one of the country's funnest beer competitions.

Future of wine really works

Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 and Huia Pinot Gris 2013.

New Zealand's organic wine producers are exploring this country's true vinous potential.

Beer blog: More to session beer than IPA

There are plenty of session beers on the market which are not low-alcohol IPAs.

There are plenty of low-alcohol beer options for those who do not like IPA.

A mind-boggling brewery tour video

The Pride, built in 2010, is New Zealand's largest brewery.

OPINION: The Beerhive Blog takes you inside the country's largest brewery.

Seeing green

The Last Word, a Green Chartreuse cocktail from prohibition-era Detroit.

The last word on Chartreuse will silence the critics.

Drinks for when you're not drinking

Dragons Den mixes up a mean mocktail.

Mocktails are a great answer to the demand for non-alcoholic options.

The most insane milkshakes ever

The Freakshows: They might be our daily calorie intake in one gulp, but we think it would be totally worth it.

This small Canberra cafe is only a few weeks old, but it's bringing all the boys (and girls) to the yard with these decadent creations.

Is beer better with food?

Women might consider drinking beer if it wasn't served only in a pint glass, a recent study showed.

One beer sommelier says so, and thinks we should be serving the stuff in flutes and brandy glasses.

Brewing with the big guns

Four Wellington breweries are jet setting to the national beer festival in Oregon. Includes Mike Neilson from Panhead, left, and Matt Warner from ParrotDog.

The little guys are representing the capital at the big Oregon Brewers Festival.

Le Eatery, le cool

One thing to try . . . 400g Wakanui sirloin, smoked onion puree, greens, marmite butter.

What Auckland is to Sydney, we in the cultural capital have always preferred to believe, Wellington is to Melbourne. 

Dietitian tests the new Milo

Dietitian Sara Knowles examines whether the new-recipe Milo is a healthier option

Nestle had the audacity to change its Milo drink recipe last month. A dietitian puts the new product to the test.

The brewer's secret weapon

Malted barley at Dunsandel's Gladfield Malt.

Malt is responsible for a beer's colour and body, as well as its alcoholic strength and effervescence.

Coffee a day keeps doctor away?

Coffee - it's pleasure in a cup and a great way to wake up. So can it really be good for you too? Stop it...

Many health claims have been made of coffee, so here's a scientific look at this magical elixir.

A post-hopocalypse beer

Mata Sahti is a Kiwi take on an ancient Finnish ale.

When the first "hop shortage crisis" headlines fell into my timeline and I contemplated the possibility of a world without pale ale, I thought about pre-loading  for the hopocalypse.

Organic and biodynamic wine growing

Wine consultant Monty Waldin addresses the inaugural organic and biodynamic winegrowing conference at the 
Marlborough Convention Centre

Brown beetle and hailstones aside, organic and biodynamic winemaking is making steady progress in the global industry.

Dead with head

Guitarist Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead performs during the second day of their last three concerts at Soldier Field stadium in Chicago, Illinois on July 4.

Brewery tries to bottle the essence of the Grateful Dead.

What to drink at 30,000 feet

The low humidity in the cabin causes you to lose up to 30 per cent of your sense of smell and taste.

When it comes to in-flight tippling, not all wines are created equal.

Organic wines pass quality test

John Bell and Kaye McAulay, organic wine makers and owners of Vynfields winery in Martinborough.

Organic wines are as good quality, with similar yields but cheaper disease control, study shows.

Perfect potion

Joseph Slater of Six Barrel Soda Co.

Vermouth is the ultimate cocktail builder.

Message in a bottle: "Help me"

What would you think if you saw this message under your bottle-cap?

Customers fear for the wellbeing of factory workers after a concerning message pops up on soft drink bottle-top.

Lori's got the perfect pour

Auckland bartender Lori Wallace has taken second place in an international beer pouring competition.

She's only 21 but Lori Wallace has proved she's got the perfect pour at an international competition.

Hamilton's 'real coffee' makes a comeback

Phil Hows makes a cup of Joe from his restored espresso machine

The taste of Hamilton's first real coffee makes a return in Pirongia

I see red

Luke Nicholas of Epic and Simon Nicholas of Hop Federation have created a beer as a toast to their shared heritage.

Ruby red and sparkling with summer fruit flavours, Hop Federation's Red IPA is a stunning winter beer.

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