Fancy a barrel-aged feijoa beer, a two-pot flat white or a salty seaweed ale?
The Monteith's Brewing Company is about as West Coast as it gets.
The very mention of fat (which is why I have suits of four different sizes in my wardrobe) always grabs my attention.
It's time to reflect, pull out some memories and generally rule a line under this column.
The growler or squealer first began as a humble bucket or pail.
It's time to stop shaming vodka drinkers as a bunch of flavour-dumb simpletons bleating for hard alcohol.
Brewing beer has been a man's domain for decades, but women are surging back into the role.
Beervana attracts international brew-masters
An outbreak of the alcoholic kind is making its way towards New Zealand and will hit our capital city in three' weeks time.
The time-honoured cuppa is making a new appearance in cocktails and canapes.
Fresh almond milk is fast becoming the non-dairy choice for coffee and health fiends.
There is always an awkward moment when my wife and I go out to dinner at the homes of friends who don't share our interest in wine but are, nevertheless, partial to the odd drop out of a clean glass.
Waikato blueberries in Hamilton beer: it's an experimental brew.
Damned if I know why people suddenly want to drink wines from which much of the "kick" has been removed.
It might seem coffee is getting more high end, but no, turns out we love it fast and cheap (especially in NZ).
Could climate change mean the Australian wine industry needs to change its game, quickly?
Despite its critics, it turns out we Kiwis love a chard'.
I'm no marketing expert but I have been around for long enough to figure that the biggest factor in selling wine today is the cost.
With debate raging about the price of coffee, Flight Coffee and Raglan Roast talk about what you get for your money.
Everywhere you look in the world wine press the message for bubbly lovers is the same: "Global prosecco sales overtake champagne".
Like opening a bottle of Eau de Cologne - women love it.
Wellington's "one of the greatest beer cities in the world", and another brewer has joined its ranks in Taranaki boy Kelly Ryan.
New Zealand's best bartender serves up his key ingredients for success.
When pouring wine, is it correct to hold a wine bottle by its base with your thumb in the indentation?
It's the latest health fad spruiked by fans of the paleo diet. Yes, they're actually claiming it's a good thing.
I have a sore hand. Gout. Which makes writing painful, but not impossible.
There's sweet, salt, sour and bitter. But there is also that fifth taste - umami.
It's a common phrase down at the pub, the old "I don't like dark beers".
Want a good home brew? Take your coffee out of the fridge and check the roasting date.
Recently more has been written about chardonnay's comeback than just about any other subject concerning wine.
The idea that ladies should drink different beers from lads never caught on with me.
The actor spouts extreme pretension in talking about his role as a winemaker.
If there was ever a moment for re-hoisting the sherry flag it's right now.
The idea that banning single bottles will stop people pre-loading is ridiculous.
Bines harvested, beer made, kegs running dry and bottles vanishing from the shelves. It's that time again.
OPINION: You've been brainstorming too long when making beer from Richie McCaw's underwear sounds fabulous.
The money is one thing - but how is your daily caffeine fix affecting your health and the environment.
This guide to the ancient firewater will have you an expert in no time (and drinking the right drop for you).
Seeing the bottle half empty? A taste test of wine-saving options reveals the best way to see it half full.
Apart from that mango lassi post-vindaloo, beer is almost always the best accompaniment to fiery food.
One young Kiwi lad will do his best to pour a perfect brew at the World Draught Masters competition in Cannes.
Behind the signs of award-winning wines
Do the medals awarded to our wines matter or do they just attract the consumer to something bright and sparkly?
Let's be honest, pretty much every New Zealand beer writer has had a rant about Moa at some point.
From champagne to miniature bottles, only some wines can stand up to cabin conditions.
This year, the SJPORR Challenge will see home brewers all over the world create what they think is the best beer possible.
Nespresso and Superette have teamed up on a fash-foward coffee machine and we have one to give away.
The five Kiwi brews we think the royals should take home with them.
Wine glorious wine: the excavation of a settlement from the Bronze Age has some stories to tell.
Can I interest you in a kale or foie gras martini?
Nespresso has fired a shot across the bows of the specialty coffee movement.
A pilot study failed to show something many people believe - that drinking raw milk helps the lactose intolerant.
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