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New whiskey makes the cut

Voigtlander says the name The Cut references the Nelson landmark created in 1906.

Nelson is already famous for its craft breweries. Could craft distilleries be the next big thing?

Moa making headway

Moa markets itself as a beer for those who love adventure and the outdoors.

Moa shares jump as narrowed its full year loss as it gains market share in supermarket sales.

Supermarket's six-week booze ban

Countdown Blenheim has blocked off its liquor department as its six-week suspension starts this week.

It's inconvenient, say locals who like a wine with dinner, as an alcohol ban takes effect.

Kiwi bartender's global reach

Second place wasn't the result Jared Gemmell was aiming for. The Keystone bartender just missed topping the Heineken ...

Nothing beats a perfectly poured beer, and Hamilton can claim one of the best at it.

Dunedin's urban winery video

Brendan Seal hopes his wine can be sold in local bars and restaurants eventually.

Could Dunedin be the new winemaking area of New Zealand?

Rosebud cocktails at Chow prove Capital locals still love a Shaker

The Rosebud

Rosebud cocktails at Chow: A Wellington barfly's Shaker favourite

NZ vine plantings grow

Yealands Seaview vineyard at Seddon, Marlborough, the region where the bulk of new vine plantings are being made.

Vine plantings are growing for the booming wine industry.

Collect those capsules

Philip and Wendy James, of James's Nursery, have a recycling bin for Nespresso capsules.

Have you ever wondered what to do with those used Nespresso pods piling up in your rubbish bin?

Cocktails that are good for you

The Van Gogh Fizz features Pernod absinthe combined with maraschino liqueur, fresh lime juice, honey, mint and aloe vera ...

Tired of nasty hangovers? "Healthy hedonists" are finding a cleaner way to celebrate.

Lesser known beers shine

Over the years I've been writing this column for New Zealand's smaller regional newspapers I've constantly faced one major problem: the interesting, flavoursome and diverse range of beers that I most enjoy drinking and writing about are often available only in specialist shops and bars in the larger cities.

Best in show

Dale Holland picked up two gold medals at the New World Beer & Cider Awards.

Michael Donaldson has a list of beers you can bet on

Special brew for festival

Meron and Malcolm Blakey brew beer with fresh hop flowers for the Arrowtown Autumn Festival even during a worldwide hop ...

Cargo Brewery is launching a one-off pale ale for the Pie, Pint and Pinot this year.

Don't under-estimate a good sniff

I heard recently that the technological advancement called "electronic noses" may start making airport sniffer dogs redundant.

Five top gin cocktails

The Negroni. Many gin lovers are devotees of this drink.

Fancy a tipple but fresh out of tonic water? Try these refreshing gin cocktails.

Altitude Brewing hits high note

Altitude Brewing managing director Eddie Gapper toasts The Moonlight Track winning stout in front of Moonlight Ridge.

The Moonlight Track is a peated stout, which means some of the malt has been smoked over peat producing a light, whisky aroma and flavour on the nose.

NZ's best beers revealed

The beer award entrants offered 'something for everybody".

Boutique breweries have taken out top awards at the annual Beer and Cider awards.

Tuatara cleans up beer awards video

A judge smells a beer at the New World Beer & Cider Awards judging at Westpac Stadium in February.

Kapiti Coast brewery Tuatara was the big winner at latest national awards.

Become a wine buff in 24 hours

Thanks to Jancis Robinson's book, The 24-Hour Wine Expert, I'm basically now a booze genius.

Thanks to wine expert's new book, I'm basically now a booze genius.

Filleries offer 'beery' nice selection

The Beer Spot in Takapuna, Auckland, has 40 taps dispensing an ever-changing range of craft beers and ciders from around ...


Moa still ruffling feathers

Moa's new beer Paradise Day Pale Ale is out now in cans.

Moa – for a brewery named after an extinct bird they manage to ruffle a lot of feathers.

Are fermented foods good for us?

Kombucha is a fizzy fermented tea that has a good mix of different strains of bacteria.

Dr Libby, New Zealand's favourite wellbeing expert, answers readers' questions about their health.

'Renegade' coffee competition

Ozone head roaster Paul Newbold brews an aeropress coffee, which is they type that will be judged on Saturday.

Coffee brewers will test their skills with the new AeroPress coffee maker at a competition in New Plymouth this weekend.

Best of the burgundies

Purchasing burgundy without any tasting or knowledge is a fraught business.  A bit like going in blind to choose a takeaway bar late at night on main street Dannevirke.  The scales are tipped in favour of disappointment.

Hops: nature's little miracles of good health

04032016 news photo Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ

Hops line the wall of Townshend Brewery.

Hops make beer bitter but they have a way of making you better.

Home brew business booming

Home brewer Maree Shaw samples her latest drop.

Home brewing has moved beyond dim garages and dirty drops as sales soar for raw ingredients and equipment.

Why posh girls binge-drink

Raucous all-girl drinking societies at Britain's leading universities are more than a match for the boys.

Raucous all-girl drinking societies at Britain's leading universities are more than a match for the boys.

Three great craft beer joints

Punky Brewster is a dedicated fillery in Riccarton.

Neat Places finds some of the best Christchurch has to offer in craft beer filleries.

Duke Carvell's in liquidation

Duke Carvell's Swan Lane Emporium, Wellington.

A once-popular Wellington eatery is in liquidation, less than a year after being sold to a new owner.

How to drink a pint of Guinness

Lion brewer Laura Smith is in charge of brewing all the beers Lion produces under contract.

OPINION: Lion brewer Laura Smith on being a female in the beer industry.

Hate Trump? Drink beer

Behemoth's Dump the Trump America IPA beer will be launched at an Auckland bar.

Auckland brewery voices political views.

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