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Craft brewery Panhead sold

Former Panhead Custom Ales owner Mike Neilson plans to continue  brewing for the company.

Wellington beer maker Panhead has been snapped up by a global brewing giant.

Craft beer's hidden price

An increase in the popularity of stronger craft beers could be behind a troubling rise of drink drive convictions in the ...

Why that fancy beer could give you a nasty shock - and see you banned from the road.

Bad neighbours hitting wineries hard

Vineyards are highly susceptible to chemical spray drift.

Grape growers say they are suffering increasing cases of crops being damaged by spray drift from neighbouring farms.

Cola: use the underrated mixer to give your next cocktail refined, subtle flavour

Campari Cola.

Cola: The sexy, subtle and underrated mixer that will give your next cocktail punch.

US beers scoop World Beer Cup awards

Awards on display at the 2016 World Beer Cup awards at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre in Philadelphia.

Last Friday, I joined several thousand people for dinner at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre in Philadelphia.  

Works of art - inside and outside the bottle

Bach Brewing's sexy labels are matched by the beer inside.

Bach Brewing's beer lives up to the promise of its pretty labels

Budweiser to rebrand as 'America'

Forget asking for a Budweiser in 2016, soon you'll be grabbing an America.

Beer synonymous with America set to take patriotism to the extreme this summer.

Taking the plunge

Prophet's Rock Pinot Gris 2014.


New York egg creams - iconic, unusual and delicious drinks

New York egg cream.

Creamy, fantastic fizz - sip and savour a New York egg cream

What does this cup say?


Starbucks has a long history of workers getting customers' names wrong... but one seems to have an extra-special talent.

La Trappe Witte Trappist is quite a brew

La Trappe Witte Trappist

One of the few foreign beers to win a gold medal at the recent New World Beer & Cider Awards is La Trappe Witte Trappist.  A unique Trappist-brewed example of a Belgian-style wheat beer, it is brewed in Holland at the Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven, near Tilburg, close to the Belgian border.

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?

Beer - the drinkable perfume

Instead of bringing a cup of tea tomorrow, bring her Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta, made with Earl Grey tea.

Mother's Day – always a tough one, having to think about what to buy that most precious woman in your life.

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?

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 ...


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