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Parrots take flight

Matt Kristofski, Matt Stevens, Paul Watson and Matt Warner, who is also the  head brewer, have moved out of their ...

Wellington brewery ParrotDogĀ are poised to break out of their restrictive cage/kennel.

Strong beer in drinks comeback

Michael Donaldson - craft beer has to be strong.

We're drinking more beer and it's the stronger stuff that Kiwis are increasingly choosing to buy.

Beer made just for drinking inflight

The first beer brewed just for flying high.

Betsy Beer is designed for drinking at 35,000 ft.

Meet 'Pint Baby' video

'Pint Baby' enjoying a sup of Guinness in a clip from 1997.

He's internet famous for being the baby who supped Guinness. He'd rather just be Stephen.

Beer & Cider Awards creates a lot of interest

Geoff Griggs has a nose for the job at the New World Beer and Cider Awards judging.

I joined a panel of 19 brewers and industry experts in Wellington to judge the 2017 New World Beer & Cider Awards.

Well red: John Saker on the new pinot noirs

There is a growing band of New Zealand pinot producers who are making great wines.

John Saker has been on a red wine kick, sampling a pre-Great War claret and one of the new breed of pinot noirs.

Cuisine's top 5 NZ rieslings

The three five-star Best Buy rieslings from the recent Cuisine tasting: Mission Estate Riesling 2014 (Hawke's Bay),  The ...

It's time for Kiwi consumers to embrace the superb, affordable rieslings being produced here.

We make it, we judge it, we drink it

Good George brewer Brian Watson knows what is key to a good beer.

Good George brewer Brian Watson knows what makes a good beer.

A perfect marriage of people and place

Fromm Churton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015.

Jancis Robinson called it a "Kiwi love-in". The acclaimed British wine writer and Pinot Noir NZ 2017 conference special guest felt this "95 per cent Pure New Zealand" approach could be summed up in a single word: confidence.

Brewing success

Panhead founder Mike Neilson with the Supercharger APA at Panhead Brewery in Upper Hutt.

Panhead proves popular with the public and gears up for Brewday

Panhead voted number one

Upper Hutt brewery Panhead's Supercharger APA took out the top spot in the people's choice poll.

The Upper Hutt brewery's Supercharger APA was voted top in the first New Zealand GABs Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beer poll.

Channing Tatum has his own vodka video

Channing Tatum hopes drinkers will engage in a little "mischief" once they've had a taste of his tipple.

The Magic Mike star hopes drinkers will engage in a little "mischief" once they've had a taste of his tipple.

Industry continues to froth

Andy Routley, managing director of DB Breweries, and Tuatara founder Carl Vasta, who will stay on as the lead brewer ...

The New Zealand beer scene got a double whammy announcement last week that will change industry for years to come.

Smiling from beer to beer

Blenheim beer writer Geoff Griggs during a tasting at a previous New World Beer and Wine Awards competition.

Leading beer writer Geoff Griggs is taking his finely honed palate to the New World Beer and Wine Awards.

Can't brewers just get along?

Jenny Cameron believes the beer industry has a multitude of issues to tackle, and is best placed to do so by working ...

OPINION: It's time for the beer industry to stop bickering and celebrate success.

Smart move DB, but don't mess it up

DB Breweries managing director Andy Routley, left, with Tuatara founder and master brewer Carl Vasta at Tuatara's ...

The announcement that Tuatara Brewing Company has been sold to DB was expected. Rumours as to which of New Zealand's large brewers was making its move on the award-winning Kapiti brewer have been flying around for years.

Bright red and full of beans

Andrew Feldon, standing, has a coffee and a chat to Lyndon Tongs and his son Corban Tongs at Feldon's new coffee cart on ...

An international coffee judge has branched out into business.

Making gin: From 'Begin'-ning to bottle

Dave and Jo James, of Begin Distilling, will operate out of New Plymouth but have suppliers from all over New Zealand.

Something to spruce up a classic G&T

New gins are a real tonic

A raft of interesting new gins that break from tradition are now on the market.

Celebrate a gin renaissance: gin distillers are breaking with tradition and introducing an array of new tastes.

Remembrance beer

Stanley Green and wife Edith cut their wedding cake. Just months later Stanley was killed in a World War Two training ...

Invercargill Brewery is these days best known for making the Yeastie Boys' range New Zealand beers.

Why I drink local

Melbourne beer writer Luke Robertson says good local beers are so accessible now there's no reason to hunt out expensive ...

OPINION: There's really no need to buy expensive imported beers.

Give your wine some air

Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016.

Wine is not good grape juice gone bad, as it's sometimes described. It's good grape juice gone half bad.

Tuatara: DB sale no sell-out video

Tuatara head brewer Carl Vasta.

"We're changing the shareholding, we're not changing the recipe," craft brewer tells punters.

Can you pick low alcohol beer? video

The pool of thirsty volunteers did a blind tasting.

A pool of thirsty volunteers did a blind tasting.

Alex Williams shares his Waikato highlights

Alex Williams is passionate about making creative drinks and cocktails.

Alex Williams is pouring his heart and soul into his cocktail bar, Wonder Horse.

You've got to love a good mash

Malted barley in a mash tun during the part of the brewing process known as mashing.

In a brewery "mashing' fulfils a complex and important role.

Nadia's spiced chicken with bulgur wheat

Topping with pumpkin seeds adds the perfect crunch.

This colourful meal will please the whole household.

Beer elitism hurting industry

Tiamana Brewer's Annika Naschitzki believes elitist beer fans may drive others away.

OPINION: Brewer Annika Naschitzki has no time for those who proclaim they know it all.

Empty wine bottles sell for $416

In 2016, Italian authorities seized 9000 bottles of fake Moet Chandon from a shed in Padua.

Fake news, fake art and now fake wines - there's huge money in filling empty vintage bottles with cheap plonk.

Have you been drinking bubbles wrong?

Try your bubbly in a glass you'd use for wine - you'll thank us later.

There's a good chance you've been drinking your champagne all wrong.

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