Drinks

It's beer, but not as you know it

Beervana

Fancy a barrel-aged feijoa beer, a two-pot flat white or a salty seaweed ale?

A beery good time at Monteiths

beerhive monteiths

The Monteith's Brewing Company is about as West Coast as it gets.

Drink up, but watch for collateral damage

Scales

The very mention of fat (which is why I have suits of four different sizes in my wardrobe) always grabs my attention.

Pint of View: Taste, froth and flagons

Townshend's Old House ESB

It's time to reflect, pull out some memories and generally rule a line under this column.

Show Me Your Growler

Beer growler

The growler or squealer first began as a humble bucket or pail.

The drink that cocktail snobs love to hate

Vodka cocktail

It's time to stop shaming vodka drinkers as a bunch of flavour-dumb simpletons bleating for hard alcohol.

Women who are mad about beer

Vanessa Martin

Brewing beer has been a man's domain for decades, but women are surging back into the role.

Wellington bracing for international beer invasion

Beervana attracts international brew-masters

Beervana

An outbreak of the alcoholic kind is making its way towards New Zealand and will hit our capital city in three' weeks time.

Giving tea a break from tradition

Dilmah mixologists

The time-honoured cuppa is making a new appearance in cocktails and canapes.

Almond milk: a new diet staple?

Almond milk

Fresh almond milk is fast becoming the non-dairy choice for coffee and health fiends.

Price v quality: a question of psychology

wine

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.

Good George brews blueberry beer

Good George

Waikato blueberries in Hamilton beer: it's an experimental brew.

Skinny wine a sign of the times

Wine

Damned if I know why people suddenly want to drink wines from which much of the "kick" has been removed.

Most of the world prefers instant coffee

coffee

It might seem coffee is getting more high end, but no, turns out we love it fast and cheap (especially in NZ).

The end of shiraz as we know it?

shiraz

Could climate change mean the Australian wine industry needs to change its game, quickly?

Chardonnay back on table

wine generic

Despite its critics, it turns out we Kiwis love a chard'.

Wise Owl has eye for new markets

Southland Times photo

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.

The story behind your coffee price

Flight Coffee

With debate raging about the price of coffee, Flight Coffee and Raglan Roast talk about what you get for your money.

Prosecco sales bubbling along in NZ, too

Wine label

Everywhere you look in the world wine press the message for bubbly lovers is the same: "Global prosecco sales overtake champagne".

Torrontes - like Eau de Cologne

wine generic

Like opening a bottle of Eau de Cologne - women love it.

Not another Fork & Brewer

fork and brewer

Wellington's "one of the greatest beer cities in the world", and another brewer has joined its ranks in Taranaki boy Kelly Ryan.

Top five cocktail-making tips

jason

New Zealand's best bartender serves up his key ingredients for success.

Should you pour wine by its base?

Wine

When pouring wine, is it correct to hold a wine bottle by its base with your thumb in the indentation?

Butter in your coffee? It's a thing

coffee

It's the latest health fad spruiked by fans of the paleo diet. Yes, they're actually claiming it's a good thing.

Gout not the wine drinker's curse

Wine glasses

I have a sore hand. Gout. Which makes writing painful, but not impossible.

How you like that umami?

There's sweet, salt, sour and bitter. But there is also that fifth taste - umami.

These are dark days, indeed

dark beer

It's a common phrase down at the pub, the old "I don't like dark beers".

How to brew great coffee at home

Coffee

Want a good home brew? Take your coffee out of the fridge and check the roasting date.

The fall and rise of chardonnay

Wine

Recently more has been written about chardonnay's comeback than just about any other subject concerning wine.

Caught on the hop

Hop

The idea that ladies should drink different beers from lads never caught on with me.

Brad Pitt: 'I'm a farmer now'

brad

The actor spouts extreme pretension in talking about his role as a winemaker.

Care for a tipple of sherry?

Sherry

If there was ever a moment for re-hoisting the sherry flag it's right now.

A pre-loaded idea

Beer

The idea that banning single bottles will stop people pre-loading is ridiculous.

Last of the fresh hoppy ale

Last

Bines harvested, beer made, kegs running dry and bottles vanishing from the shelves. It's that time again.

Beervana contest tests creativity

beer

OPINION: You've been brainstorming too long when making beer from Richie McCaw's underwear sounds fabulous.

What's your coffee really costing you?

Coffee

The money is one thing - but how is your daily caffeine fix affecting your health and the environment.

Whisky: A beginner's guide

whisky

This guide to the ancient firewater will have you an expert in no time (and drinking the right drop for you).

The best ways to keep open wine fresh

Wine

Seeing the bottle half empty? A taste test of wine-saving options reveals the best way to see it half full.

Chili and beer - a perfect match?

hot chili

Apart from that mango lassi post-vindaloo, beer is almost always the best accompaniment to fiery food.

The craft of pouring the perfect beer

 Sam Cunningham

One young Kiwi lad will do his best to pour a perfect brew at the World Draught Masters competition in Cannes.

Do medals matter?

Behind the signs of award-winning wines

 Kaikoura Hospital

Do the medals awarded to our wines matter or do they just attract the consumer to something bright and sparkly?

Beer blog: Crowdfunding brews

Beer

Let's be honest, pretty much every New Zealand beer writer has had a rant about Moa at some point.

Why does wine taste worse up in the air?

Inflight Wine

From champagne to miniature bottles, only some wines can stand up to cabin conditions.

The home-brewing Olympics

beer

This year, the SJPORR Challenge will see home brewers all over the world create what they think is the best beer possible.

Win! A high-design coffee machine

nespresso

Nespresso and Superette have teamed up on a fash-foward coffee machine and we have one to give away.

What beer we'd serve Will & Kate

beer

The five Kiwi brews we think the royals should take home with them.

On ancient wine culture

On ancient wine culture

Wine glorious wine: the excavation of a settlement from the Bronze Age has some stories to tell.

Vile-sounding 'martinis'

martini

Can I interest you in a kale or foie gras martini?

Mugshot: Capsule coffee wars

coffee

Nespresso has fired a shot across the bows of the specialty coffee movement.

Raw milk not so beneficial?

milk

A pilot study failed to show something many people believe - that drinking raw milk helps the lactose intolerant.

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