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State of origin

A grape like pinot noir has the ability to express a sense of place.

When 15 per cent of a Marlborough pinot can be made using fruit grown elsewhere, how can we preserve the individualism of our wine regions?

Roll out the barrels

Richard Emerson

Well, Beervana was a barrel of fun. Literally.

The good and bad of Beervana

The stadium's chilly, stark, narrow circular concourse is hardly conducive to the relaxed enjoyment of beer.

This year's festival was great, but some serious issues remain.

From crass to class

Jim Harre says Kiwi wine drinkers have changed  dramatically over the past four decades.

Forty years ago our go-to local wine was sweet bland muller thurgau. 

Nelson seismic beer a test for the tongue

Golden Bear from Mapua is readily available in Christchurch,

REVIEW: Look out for the full-flavoured beers from a fantastic brewery at Mapua.

A dram for all ages

Alastair Stuart Campbell conducts proper whisky tastings.

Relaxing with a dram in your favourite chair is no longer reserved for the rich and middle-aged.

Beervana just the drop video

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Beer writer Phil Cook at Beervana.

Craft beer brewers leave a tang on the tastebuds of Beervana festival-goers.

Andrew Little slings suds at Beervana

Labour leader Andrew Little admires a glass his 'Leader of the Hoposition' beer, which he created with Wellington's Funk Estate brewery.

Labour leader discovers that handing out free beer is a good way to win votes.

New cameras know you're drunk

Every drink you take, these cameras are watching you.

Worse for wear at the train station? These new cameras have their eye on you.

Fancy a crayfish, yoghurt or taco beer?

Tuatara head brewer Carl Vasta raises a glass of his L&P-inspired 'Lemon and Paekakariki' beer.

Steel your taste buds because Beervana is not a place for the faint-hearted.

Profits brewing as NZ craft beer goes global

Wellington brewing company Funk Estate founder Jordan Evison has seen business more than double in the past year.

Wellingtonians love craft beer and the industry is bubbling, with strong growth expectations attracting investors, new research shows.

Beervana to pull a crowd video

120515 News Photo: Rory O'Sullivan/Fairfax David Cryer is set to sell the famous Beervana Festival to Wellington City Council.

Expect plenty of geeks and facial hair at Wellington's annual beerfest.

Beer blog: Canning the flag debate video

Funk Estate brewer Shigeo Takai teamed up with Manawatu Standard journalist Jono Galuszka to make a beer for Beervana.

Are you over the flag debate too? Let's drink to that.

Craft beer battle: Wellington vs Portland video

Brewers from Portland in the United States have taken on Wellington's best craft brewers ahead of Beervana.

Are Wellington's beers better than the brews from America's craft beer capital?

Korean pears prevent hangovers?

Korean pears might be all well and good, but there's only one sure prevention of hangovers: Not drinking.

There is a better cure for a hangover than the stock standard fry-up and injection of coffee.

DIY 'Jagerbombs' under fire

A $6 DIY "Jagerbomb":  the liqueur Jagermeister and energy drink Red Bull were sold taped together.

Selling energy drinks with mini booze bottles is controversial - but perfectly legal.

Squeezing out goodness

Julie Harris' Wellington on a Plate event is not so much about tucking into lavish dishes, but giving back to the community.

Fitting into your clothes isn't Wellington on a Plate's only big squeeze.

Rye time

Joseph Slater of Six Barrel Soda Co. and  Your Weekend  columnist.

The rye history of whiskey, distilled.

Swapping keyboards with chopping boards

Chef and musician of Fat Freddy's Drop fame, Iain Gordon, left, and Parrot Dog brewer Matt Kristofski are combining their talents for Music2Brew2.

Fat Freddy's Drop member swaps the studio for the kitchen.

How to make matcha latte

Matcha fans claim the tea offers a caffeine kick minus the jitters.

The health-food favourite offers a warming ritual similar to drinking an espresso, but with arguably fewer downsides.

Whitebaiting with the Yeastie Boys

The quest for the small delicacy caused a a Wairarapa whitebaiter to be swept into Cook Strait.

OPINION: The strangest of ingredients can be added to beer.

Renaissance entry to Bledisloe of beer

Renaissance Brewing brewer Matt Dainty with the black rye India pale ale (IPA) craft beer called Black the Ripa, which has been entered in The Great Craft Beer Taste Off.

A 30-litre keg of Marlborough beer will be jetting across the ditch for a NZ vs Australia craft beer contest.

Learning the art of wine tasting video

Siobhan Downes goes winetasting

One reporter swirls, sniffs and spits her way through the 2015 New World Wine Awards - with hilarious results.

Warning signs for big beer

The Big Book of Home Brew - a Kiwi Guide by Michael Donaldson, published by Pengiun Random House

Tui Brewery downgrading its capacity spells trouble for the commercial beer market.

Coffee and beer: Together at last

Sprig and Fern Head brewer Tracy Banner teamed up with Hayden Thompson, general manager of Pomeroy's Coffee to create the Long Black IPA - a new beer with roasted coffee beans,  for the Media Brew for Beervana.

A new creation by a Nelson's Sprig & Fern brewery combines two drinks loved by Kiwis into one supreme brew.

Semen beer: the taste test video

Green Man duty manager Shannon Elvy was happy to give the beer a go. “It’s definitely creamy," she said.

If you can get past the thought, how does it actually go down?

Fancy a pint of semen beer?

Green Man duty manager Shannon Elvy was happy to give the beer, laced with "export-quality" deer semen, a go.

Wellington may be synonymous with craft beer, but this virile new offering packs an extra punch.

Best places in the world for coffee

Ten Belles cafe in Paris, France.

With the help of our expert caffeine-addled panel, we've compiled the ultimate list of cafes to visit when travelling overseas.

Kiwi craft beer's rising star

Kieran Haslett-Moore of North End Brewing.

A former cheesemonger, home brewer, beer connoisseur, beer writer and founding member of the Society of Beer Advocates, New Zealand's beer advocacy group, Kieran Haslett-Moore has a passion for all things fermented.

Beer in the blood

Annika Naschitzki is entering this year's Beervana event to show Wellington a bit about German brewing.

She's German, but it was a Wellington beer that interested Annika in brewing.

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