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When less sugar is more gallery video

Soda Press Co founder Cam Romeril says cafes and bars stand to earn much bigger margins on drinks made with syrup and ...

The Soda Press Co says the trend towards cafes having carbonated water on tap has helped boost sales of its low sugar syrups.

Coffee roasters now cap converts gallery video

Hummingbird Coffee Chief Executive Nick Cowper, with the foirm's capsules.

Coffee snobs might turn up their noses at drinking a brew from a capsule, but some NZ coffee roasters are giving them a go.

The Taupo Lakeman claims more medals

Lakeman owner James Cooper and head brewer Adam Andescavage at the Taupo brewing shed near Poihipi rd.

Watch out craft brewers: the Lakeman is coming for your silverware...

Drinks: How to order a martini

You can't go wrong by ordering a standard dry gin martini with one to three olives.

James Bond's cocktail of choice could make you look rather exciting. Here's how to order one.

Cheers to the students

Ben Jones was named Young Vintner of the Year at the awards evening on October 18.

Of the 20 EIT student entries in the Hawke's Bay wine awards 15 received medals.

Flat beer: Heritage pub demolished video

Australia pub

Outrage and tears as heritage-listed Melbourne pub flattened by brazen illegal wreckers.

Lack of malt structure lets beers down

Kapiti-based Tuatara took the title of Champion Brewer at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand 2016 awards.

Last weekend, the results of two major beer competitions were announced live over the internet.

Kiwifruit smoothie, chia jam, and spicy marinade

Kiwifruit, mint and spinach smoothie.

Do you remember when kiwifruit – the star formerly known as the Chinese gooseberry – was a treat? You must be ancient, because I'm old enough to remember when shops couldn't give it away.

Bitter sweet start video

Reid+Reid co-founder Chris Reid.

Is craft gin the new craft beer? Wairarapa gin company ready to take on the world.

The rise of barrel-aged beers

Garage Project's Pete Gillespie at the brewery's Wild Workshop space, where they experiment with sour beers.

Why are barrel-aged sour beers so hot right now in the brewing world?

Restaurant offers specialty brew

Rick Keehan serving his recently-brewed "Escape the Boss" lager at Ploughman's restaurant in Rainbow Point.

There's a fresh new brew in Taupo, have you tried it?

Booze police v vineyards

Larry McKenna, of Martinborough's Escarpment vineyard, who has pulled out of this year's festival.

It's one of the most popular wine festivals, but some vineyards are calling time on Toast Martinborough.

Review: Tokeyo Izakaya Den

Tokeyo, a cosy and dimly lit hideaway in Te Aro, serves up Japanese food Wellington has been waiting for.

Tokeyo Izakaya Den delivers the modern Japanese crossover style Wellington has been waiting for. 

How to make a Traffic Light video

Think you can recreate the classic Cobb & Co cocktail at home?

For mocktails that appeal to everyone, you can't go past a Cobb & Co Traffic Light. Here's how to make it right.

Best Bitter wins best ale prize

Ken and Tracy Banner with medals and a trophy won at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand awards in Auckland.

A creation from Nelson's Sprig and Fern brewery has won a top prize at the NZ Beer Awards.

Group mentality creates great wine

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay.

Good things happen when like-minded people gather, share ideas and passion, and often try and outdo each other.

Tuatara scales new heights

Carl Vasta's Tuatara Brewery was crowned New Zealand's champion brewery for the second time at last Saturday's Brewers ...

Gold medals were incredibly hard to come by at this year's national beer awards, with just 4 per cent of the 900-plus entries gaining a gold.

Tuatara named NZ's best brewery

some of Tuatara's beer , from left, Pilsner, Hefe, IPA, Ardennes & Porter.
Tuatara's master brewer Carl Vasta in his ...

Kapiti Coast brewers become the first to be named the country's 'champion brewery' twice.

Bar lockouts rejected

Siglo owner Nick Mills says the decision is a bittersweet victory. "Obviously we're pleased, but there's no winners in ...

Wellington bar owners breathe easier as police are denied Sydney-style one-way door policy.

KiwiMeister: That's the spirit video

Liquid NZ Bar owner Craig Lines with the KiwiMeister spirit he has created.

A Nelson bar owner has unveiled KiwiMeister, a home-grown answer to Jagermeister.

A sweet solution to for a better brew

Brewers measure beer density to ensure sugar has turned into alcohol at craft beer makers Brixton Brewery in London.

With an annual consumption of around 170 litres per capita, the residents of Bavaria, Germany's largest and southernmost state, are the world's most enthusiastic beer drinkers.

Business brewing at The Occasional Brewer gallery

Eugene Black, brewery manager at The Occasional Brewer, with a 2% session ale.

Brewery owner Peter Leniston is moving to a bigger premises thanks to a growth in business.

3 Kiwi gins in blind tasting lineup

The gin tasting was facilitated by John Saker at his house, seen here with one of the judges Jeannine McCallum.

As the gin industry blossoms, a group of liquor experts blind tasted 43 gins from all over the globe. Their mission? To find the very best.

Taste test: Chilli, Lime and L&P? video

Limited edition L&P Chilli & Lime hit the shelves on Monday.

It's zesty and hot - but will L&P's new flavour go down well with its Kiwi fans?

Fighting for shelf space

Strong, clear branding is more important than ever for beers to stand out on the shelf.

OPINION: Breweries rebrand as competition heats up.

A pungent pairing video

A celebration of hops and whey was held at SkyCity Hamilton on Saturday Hot Water Brewing Co brewer  Matthew Kiss is an ...

The sweaty socks stink of cheese floats through Hamilton's SkyCity atrium - it's the FermentFest.

Mike's Brewery lives on

Owner Ron Trigg and head brewer Jesse Sigurdsson share a beer as Mike's Brewery takes back over from liquidators who ...

A beloved Kiwi craft beer brand is battling back from liquidation.

From flat white to flowerbed video

Many coffee lovers don't realise the plastic lining in a takeaway coffee cup means they can't be recycled in New Zealand.

Z's coffee cup recycling scheme could be good news for gardeners.

5 of Auckland's best cocktail bars

Bedford, Soda & Liquor is a New York inspired neighbourhood bar serving hand made soda's, cocktails and meatballs.

What better way to welcome summer than sipping on some of Auckland's best cocktails.

'Fruit bombs' lead to great things

The Central Otago 'fruit bomb' style of pinot noir was just the beginning.

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