From Drinker to Brewer

Forced into brewing to suffice his need for quality imbibement, reporter Jono Galuszka blogs about his journey from beer drinker to beer brewer from the depths of the Manawatu swamp land.

A right royal beer

10:24am 14 Apr 2014

So if you've been living under a digital rock for the past few days, I may as well let you know that the royals are in the country.

For the next few days, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make their away around the country to see the sights, wear outfits women are jealous of, show off our future head of state, and yack to politicians. Beer john key

Our elected representatives have already been bickering about the event though, with Labour leader David Cunliffe saying the prime minister is milking the event to get some good photo opportunities in an election year.

John Key would know all about photo ops with Prince William after all, as the prince's last visit here resulted in one of the most ''blokey'' shots Key has had in his career yet - Key swilling some lager while he and the then-unmarried prince cooked some of the biggest slabs of meat I've ever seen put on a grill.

While Wellington's weather has not been conducive towards barbequing, there has been beer involved on this trip.

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Don't know how lucky we are

02:59pm 24 Mar 2014

JONO GALUSZKA

In 1975 - a good decade before I was born - a Palmerston North-born man dressed as a comic book character created a Kiwi cult classic by singing about how good it is to live in New Zealand.

John Morrison Clarke, in the guise of Fred Dagg, made his way to number 17 on the national music single charts with We Don't Know How Lucky We Are.

While singing about fishing up the North Island or feeding the backline may seem frivolous, Dagg did have a point; we are lucky to live here, and sometimes we do forget how good it can be.

It is often the people who come here from overseas who embrace the place and its unique features the most.

One of those people is Chris Mills, best known as the founder of KererÅ« Brewing Company. Kereru kumara

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The worst

01:50pm 07 Mar 2014

JONO GALUSZKA

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I don't spend all my time quaffing beer and writing about it for your enjoyment.

I have a "real" job, spending my days writing about cafes hitting the skids, self-professed energy entrepreneurs and, well, this guy.

They are the last things I thought I would ever write about; I got into journalism to write about music.

And when I was a budding music journalist, writing reviews for student rags, I spent a lot of time reading Simon Sweetman's "Blog On The Tracks".

I still keep tabs on it, reading the reviews and the comments (I always like a good laugh) and recently enjoyed his "The Worst" series - a series of posts about some of his worst experiences as a lover of music. Tui

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What to drink when not drinking

03:05pm 24 Feb 2014

JONO GALUSZKA

The most uncomfortable person in a bar late at night is almost never the person being hit on the by seedy old man. Drive

It is not the glassy, trying to weave their way through the scrum of swillers to the safety of the bar with a sky-high stack of glasses in each hand.

It is not even the owner, nervously thinking of a way to kick out the high-spending regular who has had far too much to drink without offending them so much they never return.

No, the most uncomfortable person in a bar late at night is the person who is not  drinking alcohol.

Most people call it ''not drinking'', but those on the wagon usually have a beverage of some sort in their hand.

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Our beer around the world

11:25am 14 Feb 2014

Us Kiwis are a very patriotic bunch when we are outside of our own country.

From taking over the capital city of England on Waitangi Day, to setting up a meat pie shop in New York - we love taking a piece of home with us, no matter where we travel.

If you think about it, we're just like the Irish.

They take their music, their pubs and their Guinness with them wherever they go - or make it wherever they go. 

Beers native to other countries have been brewed in New Zealand for decades.  Captain cooker

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