Everyone loves a crafty drop

Sango and chicken rice paper rolls

Before I head off on my travels I'd like to bring you up to date on a few interesting bits of brewing news.

Keeping company with curries

Beer and curry

Ever since I discovered the joy of German lager with an Indian curry, pairing spicy food with different beer styles has interested me.

Achouffe beers in safe hands

One of the obvious benefits of a small brewery being taken over by a larger concern is that the smaller brewer's beers can be more widely promoted and distributed.

Cheers, a toast to craft beer

Hawkshead Vineyard

If ever proof was needed, the results of this year's Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards are evidence of the growth and improving quality of Kiwi-brewed craft beer.

Beer writer wins accolade

Express columnist 'thrilled' by honour

Air NZ

Marlborough beer writer Geoff Griggs has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the brewing industry of New Zealand.

Marlborough beers win top awards

Two Marlborough breweries honoured in the 2014 New Zealand Beer Awards,

Giving beer the sommelier treatment

Simon Fell

Regular readers of this column will know I have a pretty low opinion of the selection of beers offered by most restaurants.

Cutting the wires


Next Thursday, at a gala awards dinner, breweries will find out whose medal winning beers have earned them the trophy for Champion Brewery of New Zealand.

Clash of the Lions


A fortnight ago I received an invitation to a trans-Tasman challenge between two iconic craft breweries: Emerson's and Little Creatures.

Interest in Kiwi craft beers frothing up

International interest in our beers is growing.

Craft beer sales 'will suffer'

Josh Scott

Planned changes to Auckland's alcohol policy would be "devastating" to the craft beer industry, a Marlborough brewer says.

Blenheim brewer's bragging rights

Matt Dainty

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

The West Coast Challenge golden gumboots went to Blenheim's Renaissance Brewing Company for Bloody RIPA, a red rye India pale ale.

For a change, try a lambic beer

To those who've only ever tried modern mass produced, heavily-chilled golden lagers, older beer styles can come as something of a surprise.

Be bewyched by this beastie

Wychwood Brewery

Aside from producing a broad range of ales, England's Wychwood Brewery is responsible for one of Britain's most confrontational beer advertising campaigns.

Gorgeous Gale's lost for want of a gyle


Once I'd developed an appreciation for Gale's bitter many other beers seemed quite ordinary by comparison.

Memorial brew for 'JP'

Richard Emerson

GEOFF GRIGGS - Gameplanet

I was in Dunedin at the invitation of Emerson's to attend the launch of this year's JP, the brewery's annual tribute to Professor Jean-Pierre Dufour.

Same name, but very different lagers


The Czech city of Pilsen has been a centre of brewing since the 13th century and is well known to beer lovers as the birthplace of the world's first clear, golden coloured, lager. But Pilsen it is not the Czech Republic's only famous brewing city.

Single bottle ban slated

The Voyager of the Seas,

A proposal to ban sale of single bottles of beer in Marlborough has been labelled ''ridiculous''.

Renaissance retains championship

Matt Dainty

Blenheim's Renaissance is the first brewery to hold the title of Champion International Small Brewery for a second year.

What's brewing in Belgium

Marlborough Room at the Jim Fraser Centre

My last trip to Belgium was in 2001, some 13 years ago, and since that time my go-to resource for information about Belgian beer has been Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium.

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