Global flavours of Australian brewer

Emerson's Bookbinder

When I migrated here in 1995 two dominant brewers had reduced beer into a bland homogenous product.

Great festival

Pity about the corporate brewers

Alasdair and Zak Cassels

More than 13,000 people gathered in Hagley Park in Christchurch on Saturday for New Zealand's largest one-day beer festival.

MarchFest through brewer's glasses

Rainbow Sports Club

Since Riwaka brewer Simon Nicholas is a newcomer to the region's beer scene, we thought it would be fun to get his insider-outsider perspective on MarchFest.

Law interpretations take toll

NZ Beer Festival

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

Next weekend more than 10,000 people will flock to Hagley Park in Christchurch for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Old site, new bar

Yard Bar

Joe and Diana Johnstone plan to open their new bar and bistro on Friday

Marchfest brews up a top formula

Thousands flock to 'biggest, best' festival yet

Angela Elliott

Nelson's Marchfest craft beer and music festival attracted a 3500-strong crowd, 500 up on last year.

8 Wired rolls out the beer barrel

Jason Bathgate

Heading south out of Blenheim on SH1, there's a large rather sterile looking industrial estate in the suburb of Riverlands.

Mean music at Marchfest

ben hurley

Marchfest artist Iva Lamkum has an incredible versatility that makes her stand out from her soul-funk contemporaries.

Sweet success for cider firm

Old Mout goes global with $5.8m Heineken deal

Redwood Cider Co managing director Justin Hall

A Nelson branded cider is about to hit the big time overseas, backed by a $5.8 million marketing campaign courtesy of brewing giant Heineken.

Three Kiwi cider-makers get the nod

GEOFF GRIGGS - © Fairfax NZ News

With sales booming it's interesting that a leading English drinks writer argues cider is the world's most misunderstood drink.

Hop on the Panhead wagon

Having begun his working life at Dunlop's tyre factory in the Upper Hutt suburb of Maidstone in 1977, Danny Neilson always hoped he'd finish his working days there.

Craft brewers to share secret to a good pint

In what might be described as a beer lover's heaven, 12 home brewers will make beers simultaneously at Nelson's MarchFest.

Exciting MarchFest

In a little over three weeks, 16 new Kiwi beers will be launched.

Future looking good for golden ales

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

I served my beer-drinking apprenticeship in pubs in and around West London in the 1970s and it was there that I developed an appreciation for England's traditional amber and copper coloured bitters and best bitters.

Something big is brewing

Tickets sales surge for Nelson beer festival


Sales for MarchFest tickets are 20 per cent up as beer fans from as far away as Australia, the USA and France flock to the festival.

Support for bid to reclaim 'radler'


GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

When DB announced the release of Monteith's Radler on August 18, 2003 few people could have foreseen it would spark a legal battle that would divide the Kiwi brewing industry.

A blend of British and US

Moor beer

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

The pursuit of hoppiness is all part of the craft for an English brewing company owned by Californians

Crafty brewers lap up praise

David Reynolds

Brewing beer is like a love affair for Christchurch's David Reynolds, who debuted his craft beer on Saturday

Yeastie Boys get call-up

yeastie boys

I can't think of a greater compliment than for a brewer to be invited overseas to brew his beer for sale in another country.

Beer festival tickets selling fast

If you haven't got your ticket to the new Summer Beer Festival then you will need to hurry

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