GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressA few months ago I received some samples from Zeffer Brewing Company.
According to the website wisegeek.com, the term "one trick pony" is used to refer to "something that can only be used for one very specific application
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressSelling locally brewed craft beer to Kiwis hasn't always been an easy proposition; just ask Geoff Logan and Gerry Maude.
Given the number of sample bottles of beer that arrive at my door each year, I've often thought it would be a good idea to share them with local brewers and other industry people.
Two Marlborough pubs will represent the upper South Island in the Guinness Pint Master competition tomorrow.
Have you seen the exciting news? You can now order a WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery at Harvey Norman for just $7299.00, and that includes your first $50 kit for making 23 litres of beer.
A new beer festival has been announced, less than a month after two beer festivals were canned
Brewers often refer to malt as "the soul of beer" but many drinkers have little understanding of what it is and how drastically it influences the finished beer.
Nelson's McCashin's Brewery has won a sought-after Trans-Tasman award with its Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressI'm dismayed when beer and those who consume it are portrayed only negatively in the media.
Distillery a first for Nelson
In the spirit of small-batch brewing, two couples have teamed up to create Nelson's first craft distillery.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressThe problem with buying books when you're travelling overseas is that they're heavy and can easily swallow up a large amount of your baggage allowance. Nevertheless I found one book I couldn't resist buying while I was at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado this month.
The family tree of beer styles splits into two main categories - ales and lagers
The last two Blues, Brews and BBQs festivals cost the organisers almost $50,000.
Marlborough will have two fewer summer festivals after the cancellation of Blues, Brews and BBQs and Summer Beer Fest.
They say everything's big in America and in the case of craft beer that's certainly true.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressWhen you get off the plane for the first time in the United States, there are a few things that can seem very alien.
What does trendy craft brewer Garage Project have in common with many of America's largest craft brewers?
From Bend we headed north for three hours, passing through picturesque river valleys and dense forests.
I'm reporting from the United States, where I'm leading a group of Kiwi beer enthusiasts are on a beer tour
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressI'm sitting in a hotel room in California contemplating some of the most remarkable beers I've encountered
Britain's Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) was founded in 1971 by four disgruntled beer drinkers who were fed up with the gassy, bland "keg" beers and lagers that were increasingly dominating the UK market.
Nelson craft brewer Martin Townshend's awards prove that the little guy can take on big business, and win.
Moa Brewing Company's dubious marketing antics have attracted more than their share of media headlines
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressRenaissance Brewing Company took the champion brewery trophy at this year's Brewers Guild of NZ Awards
NZX-listed boutique beer maker Moa is quitting its New Zealand distributor
Winning back-to-back champion brewing awards in New Zealand and Australia is great for marketing
Marlborough's Renaissance Brewery came away from the national brewers awards in Wellington last night
Behind the grand old buildings of Thornbridge a small brewery has been shoehorned into an old stonemason's shop.
GEOFF GRIGGS - © Fairfax NZ NewsI will be spending the weekend assessing about 530 entries with the aim of finding the best beers in NZ
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressHave you seen the Made to Match advertisements that have been running on television for the last few weeks?
There was a time when Richard Emerson used to make beer and then deliver it in his Mini.
Moa Brewing Company has signed up English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham as a business partner
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressOver the course of the year I get to sample hundreds of beers, but I hardly ever have the chance to brew one.
The experimental brew looked and smelled like any other dark ale bubbling in Blenheim
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressDo wine and cheese really work well together? Even some influential wine writers have their doubts.
This year's Beervana is on track to offer more than 200 beers.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressLast week I was invited to Brothers Brewery, to chair a meeting on an issue that's troubling some craft brewers.
Gone are the days when there was one beer for all occasions, says Moa Brewing Company brewer David Nicholl.
With a qualification in wine science and 10 years as a biochemist and physiologist, Dr Ralph Bungard always hoped some day he would get into winemaking or brewing.
Marlborough's internationally recognised breweries could get road signs directing visitors to their premises
250,000 stubbies and a quarter of a million pints on tap
Bumaye, big, powerful, hoppy - best drunk before 2028.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressThe last time I was on a tram was 12 years ago, in Brussels, during a whistlestop beer-hunting trip to Belgium.
Thirsty Work to focus on region's craft beer
A national television programme highlighting the best of the country's wine will feature an episode this month focused on Nelson and includes the area's burgeoning craft-beer scene.
There's a lot more of the brewer in beer than there can be of the winemaker in wine
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressAfter a wonderful week in Melbourne, during which I sampled some excellent craft beers, I'm itching to tell you about it.
Marlborough brewers Renaissance and 8 Wired landed major prizes in Australia on Friday
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressIf there was an award for the world's wackiest beer glass it would surely go to the Belgian brewer Bosteels.
OPINION: Michael Donaldson says we should raise a glass to the 10th birthday of Moa, the only brewery listed on the NZX.
McCashin's Brewery in Stoke, caught for the third time illegally selling alcohol to under-age customers, is being penalised with suspensions.