GEOFF GRIGGS - © Fairfax NZ NewsWith sales booming it's interesting that a leading English drinks writer argues cider is the world's most misunderstood drink.
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.
In what might be described as a beer lover's heaven, 12 home brewers will make beers simultaneously at Nelson's MarchFest.
In a little over three weeks, 16 new Kiwi beers will be launched.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressI 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.
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.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressWhen 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.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressThe pursuit of hoppiness is all part of the craft for an English brewing company owned by Californians
Brewing beer is like a love affair for Christchurch's David Reynolds, who debuted his craft beer on Saturday
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.
If you haven't got your ticket to the new Summer Beer Festival then you will need to hurry
With the memories of Christmas and the New Year fast-fading it'll soon be time for beer lovers to gird themselves for this summer's beer festivals.
GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough ExpressA fortnight ago I lamented the poor quality of some brewers' beers.
GEOFF GRIGGS - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's a mighty long drive - 775 kilometres, to be precise - down the West Coast from Blenheim to Lake Hawea.
A new Blenheim beer festival is less than a month away and organisers are excited.
Having ended 2013 on a somewhat downbeat note, I'm happy to greet the new year with some rather more cheerful news.
The Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) has declared The Free House the Nelson region's best bar.
As craft beer becomes ever more popular I see a few issues which the brewing and hospitality industries will need to address.
Having spent the first 39 Christmases of my life in the south of England I still have trouble coming to terms with Christmas Kiwi-style.
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