From Blenheim to 30,000 feet up on the way to San Francisco, Moa is the order of the day.
Before I head off on my travels I'd like to bring you up to date on a few interesting bits of brewing news.
Ever since I discovered the joy of German lager with an Indian curry, pairing spicy food with different beer styles has interested me.
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.
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.
Express columnist 'thrilled' by honour
Marlborough beer writer Geoff Griggs has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the brewing industry of New Zealand.
Two Marlborough breweries honoured in the 2014 New Zealand Beer Awards,
Regular readers of this column will know I have a pretty low opinion of the selection of beers offered by most restaurants.
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.
A fortnight ago I received an invitation to a trans-Tasman challenge between two iconic craft breweries: Emerson's and Little Creatures.
International interest in our beers is growing.
Planned changes to Auckland's alcohol policy would be "devastating" to the craft beer industry, a Marlborough brewer says.
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.
To those who've only ever tried modern mass produced, heavily-chilled golden lagers, older beer styles can come as something of a surprise.
Aside from producing a broad range of ales, England's Wychwood Brewery is responsible for one of Britain's most confrontational beer advertising campaigns.
Once I'd developed an appreciation for Gale's bitter many other beers seemed quite ordinary by comparison.
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.
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.
A proposal to ban sale of single bottles of beer in Marlborough has been labelled ''ridiculous''.
Blenheim's Renaissance is the first brewery to hold the title of Champion International Small Brewery for a second year.