Halloween spices are pumpkin's saving grace


GEOFF GRIGGS - Marlborough

Although I've tasted Great Punkin several times and always enjoyed it, I always struggle to think of occasions when I'd like to sit down and drink a glass or two.

Taking hops to new heights


Depending on personal preference, bitterness can be a prized flavour component.

Beer festival a mind-blowing experience

Lady Elizabeth IV

I've just spent the past week in Denver, Colorado, where I've been judging at the Great American Beer Festival.

Midwest craft brewery doesn't do things by halves

Neil Witte

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

Having tasted several of the Boulevard Brewing Company's beers over the past few years, I'd been itching to visit the brewery.

Moa ale joins Air New Zealand experience

Caramel chicken with popcorn.

From Blenheim to 30,000 feet up on the way to San Francisco, Moa is the order of the day.

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 industry 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 take out 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.

International 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.

Bloody RIPA gives Blenheim brewer 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, pour yourself 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 flavoursome 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 tasting 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.

A fresh look at 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.

Plan to make a little go a long way

Marlborough's Renaissance Brewing is thinking big, and is looking to everyday Kiwi investors to help drive its plans to fruition.

Apprentice turns master brewer


For a long time, 8 Wired Brewing and Søren Eriksen were synonymous.

Capital place for beer - shame about noise

Smoked havarti, mushroom and bacon profiteroles

I was in Wellington for the weekend with a group of friends from Blenheim to celebrate Mike Pink's 75th birthday.

The Theakston name lives on in brewing

Black Sheep

GEOFF GRIGGS - Marlborough

Mention the name Theakston's to any ale-loving Englishman and more likely than not you'll see a drop of moisture appear in the corner of his eyes.

Price row a matter of perception

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

The internet has been running hot for the past couple of weeks on the high price of beer in New Zealand .

Clear sign of family rivalry

Josh Scott

Just when Josh Scott thought he had outdone his dad, the road sign pointing to Moa brewery might have to be downsized.

New fees a big cost for some premises

Wine sales

New liquor licensing fees could cost on and off-licence premises an extra $4700 to renew their liquor licence for three years.

Morse code turns thoughts to varieties

GEOFF GRIGGS - The Marlborough Express

This week's column was inspired by an episode of Inspector Morse.

Kiwi brews win silver at World Cup

Every two years I pore carefully through the results of the world's largest international beer competition

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 view through brewer's glass(es)

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.

Heavy-handed 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.

Making mean music at Marchfest

ben hurley

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

Cider firm enjoys sweet taste of success

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 - Marlborough

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.

NZ hops theme promises an 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 at Marchfest

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.
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