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Dominion Post reporters Michael Forbes and Shane Cowlishaw are not exactly expert home brewers - but they're willing to give it a go. Join the pair as they explore the craft beer capital one bottle at a time.

An open letter to young drinkers

11:00am 10 Feb 2015


In the final installment of The Beerhive's summer guest blog series, Hashigo Zake and Beer Without Borders owner Dominic Kelly pens a letter to young drinkers.

OPINION: Dear Millennials (or whatever the media refer to you as),

This is an appointed representative of the older generation. You know, the ones making the rules you're expected to live by. We need to talk about alcohol. But no lecture this time, just some honesty and some advice about your drinking.

Dominic1First of all, what would be useful to you would be role models. You know, older people that you might look up to who consume alcohol responsibly, behave well when under the influence, that kind of thing. They exist, but they're hard to spot.

There are plenty of high profile problem drinkers for you not to copy. You know, sports people, politicians, captains of industry who picked up a lot of the bad habits of generations before us.

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Brewing, babies, and comfy pants

10:00am 03 Feb 2015


In our next guest blog, brewer and bar manager Ava Wilson explains how having a baby changed her life and her job.

Last August I felt a little 'funny'. Beer didn't taste quite like it should and I was overly tired. Turns out I was pregnant with my first child.

At first I was overwhelmed with all the emotions, and of course hormones, that go with finding out that you're growing a tiny human.

Ava pink bootsBut then, of course, my mind turned to something nearly as pressing - nine months of no beer.

More importantly, how was  I going to be a mama and still foster and nurture my other love, my world of beer?

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Blog: Mayor's a sassy red

10:14am 21 Jan 2015


Enjoying a pint of cellar-temperature bitter in a country pub, watching the cricket on a village green is a huge part of English culture.

Celia with JosAs a teenager I quaffed Newcastle Brown. As a student in Nottingham I graduated to "a pint of mixed"-half mild and half bitter.

In the 80s in Wellington my favourite tipple was an ice-cold Steinie.

I realise that for most of you Wellingtonian Craft Beer drinkers, reading that sent a shudder down your spine. Perhaps you're justified.

My birthplace, Paddington, did not have nearly the reputation for malt & hops excellence that Wellington 
does. My taste buds have matured and I'm a real convert to Wellington's craft beer subtleties.

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Beer - a global language

11:53am 16 Jan 2015


In the second of The Beerhive's summer guest blogs, DB National Beer ambassador Alex Biedermann reflects on the festive brews of his homeland Germany and the strangeness of a summer Christmas.

The Christmas trees are out, Pohutukawas in full blossom adoring the harbour as I drive home from work.

Today, the sun's out in full force, so like a Kiwi I'm out worshiping it on my deck.

A lone cicada chirps croakily as if trying to find his voice to announce that finally,yes, summer is here.

I tend to agree with him as it's certainly been a long time coming in Auckland. I pop the top off an American Pale Ale and reflect on my third beery Christmas in New Zealand.

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Stu McKinlay: Long live Emerson's Brewery

10:00am 08 Jan 2015


Summer is here and so begins The Beerhive's series of guest blogs. With the current uproar about breweries expanding and subsequently being shunned by the beer community it felt fitting to start with this piece by Stu McKinlay of Yeastie Boys fame.

In the later part of this year I was lucky enough to co-present a special beer dinner at Bin 44 on Wellington's Queens Wharf.

It was special for me because it was the first time presenting with my brewing hero, and long-time friend, Richard Emerson.

Richard Emerson - the founder of New Zealand's trailblazing Emerson's Brewery - is an infectiously enthusiastic presenter, a huge fan of beer and food matching, and the night was a great success.

EmersonThe food was excellent, the beer matches were really well thought through, all of the beers were in great form, and the attendees were a perfect blend of craft beer newcomers and old school enthusiasts.

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