Fritz and Maria's Beer Column


Double hoppy; we're happy

Five exciting, delicious, medal worthy New Zealand Double IPA's - all available in the local supermarket. We got so excited, we bought them all.

A question of balance


In New Zealand we don't seem to drink lower alcohol beers if we don't need to.

What does beer really taste like?

We've been reading a bit about taste lately and out of the five tastes (bitter, sweet, salt, sour and umami), bitter gets the strongest reaction.

Competition season

Homebrewers, have you ever entered your beer into a competition? You might wonder why you would bother when you just brew for yourself and your friends.

Vote for Nelson's best beer photo

Nelson's craft brewers are holding a photo competition to find a new cover shot for its beer trail brochure.

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