Friday, 06 September 2019 11:48

Say it loud! I’m Ginge and I’m proud!!

“The biggest mistake the Scots made was pausing in Ireland for 400 years on their way to America”.

That’s what my  Great-uncle Dunn told me when I was two years old, and I’ve never forgotten.

Dunn and the McLoughlins who make up my mother’s side of the family were proud Orangemen, Scottish Protestants who settled in Ireland from the early 1600s. Dunn himself was a US citizen, being born in the middle of the Atlantic on an American-registered steamer.

The McLoughlins were emigrating from New York, where my grandmother had been born, to Northern Ireland where they had inherited a farm. While most of Ireland was busy immigrating TO New York, it wasn’t entirely one way traffic.

Uncle Dunn grew up in Northern Ireland but used his US citizenship as soon as he possibly could, and he lived a long and prosperous life in Florida. So his assessment of the Scot’s Ulster adventure was as much personal as historic.

My father’s family, the Craigs, are also from Northern Ireland. They had been there for hundreds of years, Catholic, and were not entirely chuffed that the McLoughlins and their ilk had come to claim a slice of their Ulster paradise. Family events were interesting, especially the Queen’s Speech every Christmas.

But I digress. My point, and I do have one, is to establish my Celtic whakapapa. This is relevant because the Malthouse is about to celebrate Celticity, and more specifically, the celebrated Celtic Gingerness.

It is estimated that only 2% of the global population has red hair. The earliest evidence of red hair known to science is found in Central Asia. The Tocharian mummies are well-preserved ancient burials, with red hair and dressed in tartan blankets.

It is believed that this ancient red haired people travelled west from the steppes. Travelling as far west as they could go on their shaggy little ponies, they settled in Scotland, Ireland and in North-West Spain, and in all cases they kept the tartan and a liking for playing the pipes.

The call of the flame-red sunset coursed strong through their stout veins, and red haired people were among the first to cross the Atlantic to America. Christopher Columbus was a redhead, but Irish St Brendan may have discovered North America before him. And of course Viking Eric the Red had already established a colony on Newfoundland. (Quote this blog in your history assignment at your own risk.)

Which leads us obviously and directly to Gingers Attack – A Yeastie Boys and Urbanaut Event, at Malthouse, Friday 13 September.

Card-carrying redhead brewers Bruce Turner (Urbanaut) and Sir Stuart McKinlay (Yeastie Boys) will be in the ‘house, taking over multiple taps and launching a couple of fresh new beers each.

Sir Stuart, Laird of the Red Trews and Tresses, is late of this bailiwick but has been living in England where he successfully established a branch office. It’s always a special occasion when one of the prodigal Yeastie Boys returns to the land of their birth, and that special occasion happens on Friday the 13th, at the Malthouse, at 6.08pm (ie, the hour of the flame-red sunset).

And do not despair. Although the event is called Gingers Attack, it is inclusive and the ginge-challenged will mocked just slightly. To make you feel more at home, ginge-tinged beards and wigs will be available. Dress as your favourite ginge-tinged celebrity to win a prize and the Queen/King of the Gingers crown – know anyone who looks like that Ed Sheeran/Rupert Grint chap?

And on the remote possibility that you have persevered this far in the hope of reading something about beer, here’s the taplist:

Yeastie Boys

Melon Balls – New Release – Dortmunder Melon Lager

Trial By Fire – New Release – might even have a fiery ginger theme…

Gunnamatta – Earl Grey Pale Ale

Pot Kettle Black – the OG South Pacific Porter

White Noise – tinnitus-infused White Ale



El Segundo – West Coast IPA

Miami Brut – Fresh Batch – Brut Lager

Montrose Hop Oil

The Mission - APA

Copacabana – Fresh Batch – Brut IPA



Martin Craig

Malthouse events

Friday 13 September – Gingers Attack – A Yeastie Boys and Urbanaut Event

Friday 20 September – NZ/UK brewers collaborations – the fruits of the Road to Beervana collaborations from Tiny Rebel, Thornbridge and Fierce Beer. PLUS Rugby Wold Cup™ live on screen.

Thursday October 3rd - Triple Co-lab event with Epic (Auckland), Brew Union (Palmerston North) and Beer Baroness (Christchurch).

Thursday October 31st - A full tap takeover.... but by whom..

Friday November 29th - A very very big event (Details coming soon)

Friday December 13th - Epic Christmas Party

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 15:41

On the Road

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is now regarded as a classic novel. It’s the story of an extended series of road trips zigzagging across the USA, with a diversion into Mexico, taken between 1950 and 1954.

It’s a semiautobiographical tale of Sal Paradise (based on the author Jack Kerouac) and Dean Moriarty, living an indulgent and dissolute life of abandoned partners and children, wife beating, scams, drugs, and, being pre-rock’n’roll, a dedicated pursuit of the latest jazz.

It’s taken as a snapshot of a moment in time, the beginning of the counter-culture in the US, the formation of the Beat Generation, who ditched the jazz, kept the drugs, and went on to become hippies. Enough said.

As I said, it’s indulgent, both in its plot and in its creation. The original draft was typed on a single 37 metre long scroll, single-spaced, in a single 37m long paragraph1. It’s in a museum now.

Which brings us obviously and directly to the Road to Beervana.

For while On the Road was a chaotic story of men indulging in mind-altering substances, The Road to Beervana is a nuanced tale of brewers and beer fans travelling across the country to meet at Beervana this week.

Beer-related events up and down New Zealand are bringing brewers and beer fans together for tap takeovers, bringing brewers together for collaboration brews, and generally sharing the hop-addled bonhomie that is our contemporary beer scene. Check out for the full list of RtB action.

Our very own Malthouse is of course a part of the action. Importers and all-round good guys Beertique NZ have brought over a fresh range of UK craft beers, and brought the brewers along too for the road trip. So this Wednesday 7 August, Malthouse is hosting Dave Grant (Fierce Beer, Scotland), James Buchanan (Thornbridge Brewery, England), and Gareth Williams (Tiny Rebel Brewing, Wales) with 10 of their beers, in a sneak sampling of their Beervana line-up.

And next month, Friday 20 September, Malthouse will be serving up the fruits of the UK brewers’ collaboration brews, being concocted right now as part of the Road to Beervana.

Here’s Wednesday’s taplist:

Thornbridge – Jaipur IPA, Halcyon IIPA, Florida Weisse Raspberry Sour, Cocoa Wonderland Chocolate Porter.

Fierce Beer – Tropical Tart Passionfruit Sour, Have A Break Pale Ale, Big Moose Barrel Aged Ale.

Tiny Rebel – Clwb Tropicana IPA, Frambuzi Raspberry Sour, Peaches & Cream IPA

And for Beervana itself, Malthouse becomes after-party central with the third Ginhouse/Epic tap takeover for 2019.

You know the feeling, rolling out of Beervana having experienced the weird and wonderful hop-addled bonhomie, ready to either knock back a pint of something big, balanced and neckable, or perhaps sip a fresh gin to cleanse the palate. Well have we go a lineup for you! Take a look:

Epic Beer – Epic Lager, Awakening Pilsner, Thunder Pale Ale, Armageddon IPA, Hop Zombie Imperial IPA, Shotgun XPA, Imp Session IPA, Hop Farmer NZIPA, IPA on a Stick West Coast IPA WINNER, Gin Boss Juniper IPA.

Hidden World Gin – Gin & Juice, Pink Gin & Lemon, Gimlet, Gin & Tonic, Negroni, plus a secret new release.

The Epic/Ginhouse experience runs for both Beervana nights, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August. If you’re not there you friends will tell you what you missed and mock you mercilessly.

Malthouse Events

Wednesday 7 August – Road to Beervana The Great British Takeover. Featuring Thornbridge (England), Tiny Rebel (Wales) and Fierce Beer Co (Scotland). As the road to Beervana rolls round again, we will be showcasing all things British. Not only will there be special guests there will be 10+ taps pouring some of the outrageous beer being made by some of the best breweries in the UK.

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August - The palate cleansing return of Ginhouse during Beervana week. The third Ginhouse for 2019 sees a welcome return of Hidden World Gin, once again alongside Epic Beer (and you might be lucky enough to get a taste of IPA on a Stick if you somehow foolishly missed the WCIPA Challenge). Needs more juniper…

Friday 13 September – Yeastie Boys/Urbanaut tap takeover, featuring the return of Cap’n Loud Pants, Sir Stuart McKinlay himself, in person and in the ‘house.

Friday 20 September – NZ/UK brewers collaborations – the fruits of the Road to Beervana collaborations from Tiny Rebel, Thornbridge and Fierce Beer.

1 Its single redeeming feature is that it doesn’t have a single footnote.


Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:01

Festival of the Boot part two: The Field

Welcome Ladies and Gentleman to the ever-popular West Coast IPA Challenge preview for 2019.

First, a big thank you and good luck to each and every brewer entered in this year’s competition. And at this early stage of the proceedings I would ask the Committee to pass a vote of thanks to the brewers, maltsters and, of course, the hopsters in New Zealand and overseas who have put in time and hard labour, the fruits of which we are honoured to partake of next Friday.

(Seconded N. Miller, passed unanimously).

Second, as Official Blogger and Secretary I would like to offer a sincere apology and clarification for an error in last week’s blog. There are in fact two (2) Golden Gumboots to be presented to the winning brewer. These comprise a matching set that can be worn home.

(Some discussion from Committee that the tradition is to drink from one gumboot while losing the other in the crowd, then losing the first gumboot and walking home in wet socks).

The presentation this year will of course be of a matching pair of Golden Gumboots.

Third – The annual Introduction of the Candidates:

This is a massive field with 27 entries. This gives a spread probability of 3.7% of each individual entry winning.

However as discussed last week, each and every entry is a genuine contender, and with the right ingredients, well-brewed and presented, every single one of the following beers is in with a (3.7%) chance of taking home the Rubberware.

Our entries are (in alphabetical order):

Renaissance Bandwagon IPAI could tell you why it’s called Bandwagon but that would be a bit of a give away.

Fork & Brewer Captain ObviousMedalled twice but never Booted. Will be thirsty for the win.

Urbanaut El Segundo 2Which by my calculation makes it El Tercero.

Tuatara Fateful 8Picked up a second in 2012 and will be keen to improve this year.

Sprig & Fern Game ChangerI just hope the game they are changing is not making big hoppy West Coast IPAs because I like that game.

McLeods Glinks Gully West Coast IPAOn a roll this year and in with a real chance.

Liberty GoldilocksConsistent form in this Challenge and could set a record by winning for a third time.

Whistling Sisters Groundhop Day 2Last year was first time in the Challenge and has picked up a lot of experience since.

Heyday High Plains DrifterContinuing its Western theme from last year’s High Noon

Rocky Knob HootenannyMt Maunganui folk musicians back again this year.

Behemoth Hopularity Contest IPAAnother beer pun and a style this brewery enjoys. Never placed but will be keen to build on recent crowdfunding success. Blatant and probably successful attempt to bag Peoples’ Choice.

Epic IPA on a StickPrevious winner but hasn’t booted since 2012 and will be very thirsty for a repeat. Always worth a flutter.

Boneface Iron FistPlease follow this by releasing a Velvet Glove imperial stout.

Parrotdog L.B. WCIPAConsistent form in this Challenge and could set a record by winning for a third time.

Emersons Little FootUnderstated pitch for the Big Gumboots. Never medalled but capable of winning.

Panhead Lube NubeNot sure what this means so Google it yourself while at work. Let me know.

Hallertau Not my first Rodeovery appropriate name from brewer who has entered every WCIPA Challenge since its inception in 2008 and will be very thirsty for a repeat win.

8 Wired Outatime West Coast IPA“It's no good thinking that you are still mine/You're out of touch, my baby, my poor unfaithful baby/I said baby, baby, baby you're out of time”.

Moa Rattlesnake IPAConsistent form in this Challenge and could set a record by winning for a third time.

Black Dog Rock n’RollaLocal brewpub back for its second Challenge.

Croucher ShreddedOats? Coconut? Incriminating documentation? Six-foot glass wall tubes? We’ll have to wait to find out.

Good George Straight to the Pool Roomcontinuing its ‘The Castle’ theme from last year’s Jousting Sticks and 2017’s Bonnie Doon.

Deep Creek Strength Mountain IPAOn a roll this year and in with a real chance.

Brew Union Swamp Creaturefrom the Manawatu lowlands. Might be a mudfish, might be a spotless crake, might be a winner.

Fortune Favours The Drifterambitious Wellington brewbar thirsty to get a win.

Hop Federation VelocityNB not speed. Velocity is different.

Cassels West Coast IPAClassic understated Christchurch beer name. Will understatement stand up in this brash company?

So that’s the field. Note the spaghetti western theme this year with High Plains Drifter, Rattlesnake, Not my First Rodeo, The Drifter and Fateful 8. Despite appearances, McLeod’s Glinks Gully isn’t named after a western, but after an exclusive Northland beach resort.

Summary – 100% chance of excellent, fresh, hoppy IPAs. Get there early, or go to the alternative venue at Fork & Brewer on Bond Street.


Martin Craig

Malthouse events

Friday 26 July – 12th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge

Wednesday 7 August – Road to Beervana The Great British Takeover. Featuring Thornbridge (England), Tiny Rebel (Wales) and Fierce Beer Co (Scotland)

And keep your eye out for a palate-cleansing return of Ginhouse during Beervana week. Needs more juniper…

North End’s brewer Kieran Haslett Moore is famously Angophile.

Beer writer Geoff Griggs, an Englishman himself, has called Kieran “the most English man to have never visited England”.

Well that description no longer applies. Kieran made his first visit to the UK earlier this year, with a side trip to Belgium.

After a career promoting and brewing traditional English-style ales and Belgian beers, this was his first opportunity to taste them in their environment, fresh from the brewery, poured through a handpull, into an imperial pint, with a damp ferret down’t trouser.

So did the real thing match his expectations?

“Obviously it was pretty amazing. A lot of friends were waiting with bated breath to see if I actually liked the beers in England, and I did and found them to be amazingly high quality, but then I was being taken to the right pubs. Belgium was different but fantastic as well.

“It was cool to find the regional variations as I moved down through England and I certainly came back feeling revitalised to tweak some of our English-style beers.”

Every UK and Belgian import we taste in New Zealand has travelled about as far as it can on this planet, and even with the best care in the world, can’t arrive as fresh as it left the brewery. Kieran noted the difference.

“Some tasted vastly different. Timothy Taylor’s Landlord is unrecognisable from the bottled version. The cask version is really tropical, which is weird coz there’s no New World hops in it, but that yeast really works its magic.

“In Belgium, the lambics are a lot more subtle when you taste them fresh in Brussels. Out here they’re more sour, you can see why we misunderstand them and call them sour beers, because usually when we taste Cantillon a beer nerd has kept it in his cellar for a while and it’s developed some acidity. But when you have it fresh in Brussels it’s really subtle – funky, but not necessarily bracingly acid, and way more drinkable.”

Now that he’s back at North End, Kieran has taken his European experience and included it in his own brewing.

“We actually deleted a whole bunch of our English recipes as I left because they weren’t selling, but the ones that are left I’ve put a lot of effort into, just making real fine alterations to the recipe that I think has improved a lot since I went over there.

“Scattered Peaks is our nod toward the new school of English brewing. It’s a session IPA inspired by some of the hoppy beers that come from the Cornwall and Devon area. We’re using English-grown Cascade hops in it, which is quite interesting, then blending that with NZ hops.

“On the Belgian side of things I’ve been going a lot more traditional by using noble hops instead of NZ hops. The fresh batch of saison that’s out this week is traditional, and we’ve been working to make our spontaneous (fermented) beers a bit softer, using more hops to keep the acidity down.”

North End is taking over ten Malthouse taps this Thursday 4 July. Kieran will be in the ‘house from evening, telling stories about his trip, and sharing “little mouthfuls” of food matches throughout the night.

So what are his picks from the North End selection?

“We’ve got fresh Saison de Terroir which is tasting amazing. That’s a blend of two-year-old barrelled Saison and fresh Saison. And totally stepping outside the English/Belgian paradigm we’ve got Pit Boss Smoked Doppelbock that’s tasting pretty good.”

Here’s the full tap list:

Fieldway APA

Beach Hoist IPA

Sapphire Dry Hopped Lager

Iron Sands Oat Rye Stout handpull

Pit Boss Smoked Doppelbock

Scattered Peaks Session IPA

Blanc de Houblon White IPA

Petit Luna Hibiscus and Lime Sour

Saison de Terroir 2019 (Blended this week, 20L only)

Cuvee de Moor (20L only)

North End tap takeover, Malthouse, Thursday 4 July from 5pm



Martin Craig

And don’t forget the biggest day of the Malthouse year – Friday 26 July, it’s the 12th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge. Yass!

PLUS – keep an eye out for Malthouse Road to Beervana events in the week before Beervana 9&10 August.

Saturday, 15 June 2019 18:00

Songs for the longest night

As we approach the Winter Solstice, Radio NZ is already thinking six months ahead to the Summer Solstice with a competition to write the perfect New Zealand Christmas song.

There’s a fine tradition of Christmas songs. Regular readers of this blog will know Neil Miller is massive fan of Canadian music, especially Michael Bublé. Bubbles has made a career of knocking off Christmas albums so you can give another CD to Gran cos she hasn’t figured out streaming.

There are Christmas classics like Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, but, for me, the peak of Christmas albums came in the 1960s when just about everyone you can think off was mass-producing an album of Christmas specials. Motown, James Brown, Otis Redding, all the usual suspects did one then did another the next year.

There’s a simple but consistent formula for writing a Christmas song. Importantly, it turns the usual rules of creative writing on their head.

A principle we creative writing types are encouraged to remember states, ‘Show Them, Don’t Tell Them’. So rather than writing ‘Martin was angry and confused’, you’d write ‘Martin slammed his glass on the bar and chewed his lower lip’. Let the reader do some thinking for themselves, and form a visual image.

This principle does not apply to great Christmas songs. These must constantly tell you that they are Christmas songs. If the first line is ‘This is a Christmas song’ it wouldn’t be too obvious. Christmas is a time for giving and Christmas songs give constant reminders they are Christmas songs.

Perhaps the very best of those mid-1960s Christmas albums is ‘A Christmas Gift to You From Phil Spector’. Spector, the mad genius, had perfected his rumbling, steam-powered Wall of Sound recording technique and every short, punchy song on the short, punchy album chugs along like a locomotive.

Perhaps the very best song on the album is Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’. Look at that title – the first word tells you what this is about, and if that’s not enough, the backing singers sing ‘Christmas’ at the end of every line. Tell them, tell them and tell them again.

So here’s the formula:

1           Start with a generic tune that is obviously in the style of the particular artist. So a James Brown Christmas song screams James Brown, a Motown Christmas song is by-the-numbers Motown. Use Christmas to reinforce your brand.

2           Intro – use bells. These make the clear and ringing statement: ‘What you are about to hear is a Christmas song’. You can chuck them into the chorus too for a reminder.

3           Outro – use jingles to fade as Santa is riding away on his sleigh. Your tambourine will do in a pinch. Chuck them into the verses too.

4           Say Christmas as many times as you can in between.


If you would like to enter RNZ’s Christmas song, go to But fair warning – you will not win. Because I’ve taken the formula, added another rule (5 Nothing is too OTT) and work is well under way for ‘What Santa Gave to Jesus’. It has winner written all over it.

Which links us obviously and directly to Darkest Days on Saturday 22 June.

For just as Christmas is one way of celebrating the Northern winter solstice, here in the Southern Hemisphere we have a tradition of celebrating the longest night with a dark night of dark beers. This year it’s Saturday 22 June.

By my calculation, this is the 7th annual Darkest Days at the Malthouse. But fair warning – my source for this is the Malthouse Blog, a notoriously unreliable thing.

But you can trust me when I tell you there are at least 25 porters, stouts, imperial stouts and barrel aged brews on the tap list this year. Many are new, some are limited to just one keg, and some are the very last keg existing of some favourite vintages.

Check out this for a line up:

8 Wired iStout Affrogato

North End Baby Grand Cru

Fork Brewing Murder of Crows 2018

Lord Almighty Ursus Stout – Last Ever Keg

Kereru Night Spirit 2016 – Aged for 10 months in New Zealand’s own whisky barrels

Garage Project Strong Imperial Dessert Stout – NEW

Epic Imperium

Boneface Crazy Train Scotch Ale

Deep Creek Lord Lamington Stout

ParrotDog LB White Stout – NEW

Moa XO Barrel Imperial IPA

Tuatara Midnight Sun Baltic Porter

Baylands Glasgow Slasher – 2017 Vintage

Black Dog Bean Me Up Mocha Milk Stout

Stone Brewing Woo Stout – imported from California

Tiny Rebel Imperial Stay Puft 2018 – imported from Wales. ONLY KEG

Tiny Rebel Orange Mocha 2018 – imported from Wales. ONLY KEG

Liberty Prohibition Porter – 2017 Vintage

Epic/Sparks Imperial Stout 2018

Coopers Vintage Ale – imported from South Australia

Behemoth Chocolate Fish Stout – LAST KEG

Sawmill Chocolate Stout

Three Boys Imperial Oyster Stout – 2019 vintage, brewed in the first week of the oyster season

Duncan’s Chocolate Stout

Cassels & Sons Double Cream Milk Stout

Renaissance Heritage Imperial Porter – brewed to celebrate Renaissance’s 1000th brew


Don’t be afraid of the dark!

Martin Craig

Malthouse Events

Saturday 22 June – Darkest Days, our annual celebration of the darkest beers on the longest night

Thursday 4 July – North End tap takeover

Friday 26 July – 12th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge. Yass!

Friday, 07 June 2019 20:20

Return of the Champions

There’s beer competitions and then there’s beer competitions.

Sometimes it seems as if there’s a different beer award each month – locals only, most popular, bestest beer in this particular store, etc etc etc.

The most credible are open to everyone, use blind-tasting against international criteria, and use a broad panel of experienced beer judges and brewers.

Around this part of the world, the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is recognised as being well-run and highly-credible. It attracted a massive 2594 entries this year, from 402 brewers and 26 countries, which also makes it the largest annual beer competition on the planet.

New Zealand brewers are keen supporters of AIBA, because it helps them to rate their craft across breweries and beer markets around the world, as well as scoring bragging rights over each other.

And we’ve often done very well there too, taking out an almost-permanent ownership of one award in particular. Last year our own Kereru won Champion Small International Brewery. This highly-valued award has also been claimed by Deep Creek (2017), ParrotDog (2015), and Renaissance (2014 and 2013).

This year Northland’s McLeod’s Brewery was announced as the Champion Small International Brewery.

Even better, Deep Creek was announced as the Champion Medium International Brewery, building on its own Small Champ success in 2017 and showing growth doesn’t have to hurt quality.

And to collect the set, DB Breweries brought back the Champion Large International brewery, an award previously won by Deschutes and Weihenstephan, and a first for any New Zealand brewery.

To put this clean sweep into perspective, let’s hear from an Aussie. This is Nick Oscilowski’s commentary from

“New Zealand is a country that draws a good deal of quiet pride and, dare it be said, validation by punching above its rather modest size on the international stage. So there’ll have been more than a few understated nods to a job well done after the country’s breweries claimed the Champion International Brewery trophies in all three size categories on offer.

“It's easy to imagine the largest smiles being worn in Waipu, the tiny Northland town that's the home of McLeod’s Brewery and now AIBA Champion Small International Brewery. The win – off the back of the Best Amber/Dark Ale trophy for their Traders beer (their interpretation of a Scotch Ale) and celebrated by a commando roll onto the stage and the most dramatic bowing of the night – sets another high mark for a brewery with a reputation that’s been growing steadily in recent years with head brewer Jason Bathgate at the helm.

“It also continues a Bledisloe-like period of dominance that's seen the award go west in six of the past seven years and potentially even signals a stepping stone to greater things; Auckland’s Deep Creek Brewing was the small brewery trophy recipient in 2017 but this year went one better – or at the very least bigger – by filling its swag bag with the Champion Medium Brewery trophy, Best International Lager trophy (for the Undercurrent Pilsner) and an enhanced reputation to take back over the Tasman.”

So you can see why we at the Malthouse are drawing a good deal of quiet pride and, dare it be said, validation by bringing Champion Trophy Winners Deep Creek and McLeod’s to celebrate in Wellington on Friday 14 June. Come along and join Deep Creek’s Scott Taylor, and McLeod’s Anita Mitchell (aka McLeod’s Daughter) to try some award winning beers from our local Champs.

The full beer list is to be confirmed, but it’s looking like a total tap takeover. Look out for these highlights:


Traders Scotch Ale (AIBA Trophy)

Longboarder Lager

Double Paradise IIPA

Marzen Amber Lager

802 #18

Abbey Light Belgian Single

Great Migration IPA

Pioneer Brown Porter


McLeod’s Smugglers Bay Range – Limited Release Vintages. Don’t muck around!

Bonnie Brett Ale 2018

Belgian Dubbel

Belgian Tripel

Barley Wine

Red Saison


And from Deep Creek

Undercurrent Pilsner (AIBA Trophy)

Wai-Kiki Sour

Lava Lava Sour

Courage IIPA

Misty Miagi Hazy IPA

Brewtiful Haze

Aloha Sour

Redwood APA

Oakily Doakily Sour

Wisdom IPA

Nikaw Lager


Phew! Pace yourselves…


Martin Craig

Malthouse Events

Friday 14 June – Return of the Champions. AIBA Champion breweries McLeod’s and Deep Creek bring their winning ways to the Malthouse.

Saturday 22 June – Darkest Days, our annual celebration of the darkest beers on the longest night

Thursday 4 July – North End tap takeover

Friday 26 July – 12th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge. Yass!

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