Tuesday, 06 August 2019 15:41

On the Road

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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…
Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:01

Festival of the Boot part two: The Field

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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…
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…
Saturday, 15 June 2019 18:00

Songs for the longest night

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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…
Friday, 07 June 2019 20:20

Return of the Champions

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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…
Friday, 24 May 2019 14:02

Now pouring at Black Dog

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BEAN ME UP - MOCHA STOUT Brewed in collaboration with Havana Coffee Works and Wellington Chocolate Factory, this stout is the coming together of three Wellington's favourite goods - beer, coffee & chocolate. Smooth and creamy with a massive chocolate & coffee hit and softened with a creamy stout, BEAN ME UP will be sure to hit the spot! Best drunk slightly warmer than straight out of the tap, this…