Monday, 09 July 2018 14:40

The Tastings to End All Tastings

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We always enjoy hosting tastings here at Hashigo Zake, for a variety of reasons. They are a great way for us to get to know the products we were selling better. They're also a great way to introduce new products and often whole new styles to our regular customers. And most of all they're a really enjoyable way to spend an evening. In 2018 it's a lot harder to surprise…
Friday, 22 June 2018 16:09

The Darkest Days

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By my reckoning, New Zealand just endured its longest night of the year. This insightful reckoning was based on the actual calculations of experts in the field of astronomy who are much smarter than me, and the fact that I read about it on the internet so it must be true. In retrospect, the information was posted on the New Zealand Herald website which is frequently the exception to that…
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:25

Project Silver - #6 Hallertau

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It has been a wee while between drinks as they say, so we've got a super special lineup coming your way this weekend.
As a professional beer writer, I have visited a lot of breweries around the world (New Zealand, Australia, China, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic) but few, if any, made a greater impression than Lagunitas Brewery in California, USA. I was there for literally two hours literally ten years ago, but I loved the place then and I still love their beers now.
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 16:43


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OCTOPUMP returns......this time with a record number of cask conditioned beers, we don't know where we are going to fit them all!26th & 27th May 2018All handpumped, all weekendUK pints, British bar snacks & musicBreweries and beers:Baylands Berry Brownie Raspberry Brown Ale 7%Eagle Coalface Stout 6.2%Eagle South Island Pale Ale 5.5%Fork Brewing Parallel Importer 4.5% (Cask)Garage Project Hot Fuzz Chili IPA 5.8% (Cask)Kereru Yellowhead Session IPA 4.5%North End Forty South…
Malthouse is celebrating 25 years in business with a yearlong series of monthly beer launches and tap takeovers from some of New Zealand’s finest breweries. This mammoth saga has been dubbed “Project Silver” after the metal traditionally associated with said anniversary. It has been described variously as “awesome”, “incredible” and “a little bit nuts, to be honest”.