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…
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:53

Let the pub games begin! Boneface Pinball Night

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There’s a long and treasured history of games in the pub. No, I’m not referring the great Angry Birds rush of December 2011. I’m talking about old favourites like Bagatelle, Shove Ha’penny, Devil Among the Tailors, and Nine Men’s Morris. Publicans have used a wide range of distractions to help people lose track of time and keep them in the pub to try and even the score. Today there are…
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 16:40

Quintessential Hop 5.3% 'Fresh Hopped'

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Hopstock2019 is here and we're showcasing our special brew! This unfiltered 'NZ Pale Ale ' has been brewed with one of the most sought after hops in the world. Our very own master brewer, Tracy Banner, was the first brewer in history to use the Nelson Sauvin hop when it was released in the year 2000. Packed with gooseberry, citrus and wine-like characteristics = a fruity punch!So kickstart your Hopstock…
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