The Malthouse Blog
Launching a true Craftsman of the Renaissance
Monday, 14 June 2010 10:11

For a writer, brewers are generally a joy to interview.  There are three primary reasons for this – brewers are passionate about their beer, they love to tell stories and joke, and they often insist the interview is conducted over a couple of frothing pints of ale. 

Crouching Tiger, Secret Vicar
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 11:09

Croucher Brewery first came to my attention because they had created a problem.  After commercially launching their beers in January 2006, Croucher had entered their fledgling Pale Ale into the BrewNZ Beer Awards.

Outlaws and Knights – Bridge Road Brewery
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 13:19

At the height of the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s, the high country town of Beechworth was the boisterous home of around 42,000 residents who were amply watered by 61 hotels.  The gold gradually disappeared and so too did most of the people. 

Craft brewers win more medals than Winter Olympics team
Thursday, 27 May 2010 10:10

The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) were held in Melbourne last week with 1170 entries from 243 breweries across 34 countries.  One of those 34 countries was New Zealand and a number of local brewers, directors, writers and plain old beer fans were in attendance at the rather opulent Palladium Ballroom in the Crown Casino.

All About The APA's
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:08

In the beginning, there were Pale Ales.*  These were well-rounded English ales with a sturdy amount of malt and a decent amount of hops.  Although amber in colour, they were deemed pale in contrast to the other beers around which were all black or dark brown. 

Renaissance Gets Funky
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 09:56

Craft beer drinkers are increasingly becoming confronted by beers with extraordinary names.  From Russian River’s ‘Pliny the Elder’ to McQuire's ‘I'll Have What The Gentleman On The Floor Is Having’ Barley Wine, from Yeastie Boys ‘Return to Magenta’ * to Hallertau’s ‘La Stuntman’ **, beers with long, humorous or just plain puzzling monikers are almost becoming the norm.

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