Beer Journeys

Beer Journeys

by Michael Donaldson, local beer guru Richard Emerson is happy to make jokes at  his own expense – starting with the fact that being the...

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By Michael Donaldson (who won Beer Writer of the Year!) If you’re looking for a reliable guideline on great tasting beer, the New Zealand Beer...

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by Michael Donaldson Modern craft beer can sometimes feel like a parody of itself – like when a brewery creates a beer with yeast found...

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by Michael Donaldson A famous beer person (not me) once said something like: wine is just different grapes done the same way, but beer has...

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Take a walk on the dark side of the street...

by Michael Donaldson Like the infamous dark side of the moon, the dark side of beer is largely misunderstood. For instance, the dark side of...

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by Michael Donaldson Red, Black, White, Brown. West Coast or East Coast? Brut or session? How about NZIPA? IPA started life on a long journey...

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The Pale Ale Alphabet Soup

by Michael Donaldson, local beer guru Sometimes beer can look like a confusing array of letters that don’t tell you anything about the taste. IPA,...

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Lager vs Ale - What's the difference anyway?

By Michael Donaldson, local beer guru If there’s one question I’ve been asked more than “what’s your favourite beer?” it’s this: “What’s the difference between...

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