Beer there, done that by Willie Simpson

A pub crawl through New Zealand’s South Island introduces Willie Simpson to an impressive array of brews.

I’m excited. Really excited. When you review beer for a living, your palate can become a tad jaded but the dusky brew I sample at the Dux de Lux brew-pub in Christchurch is positively tap-dancing on my tastebuds.

It is a flavoursome porter beer matured in a wooden cask that formerly held some fine Central Otago pinot noir – and the bold marriage of grain and grape is sheer bliss.

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