Back from my travels with much to report. After Singapore the rest of my time was spent in New Zealand. I was quite surprised that it has a wide and varied brewing culture very unlike its larger neighbour across the Tasman Sea. Small breweries abound, and the variety of product is impressive. I think I scratched the surface by trying seventy different beers, so it’ll take me a few posts to get through them all. This one is about the basics.
New Zealand certainly has no shortage of breweries. As well as several big players and a couple of brewpub chains there are innumerable small-to-middle-sized operations all making a surprisingly wide range of beers. In the time I was there I could only hope to get a taster of what was on offer from these breweries, and with several I only managed to try one of their beers. So before I moved on to the breweries I am most familiar with, this post is about the individual beers whose stablemates never reached me.
Where was I? Oh yes, small New Zealand breweries. “Small” covers a sizeable range, however, so I’ll try to do this with some sense of scale.
Right, that’s your lot from NZ. Long may its varied beer culture thrive.