Getting back into it

The last beer column in the Wellingtonian newspaper for 2007 profiled the Moa range of beers:

It is perhaps fitting that the son of a famous winemaker heads a brewery which blurs the line between wine and beer. Moa beer is the brainchild of Josh Scott, son of Allan Scott, the founder of Allan Scott Wines. An accomplished wine maker himself, the implausibly youthful Josh has incorporated several wine making techniques into his range of beer including elements of the “methode traditionelle” used in making Champagne.

Glass Tip – The Wellingtonian for kind permission to republish

From the latest edition of the Free Radical, an article reviewing the results of the BrewNZ 2007 Beer Awards:

Beer awards are a bit like boxing tournaments. Just as a heavyweight fighting a flyweight would be a gross mismatch, it is hard to objectively judge the respective merits of a chocolately London Porter against a hoppy New World Pale Ale. Accordingly, beers are entered into one of ten classes (each with numerous sub-classes) so that like can be assessed against like.

There is an excellent article in the NY Times called Brews that go to Extremes:

“If one is good, then two is better!”

Such is the ethos of extreme beers, an all-American genre in which brewers are engaged in a constant game of “Can you top this?” Whether using an inordinate amount of traditional ingredients like malt or hops, or adding flavorings undreamed of by Old World brewers, American brewers have created a signature style that beer enthusiasts seem both to love and hate.

Mmmm… Unearthly IPAs… Sessionable…

Glass Tip – South East Asian Correspondent Belinda

Finally, for the hordes of people who wrote in clamouring for the return of Beer Haiku Fridays, rest assured this popular feature will resume tomorrow!

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