Beer history and the future of beer

From the Wellingtonian, the debate over the country’s oldest pub rages on and a retracing of a historic pub crawl reveals how much Wellington has changed. The full column is titled”Historic Thistle Inn claimes challenged“:

It was never likely that a single column would determine once and for all whether the Thistle Inn or the Upper Moutere Inn was the country’s oldest pub. In fact, last month’s column seems to have stirred up even more debate with a number of other contenders also claiming that honour.

Over at the Malthouse blog, the latest post discusses the relative merits of Oktoberfest and the new Octoberbest festivals. The post is called “Move over Oktoberfest, here comes Octoberbest“:

If proof was ever needed that Oktoberfest is actually a pretty classy event, look no further than the organiser’s decision in 2007 to ban serial oxygen-thief Paris Hilton. The official reason was that Paris “cheapened” the festival in 2006 with her attendance but the real reason was perhaps that she had used her time at the festival to run an advertising campaign for canned wine.

Glass Tips – The Wellingtonian and Malthouse Blog

How Fringe is Becks? (love the irony)

There is little more an artist loves than to see their work plastered all over the city and there’s a chance they can do so with this year’s Fringe Festival.

But wait, there’s more! The winner also gets a Beck’s-tastic prize pack courtesy of Beck’s, including 4-dozen Beck’s, a Beck’s shirt, Beck’s hat, Beck’s bag, Beck’s USB stick and a Beck’s bottle-opener to crack into the delicious beer.

Participants need to conjure up their own original poster design for the 2009 New Zealand Fringe Festival. It can be anything their imaginations spit out, as long as it also includes the Fringe 09 and Beck’s logos, which can be downloaded at

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Beer News and Goss – 2 November 2008

This is a reminder that the Great Christchurch Beer Festival 2008 takes place this Saturday (Election Day) at the most excellent The Twisted Hop in Christchurch (6 Poplar Street) from 11am to 11pm. Admission is free and there will be a BBQ and live music. More importantly, the beer list looks awesome:

Pink Elephant Mammoth
Tuatara IPA
Renaissance Blonde
TTH Skull Buggery
Mussel Inn Bitter Ass
Emersons Brewers Reserve
TTH Twisted Ankle
Galbraiths Mr G’s
Invercargill Boysenbeery
Townshend No9
Croucher Pils
Epic Pale Ale
Brew Moon Dark Side Stout
Lighthouse Dick’s Dark
Wigram Hefe
Green Man Pils
TTH Golding Bitter
Harringtons Rogue Hop
TTH Challenger
Three Boys Golden

Sadly, I won’t be able to attend because I will be judging at the Great New Zealand Sausage Competition. It will take a little explaining to the electoral flunkies about why I want to cast an early vote…

In other news, a new low-carb beer has entered the market with the recent launch of Export 33. It joins Spring Tide and Haagen Blonde in this growing market segment.

Top 6 – Beer Festivals in New Zealand

As craft beer quickly becomes more popular, and the selection of beers from craft breweries grow, we are seeing more and more Beer Festivals popping up around the country. Since we are heading into February we are hitting the peak month for getting out and sampling beer.

A Beer Festival should be that opportunity for you to sample beers you don’t usually drink or don’t have access to in your local market or area where you drink and shop.

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