Friday Reading

From the Wellingtonian with kind permission, a column on beer lists, and beer and food matching:

I once bemused an impeccably dressed waiter in a fine (and expensive) Wellington restaurant by asking to see the beer list when ordering. “We do not have a beer list, sir. Why don’t you tell me what beer you would like and I will see if we have it?”

The latest Salient column details the on-going Bud war:

However, the mailbag was recently bulging with a plethora (“two”) of messages regarding comments made about the American beer Budweiser and the Czech beer Budvar in a law lecture at Victoria. The anonymous writers alerted me to the fact that Reader in Law Geoff McLay (known affectionately around the Law School as “Mr McLay”) had devoted part of a lecture to the global legal battles between Budvar – “the beer of kings” – and Budweiser – “the king of beers”.

Finally, the report and results from last night’s tasting at the Treasury:

The first ever commercial beer tasting I ever ran was on the May 22 in 2003. It was at the Treasury and there were eight people there. Last night I returned to the same venue to run another tasting to a crowd twice that size!