Beerly Writing – July

From the pages of The Wellingtonian newspaper, a column on beer at the Wellington food show:

Once through the gates, the first question facing every attendee at the Food Show is “left or right?” My decision to go left was immediately vindicated as virtually the first stall I saw was the Epic Brewing Company from Auckland. The impish brewer Luke Nicholas was handing out samples of his crisp Epic Lager and massively hopped Epic Pale Ale to big and appreciative crowds.

From The Salient, a short but intense look at stupid beers:

While many students live by the creed that the best beer in the world is the one right in front of them (preferably that someone else paid for), there are some beers which are simply stupider than Paul Holmes in a burka.

Finally for this update, The Salient column on dark beers:

A surprising number of people have absolutely no idea how beers get a dark colour. Depressingly, the majority seem to think that artificial colour is simply added at some specified point in the brewing process and – hey presto – instant dark beer. Tragically, that is precisely how a couple of breweries do it.

Beer and Food Match of the Month: Proper French Roquefort cheese and Invercargill Smokin Bishop – magic.

Good Bastards brewery born to make the most of the Coast


Sweeney’s firm West Coast Brewing yesterday settled the purchase of Westport’s Miners Brewery, now named West Coast Brewery. Sweeney wants the firm to become the nation’s No. 3 brewer, and it is completing a prospectus which, once approved, will open the door for more shareholders.

He expects to double brewery production within a year and more than treble staff as production increases. He plans to raise $3 million to fund his plans.

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