Beerly Writing – As Salient as Ever

In a recent beer column for Salient magazine, I profiled the Founder’s range of beers:

Finding a beer which is environmentally friendly, certified organic, vegan, GE-free and kosher is not quite as hard as it may sound. The entire Founder’s range of beer from Nelson fit the bill perfectly.

There is also a survey of New Zealand’s growing Lager Frenzy:

While we may claim to have had “a few quiet ales” the night before, the chances are that most, if not all, of those “ales” were really lagers. Even Speight’s Gold Medal Ale and Tui East India Pale Ale are lagers.

Finally, a visit to the Wellington Show revealed several New Beers:

The Food Show was the first time I’d ever even heard of the Storm Brewery in Bali. While most Asian breweries focus exclusively on light lagers, Storm makes a wide range of ales, many of them are bottle conditioned. The Storm Pale Ale (4.2%) was surprisingly fresh, fruity and refreshing.

Long Weekend Beerly Reading

The Southern Cross Tavern is a striking example of the change in attitudes to drinking and beer in New Zealand. This article – reprinted with the kind permission of the Wellingtonian newspaper – charts the evolution from booze barn to beer bar:

In my first year of university, the Southern Cross Tavern was a drinking establishment of near mythical stature. Virtually every day, a line of hopeful, nervous students would queue up to the door hoping to partake of $2 jugs of Lion Brown, complete the epic ‘Round the World’ beer challenge or even endure the exquisite horror of the ‘bladder buster’ – cheap drinks until some unlucky person went to the bathroom.

The Salient Beer Column returns for 2008 and the first column can be read here:

“Beer” and “university” go together as naturally as “essay” and “leaving it to the last minute.”

The second column details the various beers and bars which continue to vex me – My Beer Nemeses if you will:

My first real Beer Nemesis was the lamentable range of Fruit Hopper beers. Many gentle readers will be too young to recall these beers (at least legally), but they were generic lagers mixed with what tasted very much like different flavours of Raro and then over-carbonated in a Soda Stream machine. Shortly after a press release went out extolling their strong sales, they were quietly taken off the market and possibly re-released as Lift Plus.

Beer Haiku – Christmas Edition

Even though I have not yet heard Snoopy’s Christmas in the shops, it is clear that Christmas is approaching. Captain Hops has a gift for us all – a seasonal Haiku he called “Freudian Slip“:

Trimming the tree
Loaded with beer… er, I mean…
Loaded with cheer

Glass Tip – Those jolly fellows at Beer Haiku Daily

And in the semi-regular Beer in the Media Watch section, while most of the attention this week has been on the beer and food article in the New Zealand Herald, it probably escaped most people’s attention that craft beer turned up in – of all places – the Education Review.

When asked what three items he would take into orbit, Darel Hall (the often photographed communications manager for Competenz and political aspirant) listed “access to the world’s libraries, my favorite librarian and a very large keg of Tuatara Pilsner. And Facebook.”

A fine choice of beer.

Politics surely must be in his future – when asked for three items he listed four things.