Author of  Beer Nation – the Art and Heart of Kiwi Beer, the award-winning exploration of New Zealand’s beer and brewing history, and The Big Book of Home Brewing – a Kiwi Guide, chief judge for the New World Beer & Cider Awards, beer expert Michael Donaldson is on tap for all your needs, from writing and reviewing, to education, event-hosting and media relations.

Consultant

Need to update your restaurant or beer list? Need to know what's trending or seasonal? Need advice for matching food with beer? I have the answers to all your beer questions.

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Education

Don't know your IPAs from your IBUs or your pilsners from your porters? Book a craft beer lesson with your friends or family and learn about the beer basics. Everything from understanding beer styles to brewing your own at home.

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Writing

Looking for beer content for your website or magazine. Need help with a press release or content on your Facebook page? I'm a journalist and editor with 25 years experience who can help you get the message right.

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Events

How about a beer tasting night for your next corporate function, fund-raiser or special occasion? I'm experienced in beer and food matching, tasting sessions and have hosted seminars from Beervana to the Tauranga Arts Festival!

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Latest Articles

New Zealand’s Greatest Beers: Top-10 graphic

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New Zealand’s Greatest Beers: Top-10

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Welcome to the top-10 Greatest Beers in New Zealand, the final chapter in the list of our top-50 beers. The list is built on a raft of criteria that includes: Ratings on sites including Untappd and Ratebeer; Gold medals / trophies won at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards and other competitions; The influence the beer […]

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New Zealand’s 50 Greatest Beers: 20-11

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Welcome to the top-20 the list documenting what I believe are the 50 greatest beers in New Zealand. The list is built on a raft of criteria that includes: Ratings on sites including Untappd and Ratebeer; Gold medals / trophies won at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards and other competitions; The influence the beer has […]

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New Zealand’s 50 Greatest Beers: 30-21

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Welcome to part three of the list documenting what I believe are the 50 greatest beers in New Zealand. The list is built on a raft of criteria that includes: Ratings on sites including Untappd and Ratebeer; Gold medals / trophies won at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards and other competitions; The influence the […]

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New Zealand’s 50 Greatest Beers: 40-31

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Welcome to part two of the list documenting what I believe are the 50 greatest beers in New Zealand. The list is as built on a raft of criteria that includes: Ratings on sites including Untappd and Ratebeer; Gold medals / trophies won at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards and other competitions; The influence […]