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

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Baddest beer

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

By Michael Donaldson   Growing up in the 1970s I was obsessed with a handful of athletes who dominated the era – Mark Spitz, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali. One of my favourite books from that era was Norman Mailer’s The Fight detailing the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Ali and George Foreman in […]

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Would you pay $34 for a bottle of beer?

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

When beer was a commodity – back in the day before craft – the only thing that mattered what tribe you belong to (Lion or DB) and the price of the stuff. For many price still matters and one of the criticisms that’s often thrown at craft is the cost of good beer. Before I […]

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Hopster not a hipster

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

You may have heard about this trend to make cloudy, hoppy beers. Or to give them their hip name: East Coast IPAs. East Coast IPAs, which arose in Vermont, are about beer in its natural state. They are unfiltered and unfined, in that no clarifying agents such as Irish Moss or isinglass have been used to remove particles. […]

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Parrots fly free of cage

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Wellington brewery ParrotDog are poised to break out of their restrictive cage/kennel. With new equipment arriving last week at their just-opened Lyall Bay brewery they will soon be able to produce the huge volume of beer their fans demand. ParrotDog let out a loud bark last year when they raised $2m of equity in two days on PledgeMe, thanks […]