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.


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Latest Articles

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Renaissance – the end of an era?

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Earlier this year I spoke to Brian Thiel at Renaissance when I was researching the second edition of Beer Nation. I got the sense that things weren’t quite right … just something in the tone of Brian’s voice and the words he used. Now with the news the business is in voluntary administration and up […]

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Not so mild: Mike Johnson, a pioneer of NZ craft beer

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Mike Johnson must be one of the more unusual brewers to have set up shop in New Zealand.   For a start, he made only one beer: Mike’s Mild. But it kept him business for the best part of 13 years on an isolated part of the north Taranaki coast.   But he’s also refreshingly […]

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Beer Nation – Another Round

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Here’s an extract from the opening chapter of Beer Nation – Another Round, which officially launches on August 23.   Beer is the national beverage of New Zealand. Excepting in the case of teetotallers, beer is used by all classes. But more especially, beer is the drink of the working man. The labourer working in […]

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Oysters Ahoy!

Monday, August 21st, 2017

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more understated, unassuming and downright humble mob than the Three Boys team Ralph Bungard has under his watch in the Christchurch suburb of Woolston. The irony is that they’ve celebrated the birthday with two of the most impressive, bold and beautiful beers you could hope to get your hands […]