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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Emerson’s JP – a celebration of a brewing inspiration

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

By JoAnne Carr Every June, Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin releases ‘JP’, a limited release Belgian-style ale. Like many special beer releases, it is snapped up by ardent beer drinkers, spurred on by the lure of something new and different, and the stamp collector mentality of “gotta try them all”. But there’s more to the story […]

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Panhead withdraws off beer

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Panhead Custon Ales has withdrawn a number of batches of its award-winning beer, including the much-loved Super Charger after a cross-contamination issue. Some customers have been complaining about “off” beers from Panhead in the past couple of weeks, including a noticeable sour tang. @panheadbrewery just picked up a super charger 6er and they're sour af […]

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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 […]