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Latest Articles

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Garage Project discontinue controversial Death From Above

Monday, November 27th, 2017

There’s a short list of breweries responding appropriately when challenged over poor marketing but Garage Project’s decision to discontinue the label and name of Death From Above, and perhaps stop brewing the beer altogether, is a positive reaction, and outcomes to an unfortunate episode. You could argue that Garage Project took a little too long […]

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Terry McCashin: The duopoly buster

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Pinning down the late Terry McCashin was no easy task. When I started researching my first book, Beer Nation – The Art and Heart of Kiwi Beer, the first person pencilled in for an interview was Terry McCashin, who died suddenly yesterday, aged 73. The framework for the book pivoted on the year 1981 when […]

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Garage Project – Masters of the double IPA somersault

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Long the people’s choice as New Zealand’s best brewery, Garage Project have negotiated the bureaucracy of beer to be the establishment’s No 1. The Wellington outfit, which started with just two people six years ago, founders Jos Ruffell and Pete Gillespie, now employs over 40. They won Champion Brewery at the Brewers Guild Awards in […]

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What? No hops?

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

In a first for this column I’m going to tell you about a beer without hops. Sacrilege! You might cry. How can it be? Isn’t there an obscure German rule that says beer must be made with hops? How can it be craft beer if it doesn’t have hops; isn’t craft beer just hoppy pale […]