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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A big shout out

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Mostly in my life, I’ve not made a huge number of conscious decisions that have led to ongoing happiness. Mostly happiness happens by accident. Asking Deirdre to marry me was the biggest of those decisions and it’s been a roaring success. Earlier in life, I was determined to go to Phys Ed school in Dunedin and […]

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Need Fewer Hops?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Can it be that the man who championed the phrase “need more hops” actually now wants less? For a decade, Luke Nicholas of Epic has led the hop-forward revolution in New Zealand – first with his Epic Pale Ale and then with Armageddon IPA, Hop Zombie double IPA, the One Trick Pony series, Lupulingus and […]

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Hallertau Tasting

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

I’m hosting a tasting with a difference at Hallertau on October 20. We’ll be looking at the beers from the angle of flavours — such as bitter, malty, hoppy, smoky, roasty, tart, sour —  rather than traditional styles. It’s a great way to find out what kind of beer you prefer. It promises to be an entertaining […]

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Townshends rebuilds after disaster

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

I have long been a huge fan of Townshend’s Brewery. One man band Martin Townshend, who is based in Upper Moutere in the rural Nelson area, has made some of my favourite easy-drinking English style beers – especially his Old House ESB – a friendly, generous drop of English-style bitter. But in the past year I’ve […]