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About Beer Nation

My name is Michael Donaldson and I started writing about New Zealand in 2010 and this website, Beer Nation, takes its name from my first book.

Beer Nation – the Art and Heart of Kiwi Beer, is an award-winning exploration of New Zealand’s beer and brewing history. Released in 2011 just as New Zealand’s beer scene was starting to boom, it was republished as a second edition in 2015.

I also wrote The Big Book of Home Brewing – a Kiwi Guide. This book looks at home brewing through the eyes of some of New Zealand’s best known brewers who offer their tips and recipes.

I’m proud to be the author of Richard Emerson’s biography The Hopfather.

What else? I’m the editor of Pursuit of Hoppiness, a bi-monthly magazine published by the Society of Beer Advocates.

I am chair of judges for the annual New World Beer & Cider Awards. This website is where I curate almost all my writing, including reviews and features in Stuff, New Zealand Herald, North & South and Drinksbiz.