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The Lord Nelson Brewery

The Lord Nelson pub is possibly Australia’s oldest hotel, and is definitely the oldest continually licensed hotel, still trading on its original site.  On 29th June 1831 Richard Phillips obtained a liquor licence for the Shipwright Arms on the corner of Kent and Argyle Streets, changing the name to the Sailor’s Return the next year after the continual trade from seafarers and dock workers. The pub...

Breakfast Beers?

I was at Champagne Breakfast function recently and was looked down on for ordering a beer. I’ve never claimed to be fashionable , and often consider myself to be somewhat  outside of normal social traditions. But I can’t work out for the life of me why it is that beer at breakfast is seen as unacceptable when Champers, some spirits (Gin for example), or cocktails (Bloody Marys) are? When I started...

Bledisloe and Beers.

The first Bledisloe was on the weekend, which means that it was also time for our annual “Down the All-Blacks” night. The idea being that we get together and bring a different 6 pack of black or dark beer, trying to work out which one we prefer. There’s no science to it, just what tastes the best while the ribs and inch thick steaks and Steve-o’s fresh caught Spanish Mackeral are coming stra...

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