porter

Hello Darkness my old friend.

Porters and Stouts, along with Sours and Gose, are the styles that alienate most beer consumers. The flavours are so big and bold, and a world away from, say the beer “from up here”, that trying them can seem like a chore rather than a passion. A lot of consumers think that there is a seasonal window for drinking them, and to a certain extent, I think they are right. Whilst I can still enjoy a goo...

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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