Politics and beer, over beer.
The Prime Minister’s on maternity leave and the rulebook has gone out the window. We dragged Justice Minister Andrew Little and Consumer Minister Kris Faafoi down to the Fork n Brewer for a few Monday pints to see what we could squeeze out of them.
We’re joking. Dominic Kelly and Phil Cook aren’t angry at all. Well, not really.
They definitely know their stuff when it comes to the beer industry though and they’re not afraid to speak their mind. Respect.
Patrick Mace, or ‘Dr Pat’ as he likes to call himself, is one of the founding staff members at American brewery Lagunitas. Part of his job now is travelling the world and telling people to drink the beer - sweet gig if you can get it.
Opening yet another brewery in Wellington would be crazy, right? Well, there’s at least four people who don’t think so and they’re in the middle of doing just that in Miramar. We’re joined by Double Vision’s Warren Drahota and Maria Lanz for a fascinating insight into taking the plunge in today’s mature beer market.
Fancy a beer with the leader of the National Party? Well, I’m sure he’ll have one with you if you can find him to ask, but the next best thing is listening to us have one with him at The Malthouse. Listen to hear his thoughts on the beer industry, politics, and what he actually puts in his hair….
Season 2 is here, so we've called in some familiar media faces to sink a few beers at The Malthouse. Tune in to hear Heather du Plessis-Allan and Chris Bramwell talk about homebrewing, Winston Peters, Donald Trump and, of course, Dancing with the Stars.
Two of the most successful people in the New Zealand beer scene are Jos Ruffell from Garage Project and Mike Neilson from Panhead. One has remained staunchly independent as he has turned his brewery into a global brand, while the other chose to sell the business for a tidy profit when the offer was too good to refuse.
New Zealand has 32 new MPs and two of them are Labour's Kiri Allan and the Greens' Chloe Swarbrick. They join Shane and Michael at The Malthouse to discuss their aspirations for the next three years.
Predicting what will happen next in the beer industry seems impossible but we're going to try, with the help of brewer Kerry Gray from Choice Bros and award-winning beer writer Neil Miller.
Independent breweries have shaken up the beer market, but can they compete with the big players when it comes to the Kiwi dozen?
To kick off our blog section, here's an article I wrote for Newsroom earlier this year about the controversy surrounding the Brewers Association's 99% sugar free campaign.