Out and About

For a guy who (most of the time) works in IT, I can be a bit of a Luddite. Sure, technology is great when it makes my life easier. Unfortunately, most modern technological trends seem more about wasting time than saving it. Social media, in particular, drives me nuts. Where does everyone find the time […]

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The Wow Files: Epic Lager

The Beer: Epic Lager (5.2% abv) The Venue: The best club in New Zealand – the Ruakura Club. I’d link to the website but I’m just too embarrassed. Google if you must. They are getting a new one soon. The Company: A bunch of reprobates and hardened alcoholics. The usual people I call my friends. […]


This Ole House

Rumours have been rife that iconic Hamilton craft beer bar House on Hood was for sale for a few months now. I’d shrugged them off, knowing the Phoenix group guys reasonably well, and knowing that they are very savvy business people, and to such people, everything tends to be for sale at any time for […]

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Imperial Updates

My friend James used to call me “a walking contradiction”. He is also, in his own way, and perhaps that’s why we get on so well. Anyway, on any given day, I will both love humanity to bits, while ranting incessantly to all who will listen about just how stupid people seem to be becoming. […]


The Wow Files: Kereru Kumara Brown Ale

This is the first in an irregular and hopefully infinite series of short (ish – we’ll see) posts celebrating “wow beers”. I shamelessly nicked the phrase “wow beer” from one of the oldest beer podcasts on the tubes, Craft Beer Radio. I don’t know if they nicked it from someone else, but I like its […]

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The Emperor’s New Suds

I spend a lot of time promoting positivity around beer. This post will focus on some of the negatives as I see them. Be warned, it’s long. This is written purely with my Drinker hat on, obviously tempered by the fact that I’ve drunk a fair bit of beer in my time, honed my palate […]


New year, new name, new… no, that’s it.

Well hi! It has been over a year since the last entry here. It’s not really that I’ve been busy, though I have. It’s not that I’ve nothing to say, I have plenty. It’s not that I’m lazy, though I can be. Why is it then? You know, I’m really not sure. I think it’s […]


Of Bottles and Big Sticks

Warning: This may be my second fairly libertarian themed post in a row. I’m not certain that two posts, nearly six months apart really count as a row, but there you go. Right, so for the three of you still reading, I’ll get down to brass tacks. There have been a raft of releases of, […]


Now you see the violence inherent in the system!

Upon starting my workday, I really shouldn’t be scanning beer blogs. Unfortunately, the disturbingly nocturnal Phil Cook seems to always post an excellent read just as I am about to begin something productive. Worse, this time it’s motivated me to bloggery with its libertarian-enraging opening paragraph talking about regulation and taxation. After the red mist […]


Of rooms and the elephants who dwell therein

I’ve been taking a break from blogging, and indeed writing in general lately. I don’t really know why. I’ve just struggled to find something that hasn’t already been said, and usually more eloquently than I could say it. I’m not averse to some deceased equine beating, I just think that it pays to have something […]