Archive for December, 2009


Best Beers of 2009

December 23, 2009

Another years almost up – it’s been a big year of beer for me so I thought I’d do the obligatory ‘best of’ list. I couldn’t really come up with a simple list of 10 or put them in any kind of order so here’s simply a list of the New Zealand beers that I enjoyed most (South to North):

  • Boysenbeery (Invercargill Brewery)
  • Emerson’s Pilsner (Emerson’s, Dunedin)
  • Emerson’s Weizenbock
  • Emerson’s Dunkelweiss
  • Brewski (Wanaka Beerworks)
  • Sauvin Pils (The Twisted Hop, Christchurch)
  • Challenger (The Twisted Hop)
  • The Rogue Hop (Harrington’s, Christchurch)
  • Porter (Three Boys Brewery, Christchurch)
  • Golden Ale (Three Boys)
  • Nor’Wester Strong Pale Ale (Dux Brewing Company, Christchurch & Queenstown)
  • Dakota Dark (Wigram Brewing Co, Christchurch)
  • Hophead IPA (Brewmoon, Amberly)
  • Fair Maiden (Founder’s, Nelson)
  • Fat Lip (Founder’s)
  • Cathcarts NTA (Townshend, Rosedale)
  • Old House ESB (Townshend)
  • Able Ale (Monkey Wizard Brewery, Riwaka)
  • Easter Bunny (The Mussel Inn, Onekaka)
  • Marlborough Pale Ale (Renaissance Brewing, Blenheim)
  • Märzen (Moa Brewing Company)
  • Gabriel (666 Brewing Co., Blenheim)
  • Pot Kettle Black (Yeastie Boys, Wellington (brewed by Invercargill Brewery))
  • Brewjolais (Mac’s Brewery, Wellington)
  • Solstice (Mac’s)
  • Hefe (Tuatara Breweries, Waikanae)
  • Mike’s Mild (White Cliffs / Mike’s Organic Brewery
  • Epic Pale Ale (Epic Brewing Company, Auckland)
  • Epic Armageddon

Everyone needs a number one however, and this goes without a doubt to Renaissance’s Marlborough Pale Ale – I’m pretty sure this is the best beer I’ve ever drunk. Weighting in at a hefty 8.5% abv and single-hopped with new NZ hop variety – Rakau – this is a stunning beer, displaying a great balance of American and NZ hop characteristics; chewy, puckering bitterness; and sweet, rich, toffee-ish malt. Please guys, if you’re reading this – you have to brew this again in 2010!

Have a great Christmas & a happy New Year!



The Christmas Spirit

December 18, 2009

When I first started reading this article on, I thought the Heathists had finally grown a sense of humor – but as I read on about this study published in the British Medical Journal, it became clear that they are serious (or it is very well-done satire designed to enrage bloggers like me).

Santa Claus has been accused of acting in ways that could “damage millions of lives”.

As the mythical man in red zooms around the planet delivering gifts, he is an unwitting promoter of obesity, unhealthy products, disease and even drink driving, according to an Australian academic.

Read the whole thing and weep.

Update: Eric @ Offsetting Behaviour has a response from the author – it is indeed tounge-in-cheek.

Hat tip for today’s clip: The Malthouse Blog