• Queenstown Brewers Dead Snake Porter Review

    15 February 2017 - Best Beer HQ

    Queenstown Brewers Dead Snake Porter Review

    ABV: 4.5% Blurb on the bottle: The first snake sighted in Queenstown was in March 1894 as it emerged from a crate of bottles in the Wakatip Brewery. It escaped, but the approaching winter cold would have dealt to the “immigrant from Australia”. This Brown Porter is made for the cold months that keep us […]

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  • Tuatara Nui APA Review

    8 February 2017 - Best Beer HQ

    Tuatara Nui APA Review

    I drink this bottle of Tuatara Nui just a couple of days after the news broke that the Paraparaumu-based brewery has been acquired by DB Breweries – itself owned by Dutch brewing giant Heineken – with plans to introduce the craft beer to more Kiwi pubs as well as overseas. I don’t know how I […]

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  • Emerson’s Daredevil Red IPA Review

    1 February 2017 - Best Beer HQ

    Emerson’s Daredevil Red IPA Review

    Remember the Christmas craft beer advent calendar that my wife made for me? Well, this bottle of Emerson’s Daredevil Red IPA was one of the beers I unwrapped. ABV: 6.4% Blurb on the bottle: Like many young boys, Richard Emerson dreamed of being a superhero. But then, like most young men, he discovered beer and […]

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  • It’s fair to say that I had a fantastic time on Australia’s Gold Coast, but it’s also fair to say that Surfer’s Paradise stinks. Not only was Schoolies on – and the town was full of spotty-faced teens as a result – but I really struggled to find a decent bar serving craft beer. So […]

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  • Gage Roads Break Water Aussie Pale Ale Review

    16 January 2017 - Best Beer HQ

    Gage Roads Break Water Aussie Pale Ale Review

    Surfers Paradise is the absolute worst. Not only was the tackiest part of Australia full of spotty-faced teenagers on summer holiday when I visited in November last year, but you couldn’t even take refuge from all their youthful hijinks in a decent bar or pub because there weren’t any. It seems they’re all either tourist […]

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