Monthly Archive:: December 2006

31 Dec 2006

Top 10 New Zealand Beers of 2006

Having been a bit busy of late, and everyone getting their top 10 beers list in already, I have finally compiled the official Top Ten New Zealand Beers of 2006. Using the usual method of totaling
25 Dec 2006

Kiwis raise glasses to a record year

Stewart said: “We’re not necessarily drinking more – we’re certainly drinking better.” We are spending at least 25 per cent more on alcohol than we did nine years ago. We spent almost a billion dollars on alcohol
21 Dec 2006

Beer as if it mattered

Tis the season for talking about the best beers of 2006 and the good people at Hallertau assembled “a mix of beer drinkers and beer makers” to rate a large number of New Zealand beers according to
21 Dec 2006

Pre-Christmas Happy Hour

As the festive season is almost upon us and the mainstream media getting ready to hibernate, I thought I would put up some summer links to recent articles over at the Ale Files: The Cellar Vate Beer
19 Dec 2006

Beer on the Radio

I was recently interviewed for half an hour about beer in New Zealand by MP Mark Blumsky for his regular radio show. The show will air at 9:30am Saturday 23rd December (Prime Time!) on Access Radio which
17 Dec 2006

Lion keeps ready money

Lion Nathan gave its shareholders a Christmas present of sorts by deciding not to pay over the odds for New Zealand ready-to-drink maker Independent Liquor, raising the prospect that it will make capital changes instead. Rumours of
14 Dec 2006

Lion Nathan to sell Auckland brewery

Lion Nathan, Australia’s second-largest brewer, will sell a brewery in New Zealand after dropping its bid for drinks group Independent Liquor, the Australian Financial Review said on Friday. The paper said that Lion had planned to move
14 Dec 2006

A New Breed of Beer Drinker

He drinks skinny chai lattes, knows the names of at least 10 clothing designers, visits the beautician and obsesses about weight gain… Jose Vidal tells us which half-dozen the six-packed Macstrosexual will be picking up at the
13 Dec 2006

Independent Liquor sold to consortium

Independent Liquor (NZ) has been sold to a consortium of private equity firms Pacific Equity Partners and CCMP for an undisclosed sum, Independent Liquor said in a brief statement The consortium beat off brewers such as Lion
12 Dec 2006

Tui Beer – Hidden Message in New Tui Commercial

The new tui beer commercial that has been screening this year (the one with the boys sneaking into the tui brewery to steal the beer) has a hidden message at the end. It says:Bird watching is a