Beverage Archive

Dietary Requirements: Sausages, mental health and a dispatch from Ireland

Dietary Requirements is our new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Company.

Who’s afraid of big bad chardonnay?

These days, chards are far more complex than the buttery, oaky monsters of yore, so dive on in.

X is for extra pale ale: An A-Z of the Beervana craft beer festival

Reflecting on the highs and lows of multiple circumnavigations of a beery concrete concourse.

The beauty of bubbles: why champagne is so good (and NZ sparkling is not far off)

'Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right,' according to Mark Twain. Simon Day has a cleansing glass of bubbles (or three) to go with a history lesson on champagne.

The shake-and-drink smoothie drops revitalising indigenous foods

Kaitahi's Leonie Matoe explains how her company's innovative products are reviving the use (and growth) of indigenous plant-based ingredients.

We’ve come a long way, baby: Why Kiwi pinot just keeps getting better

With its fascinating regional diversity, New Zealand’s most popular red has evolved into a wine that’s making the world sit up and take notice.

The milkshake master and the nostalgia of fast food

Food and drink are the source of many memories. Simon Day remembers a hangover and his childhood with milkshake guru Matt Fitzgerald.

No mean peat: A refined trip through the birthplace of great whisky

Featuring hints of marshmallow, Prince Charles, booze-soaked shoes and being bullied by a large Scottish man named Paul.

Gin and beer it: The true story of Parliament’s boozy past

Today it's babies and playgrounds, but parliament's early days were more like a drunken party.

John Key’s personalised pinot noir, reviewed

Our correspondent came into a bottle of the (former) PM’s Pinot All Noir via a shady route of backdoor deals and dirty politics.

Do not fear the dark side – drink it

Fill the void of those long, lonely winter nights with a dark beer – there's one out there for you, we promise.

Hops in the hútongs: China’s craft beer champions

From the alleyways of Běijīng to the Tibetan highlands, independent brewing is on the rise.

Why punch is illegal in New Zealand (kind of)

In the best drinking cities in the world, sharing a punch bowl with your mates at a bar makes for a splendid evening.

Frickin Dangerous Bro Review White People Things: kombucha

In the latest episode of The Spinoff TV series in which James Roque, Pax Assadi and Jamaine Ross try all the fancy shit white people seem to like: kombucha.

Welcome to Dietary Requirements: The Spinoff’s brand new food podcast

Dietary Requirements is our new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too.

Beans behind bars: Turning prisoners into baristas

A new addition to Wellington's cafe scene is giving former female prisoners the chance to hone their barista skills.

Why is coffee in London so, so terrible?

A displaced Wellingtonian yearns for the coffee culture she once derided.

Smash the beer patriarchy! How women are putting brews before bros

Gather round, hop-loving harridans of Aotearoa, for now is our time.

Raise your glasses to The Spinoff Food!

We’re jolly excited to announce the launch of The Spinoff’s newest section, dedicated to all things food and drink.

John Kirwan’s love affair with Italian wines comes home

From the moment he arrived in Italy to play rugby Sir John Kirwan fell in love with the food and wine. He spoke to Simon Day about bringing a taste of his corner of the country back to New Zealand. 

A delicious foot: the natural wines made in urban Wellington

Samuel Flynn Scott explores the buzzy flavours of the natural wineries of downtown Wellington. 

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #50: LaCroix, the internet’s favourite drink

Henry Oliver drinks a crate day's worth of LaCroix, Millennial's favourite sparkling water which has just arrived in New Zealand.