Beverage Archive

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, millennials' favourite sparkling water, which has just arrived in New Zealand.