Beverage Archive

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #71: The bonkers mini golf bar Holey Moley

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey goes to the opening of Instagram's most hotly anticipated mini golf bar.

Is this New Zealand’s best pale ale?

Alice gives her verdict on an award-winning beer, and Henry dives into to a juicy Californian chardonnay.

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #70: The new Nippy’s iced coffee

Emily Writes tries a new super-sized version of a classic flavoured milk.

Dietary Requirements: God bless American food

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff's new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

Hey UK brewers, cultural appropriation is not cool

New Zealand hops are hot property in the beer world, but some overseas breweries' tone-deaf homages to Aotearoa are causing offence. 

Garage Project’s DFA: a controversial beer, reborn

This week, Alice welcomes new beginnings for a beer that has had its ups and downs, and Henry enjoys a smokin' hot sav blanc bargain.

Beer and Wine of the Week: King of the hoppy 8 percenters, and a rosé outlook for summer

This week, Alice is smitten with a seasonal twist on an old favourite, and Henry happily quaffs a Provençal rosé. 

Should you microwave your wine in winter? A Spinoff investigation

After reading advice urging him to microwave red wine during the winter, Hayden Donnell angrily takes on New Zealand’s entire wine community.

Grape(fruit) expectations: Announcing the hoppy arrival of a very special beer

Six weeks ago, through a haze of blood, sweat, tears and citrus, a grapefruit IPA was born. This week, it’s finally time to introduce Juicy Tart to the beer-loving public.

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #67: Scrumpy, the people’s cider

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Don Rowe gets out the duct tape and cracks into a bottle of Scrumpy.

Beer and Wine of the Week: A milkshake of a beer and a wine variety you’ve never tried

This week, Poland comes to Warkworth, Portugal to Hawke's Bay, and Henry Oliver drinks it all up.

In our hour of mead: The happy return of an ancient beverage

By rejuvenating the world's oldest alcoholic drink, the founder of Lone Bee Mead hopes to breathe new life into our regions.

Why is Coca-Cola still selling a racist drink called Kia-Ora?

The offensive ads may have been confined to the annals of history, but the 100-plus-year-old cordial is still around, and still wrong on many levels.

Beer and Wine of the Week: A chocolate fantasy land in beer form, plus a pizza-lovin’ malbec

This week, our intrepid reviewers combine two great passions: beer and chocolate for Alice, wine and pizza for Henry.

Great white: Meet the unsung hero of New Zealand wine

Chenin blanc is one of the most versatile grapes around, and it makes some truly excellent wine. New Zealand is an ideal place to grow it, so why is so little being produced here?

Still life: Meet the Ukrainian nuclear engineer making spirits in Puhoi

In an unassuming spot just outside of our biggest city, exacting standards and secret methods are producing some of the smoothest spirits you’ll ever try.

Beer and Wine of the Week: A smokin’ hot pilsner and a refined rosé that’s not a rosé

Alice Neville enjoys a crisp pilsner with a pleasing chilli kick, while Henry Oliver joins Reese Witherspoon in singing the praises of a pastel pink number from Central Otago.

Beyond sushi: why you should be drinking sake with pizza

Auckland sake sommelier Wayne Shennen is on a mission to spread the gospel of the oft-misunderstood Japanese tipple.

Beer and Wine of the Week: A dragon ale from Kāpiti and a near-perfect pinot gris

Alice Neville tries a multifaceted, dragon-inspired Belgian beer from Waikanae, while Henry Oliver opts for a full, fragrant and ever-so-slightly funky pinot gris from Waipara. 

Out of the wild brew yonder: Why weird beers are the new normal

Did you know that all kinds of weird and wonderful shit floats about in the night sky, and you can make beer with it? If you’re into wine, you’ll probably be …

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.