A brewery on every corner? Sounds amazing.

This article predicts the beer version of “a taco truck on every corner” and we at Northern Brewer couldn’t be happier. Our own HQ is based smack dab in the heart of one of the greatest beer cities in America, according to Thrillist. And knowing you’re never too far away from amazing, local beer is, we can attest, really good for the soul. Not to mention, strike up a conversation with just about anybody, and you’ll find out they’re somehow linked to either beer and brewing, or simply a die-hard, knowledgeable fan. Surly, Summit and Dangerous Man are just a few of our local favs. Read the full article here

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Beerhive Blog: Hyper-local – the death of national and international brands

In the first of our summer guest blogs, Yeastie Boys co-founder Stu McKinlay muses on how every neighbourhood could soon have its own brewery.

Yeastie Boys benevolent dictator Stu McKinlay believes the number of small breweries will continue to grow.

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Yeastie Boys benevolent dictator Stu McKinlay believes the number of small breweries will continue to grow.

OPINION: The beer world is changing. After decades of most countries’ brewing scenes being dominated by a few players, we’re seeing a major explosion in the number of breweries.

This is not just a New Zealand phenomenon, nor is it a western hemisphere one; it’s happening from South America to Asia, from Europe to Middle East.

Initially this happened in one or two countries, with the United States of America really leading the way from the late 70’s and early 80’s. What we now call “craft brewing” was then known as “microbrewing”.

There were dozens of breweries in New Zealand and Australia that are now little more than distant memories, faded pages in old books. Some, like Mac’s, succeeded.

Stu really does seem to like ringing bells.

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Stu really does seem to like ringing bells.

In a few countries these ventures were aided by government interventions, such as United Kingdom’s progressive beer duty (where breweries producing under 500,000L per year only pay half of the alcohol excise tax).

The big players tried to fight this rising consciousness of better beer by importing, and then brewing under licence, so called “premium beer”.

Beers like Stella Artois, Beck’s and Heineken. And, of course, by buying those microbreweries that were the most successful.

Wellington now has several small breweries selling mainly to locals. Pictured is brewer Kelly Ryan of Fork Brewing.

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