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Beer pong is a course requirement

by Hadyn on July 10, 2012 in Beer

It can take an educated palate these day to make your way around beer in these parts. The proliferation of craft beer bars means that at some point you’re probably going to be taken to one and then asked: What do you want to drink? At this point it will pay to know your ales from your lagers, and having a vague guess about what the seemingly random letter in front of “IPA” stands for.

The Craft Beer College can help you.

Partnering up with our favourite underground beer bar, Hashigo Zake, the Craft Beer College (@craftbeercoll) will be running five classes, called “Introduction to Beer”, between now and December. Each “class” will be a tasting of eight beers from New Zealand and around the world.

Introduction to Beer will start with Beer 101 for those keen learn more about the basics of craft beer.  The tastings will then take participants through a journey of malt, hops and yeast.  They will culminate in a pub quiz-style, blind-tasting, Craft Beer College “Exam”.  All participants who “pass” will receive a Craft Beer College certificate of achievement to hang on the pool room wall at home.

The tastings are the first Saturday of every month at 2pm, down in Hashigo Zake. Bookings can be made by emailing or by calling +6421 204 3632.  Or you can book at Hashigo Zake.  If you book and pay for the series of all six classes in advance, you get a 10% discount.

And! As a sweetener for our readers, if you book and pay for nine people to go to the Beer 101 course and mention the Wellingtonista, you’ll only pay for eight.

Class Date and time Cost
Beer 101 Saturday 4 August, 2pm $35 per person
The Miracle of Malt Saturday 1 September, 2pm $35 per person
The Pathway to Hoppiness Saturday 6 October, 2pm $35 per person
The Beast that is Yeast Saturday 3 November, 2pm $38 per person
Craft Beer College “Exam” Saturday 1 December, 2pm $38 per person

Cost of all tastings with 10% when booked and paid in advance:


Hadyn Green

Hadyn Green was New Zealand’s first rugby podcaster. Since then he has moved on to… um… podcasting about rugby AND other sport. Hadyn is easily recognisable by his hate of idiots.

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Craft Beer College July 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

And, we now have Beervana tickets to give away…One set for a lucky person that joins us at Beer 101 on 4 August, another for someone that “likes” us on Facebook between now and 10 August. We are excited about sharing the beer-love.


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