Hello and welcome to another issue of Pursuit of Hoppiness.
I don’t set out to have a theme for each issue, but one tends to develop as each issue comes together. This issue has a focus on beer adventures, with Nick Sette’s article on visiting mike’s Brewery in Taranaki and Martin Bennett’s account of a tour of the top of the South Island. There’s also plans and dreams of future adventures, with the new events page and Brian Jordan’s review of World’s Best Beers.
Speaking of events, the biggest one on New Zealand’s beer calendar is drawing closer – Choice Beer Week. Previously known by various names, Choice Beer Week encompasses the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards and Beervana.
It’ll also be when the SOBA AGM is held, which I would strongly encourage everyone to come along to. The AGM is a chance to discuss important developments both within SOBA and the New Zealand beer scene. It’s also when we elect our President and Executive Committee for another year, so if you’d like the committee to represent your views be sure to come along and vote (or send in your vote via email).
Plans for the AGM are still under development, but it is looking likely that it will take place on the Saturday morning, in a location conveniently close to Westpac Stadium (and thus Beervana).
There’s many more events before then though, big and small, close and far away. Whatever your plans, drink good beer and have fun!
Kate Jordan, Editor