In the last edition of Pursuit of Hoppiness I made an embarrassing and regrettable mistake.
The issue has been resolved amicably and to the satisfaction of all parties and at their request we’re not going to mention it again.
The whole thing didn’t reflect well on myself nor the magazine and potentially showed the industry in a bad light.
As a result I’ve been reflecting on what it is we do at Pursuit and how we best should do it. The magazine is a proud supporter of the industry and tries to inform and entertain readers who care about beer.
Rigorous debate is part of that but we shouldn’t lose sight of values such as compassion, kindness, inclusiveness – we can have fun and fight over beer styles without being negative and dissing people.
Strong opinion and healthy cynicism are important but we should always look to build up rather than tear down.
If we slip from that position – remember to keep us honest by contacting us and letting us know what you think. On that note, from time to time I get asked if we have a letters page – the answer is yes, when we have letters. So don’t be afraid to let us know your thoughts – we’ll always want to publish them.
Right, back to this issue. As you can see from the cover, this issue is a special one – we’ve partnered with Beervana too bring you a Road To Beervana guide and we hope it helps with your planning towards New Zealand’s biggest beer festival.
In staying with the “Road” theme we’ve got stories from all over the country in this issue – from Oamaru, to Christchurch, to Wellington, to Kerikeri in the Far North.
There’s a wrap of recent awards and a new section focusing on new release beers.
I do hope you enjoy the big read.