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January 13, 2011

Our Best of 2010 Survey... The Menu... Supermarket Beer... Comings and Goings...

Our Best of 2010 Survey

Last week we announced our Best of 2010 Survey, in which we invite you to identify your favourites from the beers we poured on tap last year. Its main purpose was to amuse those of you sitting alone in your office while your colleagues remained at the beach, but it seems to have caught on better than expected and participation has been high.

But we're assuming that many of you would have been oblivious when we announced it last week so we'll take submissions for another week.

To take part, follow this link:

We'll announce the survey's findings next week, along with a few juicy factoids gleaned from sales reports for 2010 coming out of our till system.

The Menu

A month ago we proudly announced the re-skinning of our website to bring it in to the 21st century. Well the Entertainment and Technology Division of Hashigo Zake International has stayed active and we can now announce Version 2.0 of the bar's own electronic menu.

If you thought the arrivals board was mesmerising, wait until you take in the new version.

Supermarket Beer

Perhaps you've wondered how one little Wellington bar could possibly have the turnover to justify bringing container loads of rare beer from American breweries. We wondered too, although the way kegs of Sculpin and Victory at Sea are getting drained it's easy to see how a container could be emptied.

But the fact is some of our recent shipment is destined for outlets other than Hashigo Zake and the Cult Beer Store. For instance Island Bay New World have been stocking a few of our Rogue imports for several months and have just started stocking Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic.

If you'd like to be able to source some of our extraordinary imported beer from your own local supermarket, feel free to whisper our name in their ear.

Comings and Goings

We're delighted to have both Shiggy and Rei return from exhausting fact finding trips to their native Japan. Shiggy in particular went to a lot of trouble to establish more contacts in the Japanese craft brewing scene and made a moving pilgrimage to the Baird Brewery.

Over the coming months some of our other imported staff will be touring the South Island. We're confident that the South Island's brewpubs and craft beer bars will be better for it.


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