We need another $10,000 dollars to fund the editiing of the final episodes of the Mash Up series. Therefore we need to sell approx. 10,000 more bottles. Below people have taken photos of the bottles of Mash Up they have drunk to show there support. We are naming these great people here and thank them for their support. 

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Brent Marquis (Beerginner)
Simon Hurley
Brett Curry 
Glenn Wignall 

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Dux De Lux

From the NZ Craft Beer Journal entry, 22/1/11:

After another late night earthquake, another Christchurch day dawned, albeit a little cooler than the balmy thirty degrees day that we had arrived to. Polar fleeces and jeans donned, our first port of call was the Dux de Lux Restaurant and Brewpub. Running since 1978, these guys definitely know how to crank out a good beer and the brewery was in full swing when we rocked up in the camper. We were met by brewer Paulie Rutledge, a Portland, Oregon native who has been pumping out Dux beers since 1999. The mash for the Black Shag Stout was settled in the mash tun and the first thing that was evident was the size of the brewery. Every conceivable space was packed with brewing vessels and pipework and filters, with an equally small coolroom filled with conditioning and bright beer tanks. 

These guys do something a little bit different in that they do high gravity brewing. This means brewing wort to a higher gravity (amount of original fermentable sugars) and then liquoring/diluting down the finished wort to the correct amount of sugars for fermentation. The reason Dux de Lux do this is related to their equipment and brewery size. Their mash tun can only hold a certain amount of malt grist, so this allows them to get a larger amount of beer than usual on a small brewery.  Paulie enthusiastically filled us in on the brewery and their beers until head brewer and brewing industry legend Dickie Fife arrived. Dickie is a dervish of energy, animated and excited and full of passion and excitement for not only the craft beer industry, but for drink, food and anything New Zealand. His past training as a chef has helped him to develop some great beers, full of flavor and character and as interesting as the man himself. We started off with a taste of their Ginger Tom, an incredibly spicy ginger beer with a great warming aftertaste attributed to the fresh Queensland ginger root that is liberally used in the brewing process. This is the type of beer that would work in either summer or winter. The great thing about ginger is that it can be both refreshing and warming. A great beer.

We then headed into the bar itself and Dickie poured us a Black Shag Stout. The first nitrogen-dispensed beer of the trip and probably the only that is brewed by the NZ craft scene, this was incredibly smooth and rich with lovely hints of roast coffee, chicory and hazelnuts. The finish was long and slightly bitter. You knew you'd drunk this beer and it's a great example of how a nitro-brew should taste. The nitrogen itself helps the beer form a tighter, finer bubble, hence the impression of velvety goodness that the beer had.


Dux De Lux: About

From the Dux Le Lux website

The Dux de Lux has seven permanent brands of beer brewed on site and a range of seasonal beers available. The Dux de Lux motto remains the same . . . “the Natural Choice”.

The Dux De Lux range of beers: 


Dux Lager - 4.0% ABV - Clearing the trail dust from your throat, our award-winning Dux Lager slates the meanest thirst. Crisp, fresh and vibrant, this original Dux beer (on which our tradition of brewing was founded) is easy drinking and great with food - we call it our 'Sauv Blanc of Beers!' This classic golden lager combines citrus hop characters with a full body malt style enhanced by the refreshing clean crisp finish.
Gold Medal Winner & Best Small Brewery Lager, Australian International Beer Awards 1998. New Zealand Beer awards in 2006 received Gold for Best New Zealand Lager

Blue Duck Amber Lager - 4.0% ABV - Feeling a bit feathery round the beak? Enjoy the refreshing taste of this smooth ale as it wings its way across your taste buds. A delightful all malt amber draught with unique body and flavour.
Silver Medal Winner, Australian International Beer Awards 1998, best Draft in show New Zealand International Beer Awards 2001.

Hereford Bitter - 4.0% ABV - Celebrate Oktoberfest every month of the year with this deep and dark Munich lager-style hearty, full malt strength beer. Tantalise your tastebuds with the subtle aromatic dry hop character of this impressive award-winning brew.
Gold Medal Winner, Australian International Beer Awards 1999. New Zealand Beer Awards 2006 received Bronze Medal in English Style Mild Ale Class.

Ginger Tom - 4.0% ABV - This nimble feline pounces on your tastebuds to liven a lazy summer afternoon or warm a winter evening.
Ginger, lemon and honey infused lager with old-fashioned style flavour. Recommended dose: at least one immediately after lawn-mowing!
Gold Medal Winner, New Zealand International Beer Awards 1999.

Nor’Wester Ale - 6.5% ABV - As dry winds parch the plains, try our big taste beer - Grand Champion at the Australian International Beer Awards.
This traditional strong ale combines a smooth English malt complexity with Pacific origin hops, crafted for a truly balanced flavour.
Gold Medal Winner Australian International Beer Awards 1998, overall best beer in show Australian International Beer Awards 2003.

Black Shag Stout - 5.5% ABV - A rich full-bodied dark stout, with a gold medal under its wing. A nutty, toasty bouquet with a creamy, velvet texture.
Judged Gold Medal and Grand Champion Stout of the entire Australian International Beer Awards 1999.