Had my first day at Green Man yesterday. Pretty uneventful morning. Met the staff. Tom, Jeremy, and Enrico the Brewmaster. My jobs for the day were limited to stocking a van to go on a sales trip, and hauling malt sacks up a staircase. Later in the day, after I had travelled about looking for a job, I realized something about the country.
New Zealand seems to have a fairly large number of breweries per capita. There seems to be a well developed culture of producing interesting flavorful small batch beers. The beer drinking culture of the country, however, does not seem to be at the same level. I would imagine that as craft brewed beer becomes more plentiful that New Zealanders will catch on and start drinking more of the beer produced around the country.
Oh and I got a fair amount of free beer from the brewery. I will post reviews of the beer in the coming days.