Archive for October, 2007

Lifetime of FREE BEER for Laptop

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Croucher Brewing Company of New Zealand is  offering a reward for their stolen laptop containing company information.  The reward to the person that returns the laptop will consist of one dozen Croucher Brewing boutique beers per month for the rest of their life!

Here is a post from the Croucher Brewing Company website:

Our brewery was broken into the night of Monday 15th of October, and the company laptop was stolen. The laptop had lots of info about our business that is important to us, but of no real value to anybody else, as it wasn’t exactly the latest technology laptop.

So instead of sitting on our hands hoping against hope that it would be found, we decided to offer a reward… if someone finds the laptop and returns it with all files and data in-tact and as it was, we will supply that person with one dozen Croucher Brewing boutique beer every month for the rest of their life! That is not a typo.

It has been a rollercoaster few weeks, which has included being named Emerging Business Of the Year in Rotorua, and the birth of Nigel’s son. We are emotional wrecks!!

The amount of interest in our plea has been fantastic, and has allowed a devastating event to have a silver lining with the good wishes of people far and wide. Thank you.

Anyone with info can email us on

Cool Beer Bottle Trick Video

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Try this bar trick next time you are at the bar or pub. You might even be able to get some free money or a free beer as you surprise your friends.


Rugby World Cup Semifinals and Your Favorite Bar or Pub

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

The 2007 Rugby World Cup Semifinal matches are only days away.  I can’t think of a better reason to visit your favorite pub or favorite bar to cheer your team to victory.

On October 13th, England and France will battle at the St. Dennis, France field. France has won 4 of the last 5 games against England, but that doesn’t mean this one will be an easy win for France. The second on the semifinal matches follows on October 14th as Argentina takes on South Africa in St. Dennis.  Argentina will be playing not only to move to the 2007 Rugby World Cup Finals, but to also break an 0 for 5 losing streak against South Africa.

Now what could make these games better? Having a beer with friends while watching games of course.  Actually there is one place that is better to see the game than your bar or pub 2007 Rugby World Cup Tickets.

So no excuses, grab that beer and yell and cheer until there is nothing left!


Welsh pubs find smoke ban tough

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Written by: Ewan Turney

Trade at community wet-led pubs in Wales is around 20% down in the first six months of the smoking ban, according to the Wales Licensed Victuallers Association.

John Price, secretary of the LVA in Wales, who also runs The Bush Hotel in Blaenclydach, Rhondda said he was losing around £1,000 a week.


“I am hearing a similar story from our members,” he said. “Trade seems to be about 20% down and some pubs have even cut down on opening hours during the week.  

“They should have let us have a smoking room as a compromise. There are also rising costs and we have lost our business rate relief. It is very hard times. I think a lot of pubs will close unless something is done.”


Philip Lay, retail director of Welsh based brewer and operator SA Brains said the poor weather had had a bigger than the smoking ban. “There have been no major surprises,” he said.

“The poor weather has made it difficult to judge the impact of the ban. We had a great April but May to July were poor and the weather was a big factor in that.

“The encouraging thing is when the sun has shined, people are still coming out.”



He added: “The biggest change for us has been the trade mix. In March 26.5% of trade was food sales, now it is 31%.”

Lay believes the real “interesting period” is just about to begin with the onset of winter.

“This is when we will see what the impact is on the smaller tenanted businesses,” he said.

“It is definitely tougher in the community pubs.”

However, Wales chief medical officer claims the ban has saved over 200 lives already.

The All Wales Smoking Cessation Service’s report published today shows a 20% increase in people asking for help to give up smoking since the ban came into force on 2 April.

“The ban will help to cut the number of deaths from second hand smoke,” said Dr Tony Jewell.

“Every year an estimated 400 premature deaths of non-smokers will be averted by the ban.

“Early monitoring results show a dramatic improvement in the quality of indoor air in the premises surveyed.”



Only 25 fixed penalty notices have so far been issued for breaches of the ban.