Dom George is the on-air producer for The Country.

Dom 'Furious' George - rugby, 'rasists' and beer

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I had a great weekend drinking beer and watching sport. I feel like ending here but I'm required to write at least a few hundred more words, even though some might laud the fact I'm considering folding like a Black Caps batsman.

The All Blacks elevated themselves to a new plane of existence where they actually make watching one-sided sporting contests compelling; that's a unique part of the sports stratosphere to occupy.

If you can produce a master-class in spite of intense off-field drama then I'd encourage more broad daylight public fornication in uniform.

Actually, it probably helped they were away from New Zealand - they left Smith to cop the heat for his own misjudgement and cast it aside like a used prophylactic.

Then the All Whites played Mexico and went down 2-1 in a result which surprised pretty much everyone, given the hidings they've been dealt by the Mexicans in recent times.

Road to Russia anyone? So some great rugby, some good football and then, later, some great beer.

It was purely coincidental I chose to indulge in some of Tuatara's Sauvinova - a single hop pale ale made with Sauvin hops from Nelson. It's a brewing triumph.

When I came back to work on Monday morning I caught up on my Aaron Smith and despaired at the spelling graveyard that is Twitter (a University of Virginia Professor tweeted 'black lives matter is the biggest rasist organisation since the clan', following Tyson Fury's crack at the 'medea' last week), before coming across the news Tuatara Brewing was named New Zealand's first two-time Champion Brewery at the Brewers Guild NZ 2016 Beer Awards.

Their story, like many of the boutique breweries we're blessed with, is a top little yarn.

Founded by Carl Vasta on his farm in the hills of Reikorangi above Waikanae in 2000 and, again like so many, borne of frustration at the lack of variety available and knowledge of what beer is like in other parts of the world, Vasta turned his hand to brewing his own.

From 1,000 litre batches in the beginning to now being able to produce 8,000 litres two to three times a day, Tuatara has literally become iconic.

I interviewed him in the wake of this latest accolade. He was understated in that classic rural Kiwi way, although I did detect a certain amount of pride in this award, widely regarded as the best we have.

He contemplated the future and promised to keep making great beer no matter how far down the road they travel from that point where his business partner Fraser McInnes saw all those tuatara's staring up at him on the back of scores of five cent pieces when he was literally counting his pennies.

Tuatara now exports it wares to Australia, Britain, Ireland, Scotland, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia and is becoming a major international player.

I'm quietly delighted yet mildly disgruntled at the individual award for the Sauvinova, judged the nation's best pale ale; my palette is obviously on point, but like the discovery of a great book or a song I thought it's as though the secret is now out...

I keep getting interrupted by email alerts from Facebook; Aaron Smith is back on the agenda. This time the amateur filmmaker is apologising for causing so much pain to all and sundry, especially himself.

Outraged responses flood in and people vent in a manner that casts a bleak shadow over the nation's English curriculum. I wonder if they'll blame the rasist medea?

The All Whites play soon; I think I'll sit down with a beer and watch. Cheers Carl.

- The Country

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Dom George is the on-air producer for The Country.

Dom is Jamie Mackay's reluctant sidekick and long-suffering verbal punching bag. When he's not being abused at work he's being abused at home by his wife and kids. His cheery disposition is further enhanced by the fact that he has to get up at 4 am every day to host The Country Early Edition on Radio Sport. (5-6 am Tue-Sat). Tune in...if you dare.

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