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Continuous Ferment

We are very pleased to be giving away a copy of Greg Ryan’s book ‘Continuous Ferment’, to our GrownUps members.

All you need to do to enter the draw is be a GrownUps member, make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter and fill in your details near the bottom of the page!

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About Continuous Ferment

The story of Aotearoa from Speights to Parrot Dog and beyond.

Since the first brew by Captain James Cook and the crew of the Resolution at Dusky Sound in April 1773, the story of beer has been deeply intertwined with the history of Aotearoa – from the early settlers’ prodigious consumption of golden ale to the 6 O’clock swill, from the domination of Lion and DB to the rise of craft beer, from prohibition to the ‘Black Budget’.

In this remarkable story of New Zealanders and beer, Greg Ryan tackles the big questions: ‘Why did people drink and did they do so excessively by contemporary international standards? What did people drink and in what circumstances? How did tastes change over time? What role did brewers and publicans play in the community other than as dispensers of alcohol?’

Richly illustrated, astute and entertaining, Continuous Ferment is both a fascinating analysis of New Zealand’s social history and a book for anyone with an enthusiasm for malt and hops, barrels and bottles, ales and porters.

Continuous Ferment is a significant contribution to New Zealand’s social history – and it is also a book for beer drinkers and afficionados. They will be surprised about the long history of IPA and its relationship with the East India Company. They will note with interest the absence of a strong home brewing tradition in nineteenth century New Zealand. They will learn a lot about big business and brewing, and feel vindicated that they like craft beer and home brew. I feel sure that many will raise a glass as they enjoy this full-bodied account of a very important part of our history.’

– Professor Caroline Daley, The University of Auckland


Greg Ryan is a professor of history and proctor at Lincoln University. He is the managing editor of the International Journal of the History of Sport and a Fellow of the Australian Society of Sports History. With Geoff Watson he is author of Sport and the New Zealanders: A History (Auckland University Press, 2018) – winner of the Australian Society for Sports History Book Award 2019.



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    1. You must be a GrownUps member and receive our newsletter to be eligible to win.
    2. Competition closes on the 29th November 2023, winners will be notified via email by 1st December 2023.
    3. It is your responsibility to ensure you correctly enter a New Zealand postal address where the prize can be couriered. GrownUps will not take responsibility for prizes sent to incorrect addresses.
    4. Winners are drawn at random by the GrownUps administration team.
    5. GrownUps employees and family are not eligible to enter.
    6. By entering the giveaway, you approve for GrownUps to use your name on social media as winner of the competition.
    7. One entry per household.
    8. Prize is non transferrable.
    9. You must reside in New Zealand – the prize will only be posted within New Zealand.
    10. You must be over 50 years of age to enter, check your details are correct in your membership dashboard.