In a rise reminiscent of the wine industry, the rapid development of the New Zealand beer industry has been remarkable. There are now more than 70 serious breweries producing beer for sale. Every brewery in the book is introduced, with tasting notes for each of their beers, and a rating our of 10. In addition, there is also a photo of at least one bottle or label from each brewery. The author has also written a succinct history of beer in New Zealand, along with chapters on how beer is made, how to taste it and an overview of the brewing industry today.