Is it Summer or is it Winter?

Well…  that depends on the hemisphere that you are standing in… I have one final beer recommendation from my time in New Zealand.


DRINK: Monteith’s Summer Ale (yes – the drink matches the glass)

LOCATION: The Kiln in Invercargil, New Zealand (the end of the earth)

I have to give props to The Kiln who had excellent live music.  The guitarist focused on the best of the 90’s so I was pleased.  I sat in the back corner.  I had a complete view of the bar which I thought was one of the best seats in the place.

REVIEWER: Becky Beamer


It’s a summer brew and it’s from New Zealand SO good luck finding it in the US.  If you can’t find it – I recommend just pretending it’s summer for a night and grab a corona with a lime.

The beer is smooth & sweet.  I can taste honey and something spicy.  I can’t quite place it.

I have to admit I cheated and read the description on the bar menu.  The spice is from the nutmeg – yummy.

It’s really good and really easy to drink.

5 out of 5 Cheers.


The Topp Twins — True Kiwiana

FILM: Topp Twins – The Untouchable Girls

FILMMAKER: Leanne Pooley

REVIEWER: Becky Beamer

This documentary is true kiwiana.  If you aren’t sure what that is – I guess you’ll have to watch.  The documentary was shown prime time on NZ Channel 1.  It’s a free channel here in New Zealand.  Actually, this documentary has taken nearly $2 million at the NZ Box Office making it the Top Documentary Film ever released in New Zealand !

Summary:  Leanne Pooley’s documentary – offers a revealing look into the lives of the world’s only yodeling lesbian twin country-and-western singers.

The documentary was shot and composed in a very traditional manner and thus a bit dry.  But, it was watchable because the twins have a good story.  They are unique and special.  I found myself downloading a few of their songs from iTunes.  If you notice them coming to a folk festival near you – most definitely check them out!

The official website and trailer for the movie:


Twins Rule !

3 out of 5 Cheers

b.b  (I may be a Twin)


Where has all the drinking gone?

I must confess — I’m disappointed in myself for not keeping up the “drink” part of the Doc&aDrink name.  It’s not because I haven’t been drinking anything.  In fact – since I’m in a new country (New Zealand) – I’ve been drinking all sorts of new beers, wines and spirit combinations.  Katy isn’t here to review the drinks with me and drink reviews are more fun together.  BUT – the show must go on!

This review goes with my last doc review – American Teen.  Truth be told – I actually watched the movie all snuggled up in bed – on a sunday morning.  So – technically – the movie was paired with coffee. BUT, for the sake of bringing the DRINK back in Doc&aDrink – I paired the doc with a Kiwi Paradise Cocktail.


It’s healthy (2 whole kiwis were used).

It’s easy to drink and looks pretty.

Perfect for the high-school girls.

Correction: High-school girls shouldn’t be old enough to drink at all.

They Should substitute the alcohol for juice.

5 out of 5 Cheers.

—becky beamer

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