with my wife who is here on a scholarship, and I was really excited about trying craft beers from a new country that aren't big names from belgium, UK, germany, etc. (my first time outside the states). I know a lot of hops are grown here and everyone told me they have a young but good craft scene. What I found is 101 takes on a basic pale or golden ale for an insane price tag. 98% of beers I have tried have been super fizzy, light on alcohol, light on hops, and light on taste. For all those who have been here, I know that everything is expensive and they include tax on the price tag, but so much money for such basic beer? $16.99 for a sixer of 4.7% pale ale? $18.99 for a 4 pack of 6.2% "extra strong" ale? God forbid you wanna drink a stout, they must tax the use of roasted barley. Please don't think I'm being that cheap, just confused. Even the super macro stuff is higher priced than some crafts. Also, wine is really good and really inexpensive here, so its not really the alcohol. I have been drinking Cooper's sparkling ale and Cooper's dark ale from Aus. Its bottle conditioned, cheap at $12.99 and really tasty. My whole point of this post is to say that I am so spoiled to be from the US (especially Philly) and I find myself yearning for my old standbys in the dark watches of the night. I know that I cannot compare to someone who moves to a tiny country with only one beer option (called something like CLUB PILSNER BEER), but anyone else feel my pain? Or know any good NZ stuff thats not too high on the price? Someone shed some light! ps. Im in Wellington so PLEASE no one suggest Yeastie boys. Their bottles are like 9oz and about 10 bucks each.