Last year, my first visit to New Zealand and the Beervana festival was a very positive and tasty experience.
Wellington is a craft beer lovers delight, with many diverse and welcoming bars and breweries an easy stroll from either end of town. The popular Beervana festival is a very well organised event and provides excellent insight to the flavour and state of New Zealand beer.
This year, even more Australian brewers and breweries – 15 at current count, from all corners of the country – will be showcasing their beers to the people of Wellington and all those who make the increasingly popular August pilgrimage to Middle Earth.
Beervana allows you to get up close with brewers and hear their stories. Many visitors leave the festival with a fond, if not debaucherous, tale to tell, which always starts with a really good beer.
If you’ve had any passing interest in attending Beervana, don’t delay any further and book your tickets now. [James Davidson]
MEDIA RELEASE – Line up of breweries and eateries announced for Beervana 2014
Once again, Beervana is shaping up to be the premier craft beer event in New Zealand, with a stellar line up of breweries and top eateries presenting craft beer-friendly food at this two day event, held in Wellington in August.
More than 60 breweries from around the country, as well as some from the USA and Australia, will be showcasing more than 250 different craft beers and ciders during Beervana (see list below), held on 22 and 23 August at Westpac Stadium.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the craft brewing industry in New Zealand, with Beervana showcasing some of the best in the country as well as profiling beers from some of the newer breweries to hit the scene,” says Beervana Director David Cryer.
“With the additional element of our ‘Beervana Exchange’, where three award winning brewers will be here from Portland, as well as other events within Beervana such as specialist beer seminars, home brew and media brew competitions and the launch of the New Zealand chapter of the Pink Boots Society, which supports women in the brewing industry, there will be something for everyone.”
To enjoy alongside the brews, Beervana’s Culinary Director Martin Bosley has again gathered some of Wellington’s top eateries.
“I’ve brought together some of Wellington’s best restaurants, ensuring that each provides a sensational variety of food, all different, yet all complementing or contrasting the craft beers available,” says Martin Bosley.
“As the quality of craft beers has improved, so has our understanding of just how important it is to match the food to them. Frankly, this year’s line-up shows just how much craft beer has been embraced by the capital’s restaurants.”
The eateries include: Boulcott St Bistro, Big Bad Wolf, Epicure, Grill Meats Beer, House of Dumplings, Monsoon Poon, The Fire Truck, The Goose Shack, The General Practitioner and Tommy Millions.
Tickets are available at www.ticketek.co.nz
Current bist of breweries at 2014 Beervana
As at 4 July 2014
8 Wired Brewing
Behemoth Brewing Co
Black Dog Brew Co
Brew your own – by Speidel
Bridge Road Brewers
Cassels & Sons Brewery
Deep Creek Brewing Co
Epic Brewing Co
Fiasco Brewing Company
Gigantic Brewing Company
Good George Brewing
Hancock & Co Beer
Hop Federation Brewery
Hot Water Brewing Co
Kereru Brewing Company
Lakeman Brewing Co
Liberty Brewing Co
Moa Brewing Company
Monteiths Brewing Company
Mount Brewing Co
North End Brewery
Panhead Custom Ales
Pink Boots Bar: Mata (Aotearoa); The Beer Baroness (Pomeroys); Two Birds; Pink Boots (USA)/33 Latitude collab
Rocky Knob Brewing Company
Stone & Wood
The West Coast Brewery
Three Boys Brewery
Widmer Brothers Brewing
For more information, visit the Beervana website.