The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Beervana is back!

New Zealand’s premier festival of beer Beervana is back for another year on 9-10 August 2019.

This year sees over 70 local and international breweries, 20 Wellington food vendors, and a plethora of entertainment on tap for the beer-loving masses for two days at Westpac Stadium.

We’re welcoming three breweries from the United Kingdom as part of the Beervana Brewers Collaboration Programme: for the first time Fierce Beer (Scotland), Tiny Rebel Brewing (Wales) and Thornbridge Brewery (England) will be collaborating with Epic Beer (Auckland), Liberty Brewing (Rivershead) and Fork Brewing (Wellington), respectively to create a beer especially for Beervana.

Also for the first time, Beervana features two social enterprise breweries in the line up: The Independence Collective and Misfit Brewing. The Independence Collective supports those living with disabilities to gain financial independence, and Misfit Brewing works towards restoring clean water sources in New Zealand and the wider Pacific. All profits from both breweries go toward supporting these causes.

2019 sees the return of popular breweries, including Sprig and Fern, Epic Beer, Mussel Inn and Townshend Brewery, as well as new breweries, including Ranger Beers, Maiden Brewery and Wilderness Brewing, Shining Peak, Volstead Brewing and Searchlight Brewing.

Beervana Manager, Ryan McArthur, says as New Zealand’s premier celebration of beer, Beervana aims to tell the story of the nation’s brewing industry, the beers and people who drive it.

“From the largest to the smallest brewery, Beervana provides a platform for breweries to tell their own stories and showcase their beers and people to the biggest crowd of good beer drinkers in the country,” he says.

“From the newest of breweries on our New Kids on the Block bar to social enterprise brewing to the big independents to the even bigger corporates, the story of New Zealand beer involves them all.

“With our UK Brewers collaboration, we showcase Kiwi beer in the context of the global good beer revolution.  Bringing some of the world’s finest brewers to New Zealand to collaborate with our local brewers is a wonderful way to create international relationships and share our beer story with the world… and throw the best damn beer party in the country”.

The lead up to Beervana includes Road to Beervana, with beer-related events and celebrations all over the country, including a road trip in which the UK brewers travel down the North Island on their way to Beervana.

Tickets for Beervana can be purchased at