The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Beervana returns to Wellington this August

New Zealand’s premiere festival of Good Beer, Beervana, is returning to Wellington on 13-14 August.

Held over two days at Sky Stadium, it brings local and international breweries together under one roof to showcase their brews to 16,000 people.

It is the only beer festival in New Zealand where breweries can get extensively creative and dramatic with their exhibitor stalls and brewers let their imaginations run wild, brewing festival beers, created especially for Beervana, and unlikely to be poured elsewhere again.

As well as some of Wellington’s best festival food from its top restaurants and food trucks, Beervana also showcases hard seltzer, natural wine, ciders, mead, and also includes an annual homebrewers’ competition in which homebrewers are challenged to recreate specific beers from breweries – then the brewer has to pick their own beer out of the homebrewers’ line up (Beat the Brewer).

“Beervana always has a surprise just around the corner,” says Ryan McArthur, Beervana Manager. “The venue is a massive concrete doughnut, and as you walk along the concourse of the Sky Stadium, the festival is one big reveal.

“More than 75 beer and culinary exhibitors will be in attendance at Beervana, with more than 60 of those being brewery, beer, homebrew or other drinks stalls, including a mix of both new and long-term returning breweries,” he says.

Eight new breweries will be making an appearance: Cowabunga Brewing (Auckland), Derelict Brewing (Rangiora), Rhyme and Reason (Wanaka), The Beer Engine (Porirua), The Occasional Brewer (Wellington) The Emporium Brewing (Kaikoura), Three Sisters (New Plymouth) and Buzz Club Mead (Hawkes Bay).

And with the Trans-Tasman beer bubble opening up, Australian breweries Boatrocker (Victoria), Range Brewing (Queensland), and Mountain Culture (New South Wales) will be attending.

Beervana tickets are on sale now. For more information click here.

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