Beer fest comes to Kaikoura Seafest
Earthquakes, schmerthquakes! Kaikoura's Seafest is back and will include a bunch of South Island craft breweries this year. "I think the festival could easily be considered a craft beer event," says Emporium Brewing's Paul Finney, "when you consider there is Emporium, Kaikoura Brewing, Concept, Horsebox, Brew Moon and I think Wigram at the event. Plenty of great beers to try and good music, food etc. And it is in Kaikoura which is a wonderful place to be!!". Seafest is an annual celebration of seafood, beer, wine and costumes, and this is the first event after last year's 7.8 quake. This year's event will be held on 7 October - for tickets and more info go here.
Events this week
Golden Mile Brewing Beer Launch - 1pm Friday, The Vines, 193 Rapaura Rd, Blenheim. Come taste Marlborough's newest beer range with free tastings at the Vines Village on Friday afternoon, August 25th from 1pm. The Golden Mile Brewing Co has created a premium, boutique, cycle-friendly beer range, perfect for celebrating that epic New Zealand ride. Marlborough’s first local choice for sessionable, easy-drinking beer.
Mata Brewing Beer Launch +64 NZ Pale Ale - Friday 25 August, Beer Spot, 54 Northcote Road, Takapuna, Auckland. A new brew launch from our Brew Buddy of the Month, Mata Brewing from Kawerau. A new and delicious NZ Pale Ale.
Eagle Brewing's IPA Takeover - 4 pm Friday, Volstead, 55 Riccarton Road, Christchurch. Around the World in IPA's launched at Beervana will now be pouring at Volstead. Six unique IPAs amazingly take on this now global style. Come on down and pick your favorite! Dave, the head brewer, might even give you a hug.
North End: Beer & Cheese Pairing - 6pm Saturday, Craft Hamilton, 15 Hood St, Hamilton. Craft & North End present Beer and Cheese pairing with North End's head brewer Kieran Haslett-Moore. We will be pairing 5 different local cheeses with 5 North End beers! $35 per person. there are limited spaces so make sure you either book through facebook or at the bar!
Events next week
8 Wired Barrel Aged Beers: August Glengarry Craft Club - 7pm Thursday 31 August, Glengarry Victoria Park, 118 Wellesley St, Auckland. 8 Wired recently acquired seven "foedres" (massive oak barrels) allowing them to take their barrel aged and sour beer production up a few notches. We're tasting our way through some of the fine barrel aged beers they've crafted, matched with fine cheese and antipasto deliciousness. It's just a little bit sophisticated, but you can leave your black tie at home, just come ready to enjoy the finer side of beer. Get booking, so you can get tasting!
Battle Of The Beers - Yeastie Boys vs Magic Rock - 5pm, Thursday 31 August, Ms White, Queen Street, New Plymouth.
National Sculpin IPA Day 2017 - New Zealand Wide, 1-2 September. Ballast Point Brewing Company and Beer Without Borders are bringing National Sculpin IPA Day back for the third year in a row. This year sees the brand new limited release, UNFILTERED SCULPIN IPA, join the original Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Habanero Sculpin & Pineapple Sculpin on taps, on the same day, all over New Zealand
Brewed Second Edition Launch: Wellington - 5pm 18 September, Hashigo Zake, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington.
Brewers Guild Conference & Trade Show - Friday 6 October, Christchurch
Brewers Guild Gala Dinner (aka BGONZA Night) - Saturday 7 October, Christchurch
Kaikoura Seafest - Saturday 7 October, Kaikoura (pretty much all of it)
City of Ales - Saturday 14 October, Maritime Room, Quay Street, Auckland. Showcasing the best of what Auckland has to offer, with over 24 individual beers matched with a fantastic tasty menu. For the first time in Auckland's City of Ales history we are doing things a little different. Expect to be dazzled by Taite Prize finalists, Hopetoun Brown, who will be roaming the City of Ales Festival as you buzz from beer to beer. The Supergroove horn section will be stomping around with a very special guest, multi-instrumentalist Finn Scholes - arguably the finest trumpet player in the country.
2017 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival - 11 November, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. We’re turning five! And you’re invited to come and help us celebrate… Saturday 11th of November we'll be turning on some good old southern charm and welcoming you back for another round of goodtimes. Every year we strive to bring you a bigger, broader and bolshier range of goodies, and this year will be even more special being our fifth birthday. This is the ultimate friends-family-fiends day out - lock it into your calendars.
South Island Beer Festival #11 - 25 November, 87 Ilams Rd, Christchurch. There'll be all the usual things you've come to expect: a variety of great beer from around the island, a selection of awesome food vendors to keep you fed, and a laid-back atmosphere in the Ilam Homestead and surrounding gardens.
Events next year
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2018 - Saturday 27 January 2018, Hagley Park, Christchurch. Join us to sample 300+ craft beers and ciders from a selection of NZ's best craft breweries! Plus taste your way around the wares of the best food trucks in town and get down to the sounds of some great live entertainment.
Wellington Winter Ales Festival - 2pm Saturday 2 June 2018, Hunter Lounge, Wellington