News, events and new releases 19 December

By BeertownNZ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 National

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Entries are now open for the 2017 New World Beer & Cider Awards. Breweries, large and small, are encouraged to enter and compete in this unique celebration of great beer and cider from New Zealand and around the world. Best in Class winners of the 2017 Awards will be guaranteed distribution in 133 New World stores nationwide. We want to give the best brewers in the business a chance to stand out from the crowd and get their beers and ciders in front of a whole new audience who might not have tried them before. Entries close on the 13th January 2017. All details can be found online.

We have winners! Sean Kelly of Rotorua wins two Beer Hunting Season Tickets to Mt Maunganui’s Beast of a Feast on Tuesday 3 January, valued at $70. Beast of a Feast is the newest food, craft beer and music festival to hit Mount Maunganui this summer, a rockstar lineup of some of New Zealand's best breweries and street food vendors provides the perfect setting for you to acclimatise to a new year. And Shonelle Eastwood has won the double pass, valued at $70, to the Queenstown Summer Beer Festival on Saturday January 14. The inaugural Summer Beer Festival brings together an exciting selection of local and guest breweries as we showcase New Zealand's growing craft beer scene amongst the stunning backdrop of Queenstown. Congratulations Sean and Shonelle, have a great day out from Beertown.NZ!


Events this week

Black Dog/Beertown Kilikiti Pasifikale launch & Official Beertown.NZ Christmas Do - 4pm tomorrow, Black Dog, 19 Blair Street, Wellington. Come and try Beertown's first collaboration brew, and have a chat over a beer with the Black Dog team.

A drop while you shop - 4pm tomorrow, Craft Beer Depot, 70 Achilles Ave, Nelson. Come along to CBD and taste some great American Whiskeys. Craft spirits, made with passion, from Few Spirits, Dry Fly Distillery, Koval and Mississippi River. 

BorderStop Popup Xmas Beer Store - Friday 23 December, 24 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington

Sawmill Christmas Party - 23-24 December, Vultures, Vulcan Lane, Auckland. Its Christmas Time and the last day of work for a lot of you, so come celebrate with us & The Sawmill Brewery at Vultures on Christmas Eve Eve. We have got our hands on a keg of their very limited Christmas Ale and will be pouring a few other delicious ales from these fine folk. Plus a few Sawmill goodies to give away to spread the Christmas joy. To top it off Logan Richmond will be onsite dressed as Santa so you can sit on his knee and tell him what you want for Christmas. As always heaps of free wings and other treats. Let's make it a merry old night!

Kegs for Kaikoura - 24 December, Two Thumb Brewing, 352 Manchester St, Christchurch. A fundraising beer festival to raise money to support the Kaikoura region! Seventeen Canterbury breweries will be represented on the day, with all proceeds going to support the Kaikoura regions recovery. There will be plenty of beer and variety, take away riggers will also be available for that last minute gift.

Later events

Beast of a Feast - Tuesday 3 January, Soper Reserve, Mt Maunganui. Beast of a Feast is aimed at celebrating the sweeping popularity of craft beer with a select range of brewers offering beers that cater for the reserved to the adventurous. The feast element is without a doubt a beast with a focus on meat that has either been cooked over flames or locked away and smoked within an inch of its life. All done with the purpose of honouring the perfect synergy between meat & beer!

Queenstown Summer Beer Festival - Wednesday 14 January, Memorial Centre sports field, Queenstown. This one-day event will showcase 6 local breweries from Queenstown and Wanaka as well as others from outside the area: Garage Project, 8 Wired, Tuatara, Renaissance, Zeffer and more.

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2017 - Saturday 28 January, Hagley Park, Christchurch

Twisted Hop Cider Festival - Saturday 11 February, Twisted Hop Pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

New Zealand Homebrewers Conference - 24-26 March, Founders Park, Nelson

MarchFest Nelson - Saturday 25 March, Founders Park, Nelson

GABS Auckland - 16-17 June, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

Beervana 2017 - 11-12 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington


New releases

Black Dog/Beertown Kilikiti Pasifikale (5.2%) – Kilikiti is the rambunctious Pacific Island interpretation of traditional cricket, all the fun without the stiff upper lip, lavalavas instead of white flannels. Our Kilikiti Pasifikale is Pasifika summer interpretation of the traditional pale ale, driven by the tropical fruit notes of New Zealand Kohatu hops, and with an underlying hint of spiciness. Ready for summer and best consumed within a kilometre of the ocean. 

By BeertownNZ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 National