Beer news, releases, events & jobs 13 February

By BeertownNZ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 National

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Zeffer Cider seeking crowdfunding

North Auckland cidermaker Zeffer is seeking to raise crowdfunding through Snowball Effect. The launch, which is listed as 'Coming Soon' on Snowball Effect's website, is "to support continued growth in New Zealand and offshore markets". Zeffer currently holds a significant market share of New Zealand boutique cider production, and is widely distributed nationally. Zeffer Brewing Ltd is listed as having eight private shareholders. Renaissance used Snowball Effect for two successful crowdfunding campaigns, and last year ParrotDog raised $2 million in less than 48 hours through another crowdfunding provider.

Greater Wellington Brewday

Greater Wellington Brewday has moved closer to town and will be at Trentham Racecourse, Upper Hutt, this Saturday. Previous events were held in Martinborough, Wairarapa, and organisers say the new site is larger and has better access, with a railway station at the very gates to the venue, and $12 return special event train tickets from Metlink. Sixteen Wellington-area brewers, cidermakers and liqeuristas will be attending, with food available from 11 vendors. Tickets ($45) are still available as at Monday morning here.

Tiamana/Wild&Woolly Brewery for sale

Looking for an established commercial brewery in the Craft Beer Capital? Tiamana Brewery is expanding into contract brewing, while Wild&Woolly's Llew Bardecki is off travelling. The brewery, on a flat industrial site in Mount Cook (Wellington), has a capacity of 800L in a double brew. The package includes an established brewery that meets Council and Excise requirements, an on-going lease, and all brewing equipment from the grain mill to a bottling machine and kegs. Options to purchase or lease. Go here for more details and contact information.


New releases

Fork Brewing Charlie Extra Pale Ale (4.3%) - Flavour: Initial clean, biscuity malt character with good mid-palate weight and a mixture of white peach juice, pineapple, papaya and lemon balm. Finishes light and dry (as a bone??!). Aroma: Green papaya, Starfruit, Cape gooseberries and pink guava. Look: Extra pale! Hops: Australian 035, Australian Galaxy, American Citra. IBU: 25. Malt: Lager Light, Flaked Barley. Yeast: Fork House Strain – Warm fermented. Available at Fork & Brewer from Wednesday.

Forecast Cider Gusty in Exposed Places (5.5%) - A funky gusty brew made from 100% Cox Orange Pippin with a medium dry yeasty finish.  Best served in a warm gale.  Available now in 375ml bottles.

Behemoth Punching Session IPA (4.5%) - Loaded with Wai-iti, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin hops, massive juicy flavours and aromas but sessionable as! Available now from Beertique.

Yeastie Boys White Matter sessionable white beer (3.9%) - It's been five years since Gunnamatta was released, and as a nod to our best-selling beer we're throwing around the Earl Grey confetti! White Matter is a supremely sessionable white beer, full of oats and wheat, with the floral tones of the Earl Grey Blue Flower.Brewed for the annual Brothers Beer Session Ale challenge and available now from Beertique.

Sunshine Brewery Nah Yeah Brew American Wheat Beer (4.5%) - Loaded full of Citra, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin Hops


Events this week

Cider Tasting with Scoundrels and Rogues - 6pm Thursday 16 February, Beer Library, 363 Colombo St, Christchurch. Calling all cider-loving scoundrels and rogues! You won't want to miss our first ever cider event on Thursday 16 February at 6pm. We are particularly excited to have the evil genius behind Scoundrels and Rogues Craft Cider with us on the night to guide you through the tasting. Get your tickets now at the link above ...with only 30 tickets available, it would be an offense not to.

Greater Wellington Brewday - Saturday 18 February, Trentham Racecourse, Upper Hutt. Brewday is back for 2017 with a new, larger venue close to Wellington city and easily accessed by train. Indulge in the best flavoured brews found in our crafty region and relax to great sounds from our live bands with entertainment, competitions and more! Enjoy some seriously delicious food, beer, cocktails, mocktails, sodas, and ciders. Earlybird tickets: $45, General admission: $55 Get your tickets today from

South Island Beer Festival #10 - Saturday 18 February, Ilam Homestead, 87 Ilam Rd, Christchurch. And we're back for the 10th edition of the South Island Beer Festival! Mark Saturday the 18th of February on your calendar because we'll be serving over 30 of the South Island's finest beers from 12 midday until 6pm, and you don't want to miss out. The entry fee is $40 which, as well as admission, gets you the festival glass and a ticket for five beers. Each pour is a half pint or 284mL. You can also buy further beer tickets for $25 for 5. The event is door sales only. 

Nelson Wine & Food Festival - Sunday 19 February, Middle Earth™ Winery, Bryant Road, Brightwater. Party away your Sunday afternoon with the Rotary Club of Richmond! 

Later events

Palmy Tasting Series Nordic by Nature & The Germanic Fantastic - Tuesday 28 February, Celtic Inn, Regent Arcade, Palmerston North. With a lineup of new beers from our favourite Viking brewers To Ol plus beer from the Germanic Fantastic, Freigeist & The Monarchy we're kicking our 2017 Palmerston North tasting series off with a bang. and because it's we skipped January we're super sizing this one with 9 beers!

Chow & Tipple - Cambridge Food, Beer & Wine Festival - Saturday 4 March, Cambridge Memorial Park, Victoria Street, Cambridge, Waikato. 

Wellington Wine & Food Festival + Craft Beer - 10-11 March, Waitangi Park, Wellington. The Wellington Wine & Food Festival will return again on the 10th & 11th March 2017, back on the Wellington Waterfront

Kegkoura craft beer festival 2017 - Saturday 11 March, 140 Highway 1, Kaikoura. Come to Kaikoura and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at this fantastic venue with amazing views of the beautiful Kaikoura coastline. With an awesome selection of craft beers from around New Zealand, great food options and chilled music we hope this will be an event you will come back to year after year. Kaikoura is open for business, and we would love to see you here. There are plenty of accommodation options and other attractions open so why not make a weekend of it. Visit for more details.

Sourfest 2017 - 17-20 March, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Place Wellington. 

The Funky Weekend - 18-19 March, Funk Estate brewery, 3/402 Great North Rd. Grey Lynn, Auckland. We're having a couple of open days at the Funk Estate Brewery. Come along on both Saturday and Sunday to check out our space, and enjoy some sun(hopefully), beer and food. We'll even have a cheeky band kicking off in the early evenings. 1pm-late both days. See you at the Funky Weekend!

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

MarchFest Nelson - Saturday 25 March, Founders Park, Nelson

Mountain Ales 2017 - Saturday 1 April, New Plymouth Sports Fishing Club, Ocean View Parade New Plymouth. The third installment of Mountain Ales brings you 10 breweries (almost all new to the festival) and more than 20 beers plus the usual great catering. Get in quick - this event sells out.

Craft Beer Fair - Saturday 1 April, Plimmerton School, Porirua. Due to popular demand and unprecedented success Plimmerton School are hosting another Craft Beer Fair!! 11 breweries and a homebrewing competition.

Fresh Hop NZ 2017 - Saturday 22 April, various venues, Auckland

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

Smiths NZIPA Competition - 22-24 June, Smiths Craft Beer House, Queenstown

A Mid-Winter's Ale Festival - Saturday 1 July, Rolleston Community Centre, Christchurch. Showcasing some exciting craft beers and delicious ciders from breweries around Canterbury and the North Island as well as a handpicked selections of beers from overseas. We also have an exciting line up of live entertainment throughout the afternoon plus some awesome food options to match with the amazing line up of beers and ciders. Ticket sales will be available from the 1st of March...

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


Beer jobs

Packaging supervisor, Panhead, Upper Hutt

We are looking for a dynamic leader that will show leadership in your work area and support those around you. This role is to make sure the great beer produced by the brewers makes it into pack format without degrading the quality of the beer or the presentation of the product. Applications close 19 February.

Inwards/Outwards Goods, Panhead, Upper Hutt

This role exists to make sure the dry goods required to make great beer makes it to the brewers and pack teams in tip top shape and the finished brew, produced by our brewery mechanics, makes it to the thirsty masses on time.

Keg delivery driver, Tuatara, Paraparaumu

Reporting to the Production Manager and serving as an integral member of the Production Team, you will be responsible for filling and dispatching kegs nationally as well as delivering to our local loyal customer base. This includes stock control of the kegs, filling and cleaning as well as assisting customers with product information and applying a bit of kiwi ingenuity when they need help with their lines or kegs.

Warehouse assistant (part time), Hop & Vine Distribution, Christchurch

This role must ensure our customers receive the highest quality service through the on-time delivery of our product. In addition, the role manages the day-to-day inwards goods and placement within the warehouse.

Head brewer, Eagle Brewing, Christchurch

Eagle Brewing NZ is a growing micro brewery based in Christchurch Canterbury. We produce a wide range of beer styles and have recently started to delve into sour, aged and barrel aged beers. We are currently investigating opportunities for brewery expansion over the next few years to allow increased production to meet demand. We self distribute nationally in NZ; do most of our own sales work and have recently invested in a small packaging line onsite.

We are now looking for a head brewer with a minimum of 12 months experience in brewing commercially to join our small team and help us grow to the next level and beyond. The position is full time with overall responsibility for meeting current and future demands as our sales continue to grow.

Maintaining inventory of raw materials and finished product, continuous improvement of current range and development of new diverse beers is also part of the role.  We envisage a long term position so NZ residency or citizenship is preferred with possible benefits being offered for long term commitment to being part of our future for the right person. 

The brewery is very manual with little automation so the applicant must be physically fit and have no existing medical condition which will impede his or her ability to carry out their duties. Basic knowledge of brewery glycol systems, mechanical and electrical maintenance plus a current alcohol managers license is an advantage. A valid driving license for manual vehicles and an F classification is desired.

The position is vacant now with a starting date as soon as practically possible. Remuneration is negotiable. All applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eagle Brewing NZ, PO BOX 8359, Riccarton Christchurch 8440. Closing date Friday 17 February.  

Part-time Brewery Assistant, Stainless Brewing, Christchurch

This is an entry level position that will initially be approx 20 hours per week. Brewery experience would be helpful but is not essential. This position has a the possibility to grow into a full-time position for the right person over time. Applications close 17 February.

By BeertownNZ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 National