Nelson: One beery blonde moment

Resisting the urge to use both hands, I am grasping a slender and statuesque glass brimming with a golden liquid named Straw Beery Blonde.

Like a chocolatier in an abattoir; a land-lubber all at sea, I am so very far out of my comfort zone.

Tiny bubbles languidly rise in pearly streams to the surface of my Straw Beery Blonde. Like champagne. Only, this is beer.

“Go on – come over to the dark side,” one of the organisers of Nelson’s quarterly beer fetes, Mic Dover, had urged me a few weeks earlier.

“Craft beer is the new wine.”

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NOTE: tomorrow is the 4th Nelson Beer Fete, Friday June 27th 2008 at Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, from 5 to 10.30pm. For More

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