Thursday night the British High Commissioner, Vicki Treadell invited the four craft brewers that had been to the UK to brew their beer for the JD Wetherspoons International Real Ale Festival. Each brewer was invited to bring the beer they brewed in the UK. The local Wellington brewing community and media were invited and every one happily tasted the beer and whisky on offer.
Stu & Sam from Yeastie Boys were there with the actual beer they had recently brewed in the UK and it was in a cask, being served via a hand pump and was tasting great.
Kelly Ryan was there (but no longer working for Good George, but now at the Fork & Brewer) along with reps from Good George and they had their new Black IPA.
[Brewer claims rare festival slot] – 2013
Luke Nicholas (me) was also at Homewood, with Epic Pale Ale.
I’d like to thank Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner, for organising this gathering, offering her residence and providing the incredible hospitality, it was wonderful evening. She has been a real champion for craft beer, not only here in New Zealand, but where ever she travels. It is a shame her time here in New Zealand is coming to an end, and would like to wish her well on all her endeavours in the future. I hope one day to share another pint of beer with her somewhere in the world.
Unfortunately brewer Ian Ramsey, nor any Galbraith’s Alehouse beers were present.
Its been a while since I was in the UK brewing Epic Pale Ale for the JD Wetherspoons International Real Ale Festival but here are some videos of my adventure in the UK.
Pouring the first pint
Documenting the journey in the UK