Beervana changes hands

Beervana 2015The ownership of New Zealand’s largest craft beer festival, Beervana, has shifted from Cryer Malt to the Wellington Culinary Events Trust Inc. (WCET), the organisation that runs Visa Wellington On a Plate.

The nine-year old beer festival, which runs during Visa Wellington On a Plate every August, features over 60 breweries with approximately 200 beers showcased to 10,000-plus punters and trade who visit the two-day event.

Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of WCET says it made perfect sense for the organisation to buy Beervana.

“Visa Wellington On a Plate serves up the best food and drink the region has to offer, and craft beer is a big part of what makes Wellington a culinary hot spot. There’s a growing thirst for craft beer with the category growing at 25% per year[1] and the majority of that growth is being driven by Wellington brewers.

“Beervana is a cornerstone event of Visa Wellington On a Plate and we’re really keen it continues to stay a big part of it. It helps bring more than $3 million[2] into the capital during the festival but it has the potential to be even bigger and better.”

David Cryer says he’s delighted to be passing over the Beervana reigns to WCET.

“Beervana really started to take off when it became part of Visa Wellington On a Plate. Our visitor numbers have risen considerably since then and will only grow more as the craft beer industry continues to strengthen.”

“It’s become a major event that takes hundreds of hours to organise and the time was right for me to move aside and let someone else take charge. WCET is passionate about the event, industry and has the structure to ensure Beervana’s continued success.”

Beervana will run this year from 14 – 15 August at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

 

[1] New Zealand Craft Beer Industry, ANZ Bank, August 2014 (https://bizhub.anz.co.nz/media/2431529/craft-beer-industry.pdf)
[2] Beervana Economic Impact 2013, Wellington City Council, September 2013

Day 13 – Beers of Auckland – Epic Imperium

Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014
DAY 13 – Imperium by Epic Brewing Company

Epic Imperium Day 13BOTTLE: Imperium
BREWED: Steam Brewing Company

ABV: 9.0%
HOPS: Fuggles, Chinook

It got to 6:30pm this evening and all of a sudden I remembered the Advent Calendar. It was a huge day at the Lumsden Freehouse yesterday. Thanks to everyone that come along to have a beer with us for our 9th Birthday, it was a really fun day. Once again my Spotify playlist was a bit of a hit, even if I was only allowed to play my 2pm to 4pm choice of tunes. I even had someone subscribe to the playlist during the day. I have embedded yesterdays list on the side bar.

So a lazy day, lead to a lazy beer choice. As each day passes I think more and more about Alice Galletly and the massive undertaking she did with her blog Beer For A Year. I have only just passed half way on my 24 day endeavour, yet she did this for a whole year. Hat off to you Alice, I don’t think anyone realises what you achieved, I am only just starting to gauge how massive your undertaking was.

Unfortunately I haven’t brought home my stout glass, so just used a wine glass instead to appreciate the aroma, which has hints of mixed spice and Christmas cake. (I put the bottle in the freezer for 30 mins before opening just to get a chill on the beer).

On tasting the beer, the roast and bitterness dominated, and came across as being a bit young (this is the 2014 Vintage Ale). It isn’t an Imperial Stout like many people think or expect , but more of a foreign export stout. As it warmed the malt became fuller, but it really needs another 6-12 months before that maltiness is going to work with the bitterness, and the fruity hops will back off a bit. This beer has done well in awards this year winning a couple of gold medals.

For dessert this evening there were some fresh blackberries, blueberries and Whittakers Dark Chocolate with Almonds. I tried each separately with the Imperium, and BOOM!, the blackberries were an incredible match (chocolates and blueberries didn’t work so well). The blackberries became joyously spicy with the black berry goodness, and the beer became more malty and chocolatey (without eating the chocolate). I would have never have guess these two would have worked so well together.

Alice Galletly with a flaming marshmallow as part of the brewing process for the Beervana Media Brew in 2012
Alice Galletly with a flaming marshmallow as part of the brewing process for the Beervana Media Brew in 2012

 

 

 

Craft Beer in Auckland

#craftbeer, #auckland, #newzealand, #lumsdenfreehouse #epic9 #adventcalendar

These links might help you find out what is on tap around Auckland

https://twitter.com/TapHunterAKLD
http://auckland.taphunter.com/location/
https://twitter.com/NowPouringAKL

Craft Beer Auckland

Auckland Sky TowerSome weeks get really busy and I have trouble keeping up with everything beyond my little world of beer.

The following are tabs I have open in my browser (which need to be closed) so I am storing them here, to refer to and maybe comment on later.

AUCKLAND CRAFT BEER TONIGHT

Epic Hot Zombie & Hop Zombie Launch 5pm-7pm Brew on Quay

Yeastie Boys Spoonbenders Launch  – Galbraith’s Alehouse

8 Wired Flat White Launch – Vultures Lane

This seems to be more common now. two or three venues having cool craft beer events on a Friday in Auckland. #CraftBeerAuckland

New Beervana Trade Show

Westpac Stadium from 2pm to 4pm, on Thursday 21 August…. the afternoon before Beervana opens to the public, is for the brewing industry, retailers, restaurants, bars, caterers, media and others wanting to develop their business with the brewing industry, with the aim of increasing trade for New Zealand brewers both here and in Australia.

 

These are dark days, indeed

“I don’t like dark beers”.

Starting this Friday The Malthouse will host its annual two-day Darkest Days event.

A celebration of dark beers, some of the highlights include Epic’s biennial  stout, this year named Imperium, the always-amazing Three Boys Oyster Stout and another San Diego offering – Stone 2013 Espresso Russian Imperial Stout.

No, you won’t like them all but if you’re a dark beer virgin this is the place to start.

 

Help shape Auckland’s alcohol policy

Submissions open Monday 16 June and close at 4pm, Wednesday 16 July 2014.

ShapeAuckland.co.nz

 

Craft beer is a culture, not a craze

But for all of the excitement our love affair with craft beer is still in its awkward adolescent stage, with much fumbling at clasps, enthusiastic – and sometimes clumsy – experimentation and occasional disappointment and regret. In our teenage years of beer discovery, we often find ourselves drawn to the enigmatic bad boys who will break our heart, or the hottie whose short skirt distracts us from her inability to carry a conversation, or at least their beer world equivalents.

 

Brewing up a storm at new beer festival

Eckhard says the event aims to showcase home brewing and 10 home brewers from the Nelson Tasman region will have their beer at the celebration – (wow, slow news day Nelson?)

 

JED.IPA Beer Launch

Sweet name for a beer.

 

Gorgeous Gale’s lost for want of a gyle

In the last few years Speight’s eight remaining kauri gyles have once again fallen into disuse, but Lion continue to maintain them and has expressed a desire to keep them in working condition on the off-chance they may be once again brought out of retirement – perhaps for special one-off or limited release brews.

 

Society of Beer Advocates City of Ales Festival 12 July

When: Saturday 12 July 2013; Two sessions 1) 12pm- 3pm 2) 4pm-7pm
Where: The Floating Pavillion, Gate 1, Hobson West Marina, 220 Quay St, Auckland
How much: $35 per person
What: 2 complimentary sample glasses of beer and a plate of food, with the option to purchase more beer

 

FRESH HOP – Epic Fresh Hop 14 Ale

Tomorrow is the big launch day for the Auckland Brewers Fresh Hop Beers. #freshhop14

I will be at The Lumsden Freehouse from 5pm Thursday 24th April for the launch of the Epic Fresh Hop 14 Ale. The Lumsden Freehouse will also have on a keg of each of the 12 different Fresh Hop beers. This will be a good place to start your adventure into Fresh Hopped beers.

Each brewery made a different sized batch so they will all last varying amounts of time. Unfortunately Epic only made 8 kegs so I don’t imagine it lasting long. All the beers used Waimea hops, so they should all have a similar hop character. That will be interesting as there are many different styles of beer, but the same hop variety.

Here is a fun video, which has footage from the brew day. Not sure if I could have said the word “hops” any more times.

Below is a list of the bars and the breweries beers they will have on. Best you get out and try them all as quickly as you can as they are best fresh, and won’t last long.

 

Andrew AndrewEpic Beer
The Block CaféBen Middlemiss Brewing
Brew On QuayEpic Beer
Brothers BreweryBrothers Brewery
Conch Kitchen & BarHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
The CrownThe Little Empire Brewery
Deep Creek Brewing Co.Deep Creek Brewing Co.
Coast- Bites and BrewsDeep Creek Brewing Co.
Didas Wine & Tapas LoungeGalbraith’s Alehouse
Freida Margolis8 Wired Brewing
Galbraith’s AlehouseGalbraith’s Alehouse
The Golden DawnHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
Hallertau BreweryHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
The Lumsden FreehouseEpic Beer
Malt BarHallertau Brewery/ Liberty Brewing Company Collab
No.1 Queen St Café & BarLaughing Bones Brewing
No.1 Queen St Café & BarBen Middlemiss Brewing
Parnell Bar & GrillEpic Beer
The Shakespeare Hotel and BreweryShakespeare Brewery/ Bach Brewing Collab
Sky Sport GrillBen Middlemiss Brewing
Sky Sport GrillLaughing Bones Brewing
Szimpla Gastro BarBen Middlemiss Brewing
Tahi Bar8 Wired Brewing
Three Lamps Bar & EateryShakespeare Brewery/ Bach Brewing Collab
Three Lamps Bar & Eatery8 Wired Brewing
Vultures’ Lane Craft BarBehemoth Brewing Company
Vultures’ Lane Craft BarLaughing Bones Brewing
Wild on WaihekeWaiheke Brewery
You can also fill your own at the following.
Fill Your Own Growler Stations (Variety of Brews from above)
Liquorland Newmarket
Liquorland Howick
Glengarry Victoria Park
Glengarry Jervois Rd
Glengarry Grey Lynn
Glengarry Kingsland

Home Grown Hops

 

24 HOURS IN THE HOP FIELDS (Part 1) – #freshhopnz14

Monday was a super early start, flying to Nelson. Out to NZ Hops. Lunch a the Moutere Inn. Hop farm visit (huge thanks to Peter for taking time out of his day during harvest to show us around the hop gardens, the kiln, and of course his brewery and the sampling of his beers). Checked out Liquid Alchemy (everyone seemed to really enjoy the Gin, and great to see what Fritz and Maria are up to),  then some beers and dinner at The Free House. With so many photos, I thought it would be easier to upload a small gallery, than write about each moment of the day. (another gallery will be uploaded as part two, which will include the non-hop related photos). (videos to follow also)

This photo, and this link gives you a list of the brewers involved in the Auckland brewers Beervana Fresh Hop mini festival. Beers will be brewed in the next week, and the launch date for the festival is 24th April
#freshhopnz14 Auckland brewers

Thought it would be fun to include this video below. Kelly Ryan and myself actually visited Peter and his hop gardens in 2011 during the NZ Craft Beer TV filming. It was awesome to see how much the gardens have grown with new plantings.

ADDED 12 March 2014

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BEERVANA – Fresh Hop 2014

Today a bit of time was spent on planning the coming, I guess you could call it mini festival for Fresh Hops. David Cryer organizer/owner of Beervana is putting together an event which involves all the Auckland craft breweries.

What’s it all about? Fresh Hops. Hops that haven’t been dried or processed in any way.

Hop Flower
“So what”, you might say. Well Fresh Hops straight off the bine are way more aromatic. So making a beer with these hops means you have a way more aromatic beer. Yummy.

To make this even cooler a group of the Auckland brewers involved with this are heading down to Nelson next Monday, 10th March. We are going to be visiting NZ Hops who will explain how the hops will be harvested and then packed for shipping to Auckland overnight. Then we will head out to the hop fields where the hops we will be using are growing. Here we will be able to talk with the farmer and pick, rub and smell them. (oh yeah, we are going to capture this on video so you can follow along on the journey too).

 

 

 

 

 

Hop Cones
A week later, after harvest we will all be brewing with our fresh hops, to all make a unique beer using freshly picked Waimea hops. The only thing in common all these beers will have is the same hop variety.

Since many of the other details are being finalised I’ll finish it at that. Other than saying if you are in Auckland pencil out the evening of the 24th April.

#freshhopnz14