While it might feel like the summer festival season has come to a grinding halt there are a bunch of smaller-scale events popping up to help support those breweries affected by these cancellations.
Beervana is a creative playground for both brewers and beer lovers - brewers get to pour their crazy, eclectic, flavourful concepts for beers into a glass, and beer lovers get to drink said frothy concepts. It can get a little cray-cray. Literally. Last year, there was a Crayfish Gose.
Over the last few months, alongside many of you, we’ve watched the global beer industry come to terms with its dark side and New Zealand has not been left unscathed.
So when Pink Boots were looking to step up their presence at Beervana this year it only made sense for us to offer not just the annually donated stall, but combine it with our Social Enterprise Brewing stall to give Pink Boots and its collaborators the space to elevate the conversation with festival goers.
We were soooooo close to welcoming our Aussie mates back to Beervana this year and with Kegstar we’d been working on bringing four breweries and their brewers to New Zealand.
Unfortunately with Aussie in lockdown and the bubble suspended, the brewers can’t be with us but surprisingly we’ve managed to get their beer onto a ship and straight to the festival.
To celebrate these beloved Kiwi breweries turning 10 this year, Beervana threw 10 questions - one for each year - to Parrotdog, Garage Project and Cassels Brewing, who will all be celebrating their decade milestones at Beervana 2021.
Every year Beervana showcases a beer lover’s paradise of breweries from the big players to the small, local microbreweries, from the founders of “craft” to the Bintani new kids on the block.
To help the newer and smaller breweries making their way into the New Zealand industry. Beervana welcomes them to the festival to introduce them to 16,000 beer drinkers by providing the stand, buying the beers to pop on tap and inviting the Bintani New Kids On the Block breweries to come and pour to the Good Beer drinking public of New Zealand.
We chatted to Deep Creek’s Brand Representative, Scott Taylor, about the brewery’s plans to celebrate it’s milestone 10th birthday at Beervana in 2021 at Stall Tahi, as well as looking back on the brewery’s very first Beervana, its early days as a small brewpub in Brown’s Bay, and Scott’s former life as a model in the 90s.
If there was ever a weekend to be into great beer and mind-blowing food, it’s the weekend of 13-15 August, when Beervana returns to Wellington’s Sky Stadium on 13-14 August and coincides with Visa Wellington On a Plate for a culinary weekend that is sure to draw foodies from all corners of the country.
Whilst you’re planning your summer of doing absolutely sweet FA, have a trawl through our picks of Kiwi beers, which we’ve paired perfectly with those particular days in which we collectively kick back as a nation - the stat holidays.