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Beervana is undoubtedly the biggest event on the New Zealand craft beer calendar.  The organisers have announced that tickets for will go on sale from 1 June 2012.  Now in its 11th year, Beervana will be held at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on 17 and 18 August 2012, with two sessions running each day.  There will be more than 200 beers available, food from top restaurants and cafes, and twenty beer appreciation seminars. 

General admission tickets will cost $40 and include $8 worth of Beervana tokens, an event programme and branded tasting glass.  For the first time, there will be three new premium ticket packages:

Food & Beer - $64 - General admission ticket plus a seat in the exclusive one-hour food and beer matching seminar hosted by me (who the organisers graciously call a ‘leading beer writer’) and featuring the culinary skills of one of Wellington’s top chefs.  Celebrated chef and noted oyster eater Martin Bosley is again the festival’s culinary director and he will be appearing in several of these sessions.

Ultimate Experience - $75 per person, minimum group of five at $375 – enjoy a behind-the-scenes brewer-led tour prior to gates opening: all the benefits of general admission plus a one-hour private seminar including a tutored tasting with a leading New Zealand brewer, food and beer matching with a Beervana chef, and tips on how to get more from your beer drinking experience.

Home Brewing Masterclass (Saturday 18th, 10.30am – 2.30pm) - $75 – this interactive Masterclass, led by the always colourfully trousered Stu McKinlay of Yeastie Boys, is an opportunity to learn from one of New Zealand’s most innovative brewers about the secret to making captivating, flavourful, new world beers.  It also includes admission to the early session on 18 August (session 3).

Festival director David Cryer said “as New Zealanders have become increasingly passionate about craft beer we’ve found Beervana attracting a very diverse audience.  We want to make sure the event gives every visitor an experience they value, and that they can’t get anywhere else.  Whether you want to sample as many rare and special brews as possible, discover the secrets of beer and food matching, or learn about the art of brewing, Beervana 2012 will deliver.”

Tickets are available from starting 1 June.  The Beervana website ( will be continually updated as more details become available.

Neil Miller 

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