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The Hoppening

The beloved annual celebration of sun and suds (of the crafty variety) that is The Great Kiwi Beer Festival returns for another epic afternoon and evening in Hagley Park this month.

With a well-earned reputation as being the country’s largest outdoor beer festival (and some – in fact, us – would say the best), this epic afternoon and evening dedicated to the nation’s favourite amber liquid is heaven for hopheads. It’s celebrating its 6th year, and lucky punters get to navigate more than 300 beers and ciders on tap from 35-plus breweries ranging from big names like Monteiths, Mac’s, Tuatara and Peroni to craft beer faves such as Three Boys, Epic, Emerson’s and Panhead and down to smaller but still heavy-hitting local operators including Raindogs, Beer Baroness, Eruption Brewing and Two Thumb – you’ll find old favourites as well as plenty of brand new and limited edition and festival special brews to try.

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There’s a massive range of beer styles on offer, and it’s only a shame that it’s impossible to try them all! The festival has also become synonymous with sweet New Zealand music; this year’s line-up is looking like no exception, being set to feature the Kiwi icon/national treasure that is Dave Dobbyn (see our interview with Dave on page 38) and local hardworking musical heroes The Eastern (see opposite for our interview with frontman Adam McGrath), as well as Sola Rosa, Swamp Thing, and Assembly Required. But it’s not all about sampling delicious beers while listening to killer tracks from epic bands – there’s also the chance to further your education with the cooking demonstrations and beer seminars on offer at the city’s favourite beerstravaganza.

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival
Sat Jan 27

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