Wellington is the capital of craft beer

In the beginning, there was beer, and it was good. But then a bunch of Wellington beer lovers decided they could do it better. And so began the craft beer revolution.

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More recently, a slew of other breweries and brew-pubs have popped up, including Double Vision in Miramar, Fork and Brewer on Bond Street in the CBD, Whistling Sisters, a family-run brew bar on the corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki, and Heyday Beer Co, at the far end of Cuba Street.

With so much to choose from, it can be hard for punters to negotiate their way through Wellington's craft beer maze. Thank goodness for the Craft Beer Capital self-guided trail, a kind of speed date with 16 craft beer bars, eight craft beer breweries and four bottle stores that stock the finest local brews. Handily divided into north and south, most of the sections can be tackled on foot (there's always the bus if you need it).

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Beervana people drinking beer

And let's not forget Beervana, the two days of each August when around 15,000 people descend on the Capital for the biggest event on New Zealand's beer calendar. One of the most popular fixtures of Visa Wellington on a Plate's annual food festival, Beervana offers drinkers the chance to see beer brewed on-site, meet the makers, learn the finer points of home brewing, and feast on seasonal dishes matched with specially selected beers.

As a wise man once said, 'craft breweries are where Wellingtonians go to be happy'.

When we started there was no brewing happening in the city, that has changed greatly with an ever growing list of breweries operating in the city.

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