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

Garage Project bartender serving beer

In recent years, a slew of breweries and brew-pubs have popped up, including Choice Bros, Whistling Sisters and Garage Project's Wild Workshop on Ghuznee Street, Fortune Favours on Leeds Street, Heyday at the upper end of Cuba Street, Parrotdog in Lyall Bay and Double Vision in Miramar.

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 2019 Garage Project beer taps

And let's not forget Beervana 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.

Jos Russell, Garage Project

ED Garage Project Jos Russell

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