A person holds a tool applying smoke to the top of a pint of red and yellow beer at Beervana 2023, a beer and food festival in Wellington New Zealand.

Wellington’s Sky Stadium will be getting hoppy this August. Beervana will roll out the barrels for a celebration of the craft. The festival is known for its eclectic mix of local and international beers, promising an experience beyond your ordinary pint. 

This year, Beervana hosts the largest gathering of international breweries post-pandemic. The two-day event will host over 50 participants. Joining the party, Germany’s Schneeeule will introduce Kiwis to their revival of the Berliner Weisse style. Australian favourites like One Drop Brewing also return with a taste of Sydney. 

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Local breweries aren’t far behind with over 40 joining in on the fun. Duncan’s Brewing Co. is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Liberty Brewing will transport attendees back to the 1920s with a prohibition-themed stand. Altitude Brewing, whose Croquembouche Pastry Stout took home last year’s top honours, will also be back. 

The festival’s creativity spills over into the stands, with breweries competing for the ‘Best Stand’ title. The honour is voted by attendees. Past festivals have seen everything from secret dance halls to alpine gondolas. 

It’s not all about the beer, there’s a festival’s worth of food, too. Boulcott St Bistro’s whitebait fritters and Mahurangi Oysters return. New treats like Ansum Pasty Company’s handmade pasties will debut. 

Tickets are available from 12 June. There are fan passes for multiple sessions and exclusive ‘Meet The Brewer’ sessions to learn more about the industry. 

Get ready to raise your glass with thousands of over avid beer fans across the weekend at Beervana 2024.

Upwards angle of a hand holding a glass of boba beer in the air with Beervana logo on glass.