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Beervana 17-18 August

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by spicelab, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (460) Australia Nov 6, 2009

    Any Aussie BAs heading over this year?


    I'm really keen, but not enough to go solo.
  2. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Advocate (615) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    After the 3 days with you and MrKennedy there I think that is a bad idea............for my liver:D
    Malthouse is off limits to me:)
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  3. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (460) Australia Nov 6, 2009

    Ah, but this is only two days.

    Just time enough to line the stomach.
  4. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (745) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    I'll be there with a friend from 16 to 19 August. Volunteering for one session, attending two others and looking forward to plenty of time at Hashigo Zake and the Malthouse.
  5. Yep, just doing the morning sessions so it leaves the evening's free to see the sights beer bars of Welly.
  6. You should still try to get over for it. It'll be a blast, and there's plenty of good beery folk to cross paths with over a few days.
  7. barls

    barls Aficionado (185) Australia Nov 15, 2006

    im heading over. should be fun.
  8. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    So how was it this year for the BA's that went?
  9. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (460) Australia Nov 6, 2009


    Went to the Friday and Saturday night sessions. Friday night was freakishly packed - unverified estimates of $3,000 people, but it thinned out in the last hour.

    Also went to a seminar by Richard Emerson (of Emerson's) which was quite entertaining and worth the extra cost.

    Top 5 beers were probably:
    - Hallertau Funkonnay
    - Liberty C!tra (particuarly the free pours!)
    - Feijoa lambic (forgotten who did it. Harringtons? gilks can help me out here
    - Garage Project Pernicious Weed
    - 8 Wired Bumaye.

    Food was also a cut above what you normally get at a beer festival.

    Plenty more good brews at Hashigo Zake and Little Beer Quarter.

    Good to finally meet Mr barls in person, and to discover he's another ex-navy BA, along with joecast.
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  10. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    Bumaye, a 17% Imperial Stout on wine barrels?!?!
  11. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (745) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    Very, very good time. Generally agree with spicelab on best beers being:

    Hallertau Funkonnay (notes similar to Tilquin Gueuze but with some additional fruit notes that added interest)
    Liberty C!tra
    8wired Festivus 2012 (Feijoa Lambic)

    I also really liked the Garage Project Ziggy's Carrot Cake (sprayed with orange oil to accentuate the fruitiness). Bumaye was good but I think that was more so due to the intensity than anything else. Mike's Coffee Vanilla Porter was excellent. Hallertau Barrique Fermented Saison was also very nice.

    I was lucky enough to work the 8wired stand with Soren for one session which was great too. I don't think I've seen a beer as in demand as the Bumaye at the time we tapped it.
  12. joecast

    joecast Advocate (580) Australia Jun 30, 2003

    Yeah, sorry about that. We're everywhere ;)

    Sounds like it was a good event. Those NZers don't mess around when it comes to beer. Gives me another reason to visit someday.
  13. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    sounds really fun guys
  14. barls

    barls Aficionado (185) Australia Nov 15, 2006

    it was awesome.
    ran it to 3 people i knew before clearing customs.
    my favourites
    liberty citra
    liberty yakima monster
    mike sour strawberry