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

  1. spicelab

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    Any Aussie BAs heading over this year?

    http://beervana.co.nz/

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

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    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

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    Ah, but this is only two days.

    Just time enough to line the stomach.
     
  4. dgilks

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    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. nate2g

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    Yep, just doing the morning sessions so it leaves the evening's free to see the sights beer bars of Welly.
     
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    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.
     
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    im heading over. should be fun.
     
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    So how was it this year for the BA's that went?
     
  9. spicelab

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    Unreal.

    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

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

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    sounds really fun guys
     
  14. barls

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