Beer Fest takes over The Cloud

Fun-loving Aucklanders join the celebrations

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 14:40 31/03/2012
Lyle McMahon

A sell-out crowd of 10,000 people are attending this year's New Zealand Beer Festival.

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CHEERS: The New Zealand Beer Festival has showcased the world's best craft beer since 2006.

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Aucklanders have descended on The Cloud for New Zealand's biggest celebration of beer.

The New Zealand Beer Festival has showcased the world's best craft beer since 2006, but this year things are stepping up a notch.

A move to Auckland's waterfront is teamed with more than 70 beers to choose from, plus food and a solid entertainment line-up featuring both musicians and comedians. 

The festival, which marks the end of Daylight Savings and summer, will play host to a sell-out crowd of 10,000, with revellers getting in early to sample the best brews from around the country.

Here's what is on the menu for the New Zealand Beer Festival:

DRINK

It's almost a case of what's not on offer. With more than 70 beers from no less than 20 breweries represented, there is something to suit every taste.  Of course there is a strong local showing, plus a few special international guests.

There are two prices for drinks - $2.50 for a tasting pour or $6 for a full pour.

EAT

Never drink on an empty stomach. That's the rule, right? There's no chance of that here anyway. Whether you want mussel fritters or escargot, hot dogs or ice cream, no-one is going home hungry - and almost everything is under $15.

LISTEN

Nothing says an afternoon in the sun, with a beer and your mates, like The Feelers. The iconic Kiwi band will join Funkommunity and Peter Urlich, along with comedians Jeremy Elwood, Cori Gonzales and friends, as the perfect entertainment line-up.

TIMES

The festival starts at 12.30pm, all bars close at 8.30pm and the lights go on at 8.45pm. The entertainment kicks off at 3pm.

TICKETS

The official line is "get in quick".  There are less than 500 tickets left so head to the official website and grab a GA ticket for $40.

BRING

Bring cash to avoid queues, and only cash and Eftpos will be accepted at the festival this year.  And make the most of the beer garden experience - pop a blanket and sun umbrella in your back pocket. Oh and leave "Shouty Kat" at home - anyone "excessively intoxicated" will be removed from the event.

TRANSPORT

If you are going to drive, be responsible and nominate a sober driver. Otherwise, Britomart is 100m up the road - check Maxx online for bus, ferry and train timetables. 

WEATHER

Now, this is really important - it's meant to be sunny. At this stage.

BEER FEST
Saturday, March 31
The Cloud, Auckland.

More information about the Beer Fest is available on the event's website.

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