Craft brewers line up at Drylands

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:50 29/01/2013
Andy Deuchars
Derek Flynn

Taste, not volume: Renaissance head brewer Andy Deuchars, left, and Dietmar Schnarre

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The second Summer Beerfest, to be held in Marlborough on Sunday, is for people who like quality, not quantity, the organiser says.

Drylands Restaurant owner Dietmar Schnarre said he was not sure how many people to expect at the festival after about 1000 turned up last year - more than double the number planned for.

He hopes a similar number of beer lovers will come to the event at Drylands Restaurant, which features the same seven breweries as last year.

Brewers from Renaissance, Moa, 8 Wired, Dales, Brew Moon, Sprig & Fern as well as The Mussel Inn and Sherrington Grange Cheeses will be available to answer questions from enthusiasts.

Renaissance head brewer Andy Deuchars said the event showcased beer rather than drinking.

"It's for serious beer drinkers, here for the quality of beer, not the quantity," he said.

This was the third beer festival Mr Schnarre had organised, including the 2012 Winter Beerfest.

The $10 refundable glass had worked well at the previous events and people would be able to hire their glass outside and use a portable eftpos system.

Entertainment for children, including a bouncy castle, would be available, and light music would be playing throughout the day.

But Mr Schnarre said the emphasis would be on tasting beer, not listening to music.

"We want people to come and taste the beer on offer and still be able to drive home."

Beer will be sold in 200ml wine glasses. Entry is free and people buy their drinks as they go. The event runs from 11am until 7pm.

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- The Marlborough Express

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