Beer festival tickets selling fast

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 10:54 29/01/2014

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If you haven't got your ticket to the new Summer Beer Festival then you will need to hurry, with all 300 expected to sell out well before the event on Saturday.

Dodson Street Beer Garden owner and festival organiser Dietmar Schnarre says that everything is in place for the celebration of good beer, food and wine.

"Everything is set to go and most of the tickets are sold already," he says.

The new festival was announced in November last year, just after two Marlborough beer festivals, Blues, Brews and BBQs and Summer Beer Fest were canned.

While the new festival bears the same name, Dietmar has designed it to be more exclusive, and more about the beer and food combinations.

"I love these things, I love it when people get to try new flavours and experience how different food and beers go together," he says.

Adding to this atmosphere of the strictly R18 event, will be live jazz band Mr Music Trio from Nelson.

"I want to combine good beer, with good food and good music, and I think jazz is the perfect music to go with it."

Renaissance Brewing CEO Brian Thiel and head brewer Andy Deuchars will give a brewer's talk in the Renaissance brewery next door to the beer garden. Dietmar hopes that the festival will be a platform for those new to craft beer to build an appreciation for the wide varieties on offer.

The festival will feature beer from not only Renaissance but fellow Marlborough craft breweries 8 Wired and Moa as well as 10 other craft breweries from around New Zealand.

"These will be the best beers that New Zealand has to offer," Dietmar says.

Food will feature almost as prominently as the beer, he says, with a complimentary buffet of Mexican food as well as spit roast pork included in the $50 ticket price.

Ticket holders will also be greeted at the door with a complimentary pint of craft beer or glass of wine on arrival.

The festival will begin at 4pm and run until 11pm. Tickets may be difficult to get hold of but call 03 577 8348.

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- The Marlborough Express

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