Crafty brewers lap up praise at beer fest
Brewing beer is like a love affair for Christchurch's David Reynolds, who debuted his craft beer at Dodson Street Beer Garden's Summer Beer Fest on Saturday.
A crowd of 320 punters enjoyed a selection of more than 30 brews and some great jazz music at the event, at the beer garden in Blenheim.
Mr Reynolds said he was excited to share his beer, Longbeard Blonde, with beer lovers.
He had been brewing for four years but before that he was an architect in Australia.
"I just wondered if I could brew a beer as good as anyone else and realised you had to love the job you have."
Since then, he hasn't gone back - brewing is his life.
"I've made a mess in our kitchen for about four years."
He said the atmosphere at the craft beer festival had been great.
Longbeard Red will be his next craft beer release, with more to follow.
"Brewing is a love affair."
Beer festival organiser and Dodson Street owner Dietmar Schnarre said the beers were all different from those served at past events.
"It's kind of a challenge and some of them are rare brews," he said.
"I needed something new, something fresh."
He and his staff had a taste test the night before the festival, to make sure the brews were all up to scratch, he said.
"They were all rated above 7/10."
Mr Schnarre said his favourite beer was Renaissance's Marlborough Pale Ale.
He was happy with the turnout.
"What's here today is a combination of good food, good music, good craft beer and good company."
The Marlborough Express