Crafty brewers lap up praise at beer fest

Brewer David Reynolds and wife, Malene Reynolds-Laugesen enjoying his home brew at the Dodson Beer Fest.
Brewer David Reynolds and wife, Malene Reynolds-Laugesen enjoying his home brew at the Dodson 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.

Emily Walker and Emily Burden.
Emily Walker and Emily Burden.

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.

Brian Woods, and Glen Kirkwood
Brian Woods, and Glen Kirkwood

"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.

Jessie Gilchrist
Jessie Gilchrist

"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.

Summer Beer Festival at Dodson's Bar and Restaurant, Blenheim.
Summer Beer Festival at Dodson's Bar and Restaurant, Blenheim.

"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."

Ken Arthur, Alex and Sharon Ridley and Phil Conza.
Ken Arthur, Alex and Sharon Ridley and Phil Conza.

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."

Dom Chon-Roberts and Patrick Schnarre and Bar Dietmar Schnarre
Dom Chon-Roberts and Patrick Schnarre and Bar Dietmar Schnarre

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