Home brewer Booth gets to live the dream

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 05:00 13/08/2014
Dale Booth
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NEW BREW: Dale Booth pours malt barley into equipment in preparation for the first commercial brew of his award-winning raspberry wheat beer.

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Invercargill man Dale Booth says he is living "every man's dream."

He helped put down a brew of his very own beer at Invercargill Brewery yesterday.

Booth works as a financial controller at the Invercargill City Council, and brewing beer has previously just been a hobby.

"[This] is something I thought I'd never be doing," he said.

A father of two, Booth came up with the idea for his raspberry wheatbeer with the impending arrival of his daughter about two years ago.

"I wanted to make a pink beer because I was having a baby girl. I knew Invercargill Brewery did one with boysenberry so I thought I'd try raspberries."

The successful brew was named after his daughter Evie, now 2 years old, and features her photo on the label.

Booth's opportunity to have his beer brewed professionally came from winning a home brewing award at the 2013 Dunedin Craft Beer Festival.

His home brew was usually made in 25-litre batches, but yesterday's efforts will yield about 1200 litres of beer. About 300 litres will go to Dunedin to be sold at this year's Craft Beer Expo next month, while the rest will be sold at Invercargill Brewery. Booth said he was unsure whether he would continue professionally brewing his beer but having the opportunity to dip his toes into the market meant he could actually consider it.

"Because I won that prize, I'm not jumping in the deep end. We'll see how it's received."

In honour of Booth's win, there will be return buses from Invercargill to the expo in Dunedin on September 20. Tickets, which include the bus trip, are $65 from Ticket Direct.

A previous version of this story stated the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival had been renamed the Dunedin Craft Beer Expo. 

They are in fact two separate events.

The expo is on September 20, and the festival is on October 4.

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