Landscape gets rival in craft brews

19:32, Feb 09 2014

The Heartland Craft Beer Festival kicked off in Queenstown on Saturday, in one of the the most picturesque settings to enjoy a tipple.

Event organiser Simon Green said about 1500 people attended the inaugural event, held at the Red Barn at Remarkables Park and which showcased more than 150 craft beers and gourmet food stalls.

The crowd was entertained with music by Greg Johnson, dDub, and Rhythmonyx, while a home brew competition and brewing seminars with top New Zealand brewers were also held.

Tim McGrath, of Ireland, said he enjoyed sampling the different beers but found them very different to the Guinness he drank at home.

Janne Lunki, of Finland, also found the beer different.

"It's more fruity and a bit lighter than the beer in Finland. It's pretty good. I like it," Mr Lunki said.

It was hoped the event would become an annual fixture in Queenstown.

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