More than 3000 in the door, and 15,000 expected as Beervana 2017 kicks off
Annual Wellington craft beer festival, Beervana, has kicked off with a bang with more than 3000 people turning up for the first session on Friday morning.
A cloudless sky with spring-like conditions on Friday evening promised a good night for the annual beer event.
With more breweries than ever involved this year, punters will have 451 different beers to choose from.
The second session of the two-day event kicked off at 6pm and Saturday's sessions had sold out, although 100 tickets had been saved for door sales.
"The morning went along without a hitch, the atmosphere was great, there was a great variety of beers on offer," Beervana organiser Beth Brash said.
A new app let people rate their favourites as soon as they started drinking.
Based on first session, the people's choice for the first session was Emersons Pilgrim Pale Ale .
Collaborations with brewers from Japan to Norway and the USA meant Kiwis were trying all sorts of unique and interesting flavours, Brash said.
The results of Garage Project's collaboration with US based brewers Sierra Nevada at their 'beer camp' was also proving a favourite.
A total of 15,000 people are expected to attend over both days.
Wellington On A Plate also kicked off in the capital on Friday night, with more than 100 food events to be held across the region until August 27.