More than 3000 in the door, and 15,000 expected as Beervana 2017 kicks off gallery

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Oliver Furneaux(front) and Andrew Hall of the Superhero Second Line band. Beervana 2017, Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Dicky Fife, brewing captain for Kaiser Brothers Brewery serves up a KB pilsner.

Stephen Templer(MC Freak),left, and Kelvin Aris((DJ Spider) of Bric-a brac rave.

Queues at Beervana 2017,Westpac Stadium,Wellington.

Chris Miller partakes of a white IPA at the Tinker Tailor stall at Beervana on Friday.

Steve Logan of Grill Meats Beer serves up Japanese fried chicken.

Lakeman Brewing Company at Beervana 2017.

Dave Gaughan of Eagle Brewing NZ,Christchurch, with a G town IPA.

Richard Macdonald of Kaiser Beer, in beer mode.

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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.

Dicky Fife, brewing captain for Kaiser Brothers Brewery serves up a KB pilsner at the first day of Beervana.
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Dicky Fife, brewing captain for Kaiser Brothers Brewery serves up a KB pilsner at the first day of Beervana.

​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.

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"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. 

Chris Miller partakes of a white IPA at the Tinker Tailor stall at Beervana 2017, Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
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Chris Miller partakes of a white IPA at the Tinker Tailor stall at Beervana 2017, Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

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 .

Queues at Beervana on Friday at Westpac Stadium,Wellington.
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Queues at Beervana on Friday at Westpac Stadium,Wellington.

Collaborations with brewers from Japan to Norway and the USA meant Kiwis were trying all sorts of unique and interesting flavours, Brash said.

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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.

 

 - Stuff

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