Beervana 2012 tickets are about to go on sale for another year – this Friday, June 1st for those hanging on the edge of their seats – with a few changes and new options for beer lovers and foodies alike. “As New Zealanders have become increasingly passionate about craft beer we’ve found Beervana attracting a very diverse audience,” says Festival Director David Cryer. “We want to make sure the event gives every visitor an experience they value, and that they can’t get anywhere else.”

Gearing up to kick off for the eleventh year running, Beervana 2012 will highlight more than 200 brews along with food from Wellington’s best restaurants and twenty seminars related to all things beer.

In terms of ticket prices, general admission tickets are $40 but there are plenty of extra experiences to be had this year, for the absolute beer geeks and homebrew nerds among us. These include: a Food & Beer package with access to an exclusive culinary seminar, the Ultimate Experience for groups of five or more wanting to get up close and personal with New Zealand’s best brewers and chefs, and a Home Brewing Masterclass led by Yeastie Boy Stu McKinlay. “Whether you want to sample as many rare and special brews as possible, discover the secrets of beer and food matching, or learn about the art of brewing, Beervana 2012 will deliver,” Cryer says.

When: 17-18 August (two sessions daily)

Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington NZ

General Admission: $40 (includes $8 of Beervana tokens, event programme and tasting glass)

Food & Beer: $64 (as above plus a seat in our exclusive one-hour food and beer matching seminar hosted by leading beer writer Neil Miller and featuring the culinary skills of one of Wellington’s top chefs.

Home Brewing Masterclass (Saturday 18th, 10.30am2.30pm): $75 (an interactive Masterclass led by Stu McKinlay of Yeastie Boys and a rare opportunity to learn from one of New Zealand’s most innovative brewers about the secret to making captivating, new world beers. Includes general admission to Session 3.)

Ultimate Experience: $75 per person with a minimum group of five (enjoy all the inclusions of general admission plus a behind-the-scenes brewer-led tour prior to gates opening, a one-hour private seminar including tutored tasting with a leading New Zealand brewer, food and beer matching with a Beervana chef, and tips on how to get more from your beer drinking experience.)

For more info hit the Beervana webpage or tickets are available here.

[All prices quoted are in $NZ.]

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