Every year, the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) rolls out its red carpet for a week-long celebration of all things craft beer. It's appropriately called Auckland Beer Week, and this year its taking place across the city's finest craft establishments from 22 June to 1 July in the lead up to epic beer festival The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS).
The festivities will officially kick off with the Double Launch Party between Vultures Lane and Newmarket's Lumsden Freehouse. It promises a rambunctious night of craft beer from all over NZ, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Following the launch, The Lumsden will prove how well fresh oysters go down with a pint of dark beer, Kingsland's Flight 605 will host an evening of new releases from around Auckland, live music and beer-marinated chicken wings, and Brewers Co-Op will round off the first weekend with an appearance from hardcore Scottish brewers, BrewDog.