What are the two things Wellington does best? Craft beer. Tick. Fundraising. Tick. On Saturday, 8 December, The Smallest Beer Fest will once again bring craft beer fanatics, fundraisers and the rest of the crew together at Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul for an exclusive showcase, and chance to sample the seasonal delights of four local breweries who are giving back to the community.
All early birds with a ticket will also have a limited edition swag bag of goodies thrust upon them at the door, including a swanky The Smallest Beer Festival glass. But wait, there's more. A free voucher awaits every patron for the Lost Boys Food truck, delivering warm, carbo-loaded grub (think chicken burgers and loaded fries) till 6pm.
Microbreweries Duncan's and North End will be representing the Kapiti Coast, Fork and Brew Corp will be bringing the inner city vibes, while Abandoned shows us what the Hutt can brew.
For crafties in the know, Duncan's just scooped a gold, silver and bronze at the Brewer's guild. This'll be a chance to inspect, sniff and taste the winners like the Juniper IPA. Or dare yourself to try Yum Yum Yuzu — this Japanese style lager is perfect for Wellington summer evenings; the lemon and grapefruit notes keep you refreshed all night long.
Fiercely cool Lower Hutt brewery Abandoned will also be showcasing at the cathedral. Tim Ward (he started Bodega) and Richard Deeble have created a collection of alcoholic masterpieces that Wellington's craft beer scene has seen as a massive curveball. Favourites include the Abandoned stout (you'll taste the orange) and the Abandoned imperial Belgian red. These renegades are constantly putting flavour to the test and the result is pure magic.
But remember tickets are limited. All this could be yours for only $33.75 — it even includes a chance to see Wellington's own DJ Neil. Get it while you can.