Arrowtown brewer brings cheer to quake-hit Canterbury farmers

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A director of an Arrowtown brewery has ensured earthquake-affected Canterbury farmers didn’t also suffer a drought. 

Arrow Brewing Company director Darryl Jones says a week ago he heard Federated Farmers’ North Canterbury Grain and Seeds chairperson on radio describing the plight of grain growers following the devastating September 4 Canterbury earthquake. 

The chairperson said they were putting on a BBQ for them on September 9 in Darfield, following a public meeting. 

Jones: “I thought, we use Canterbury grain, why don’t we offer to take a couple of kegs up. 

“Then I started thinking more laterally so I approached eight other micro-breweries from Canterbury south and they all agreed to supply a keg.” 

Jones and fellow director John Timpany drove up to Darfield last Thursday with two kegs of Scotch Ale. 

Jones and the other micro-breweries buy their grain from Gladfield Malt, near Dunsandel – and Jones says the grain and seed chairperson said his offer was timely. 

“He wanted to raise the profile of micro-breweries amongst the grain growers so they know where some of their grain ends up going,” Jones says.

Jones says the farmers – who were addressed by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson, among others – were grateful for the donated beer. 

“They loved it and were so appreciative that we thought of the idea and had made the time and effort to actually organise it and get there.”