Two Queenstown breweries are about to make their debuts at New Zealand’s biggest beer festival.
Cargo Brewery and Altitude Brewing are Wellington-bound for Beervana this weekend.
Cargo owner and self-confessed beer lover Malcolm Blakey is taking 16 kegs of booze, that’s 800 litres – although he isn’t sure it’ll be quite enough.
Altitude boss Eliott Menzies is taking 900 litres of amber nectar including a number of specialty blends.
Blakey, who runs the brewery with his wife Meron, has attended as a punter but reckons this trip will be special, pitching it as a coming of age.
“We are still quite young, it is NZ’s biggest beer festival and you have got to be relatively established before you go along to it.
“We waited a few years until we thought we were ready and had enough beers to offer.”
The trip north is two-fold – it also marks the launch of Cargo’s distribution to super-markets across the country.
Until now they’ve only supplied booze to Queens-town’s pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Blakey, originally from Scotland, says a variety of beers will be in store by the end of the month.
Menzies says Altitude will launch several new beers at the festival including a barrel-aged beer, a rum and raisin whiskey stout, a German-style sour beer and a French saison brewed in pinot noir barrels.
He’s stoked with what they’ve produced.
“You want beers that will make a mark on the show and stand out.”