By James Atkinson

Thirteen Australian breweries are set to exhibit next month at New Zealand's leading beer festival, Beervana, which will host a trade show for the first time this year.

Billed as a two-day celebration of craft beer, Beervana takes place at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August.

More than 250 beers will be on offer from 62 breweries, with Feral, Nail, Stone & Wood, Two Birds, Murrays and Young Henrys among the Australian representatives.

The inaugural Beervana Trade Show, aimed at developing business in the craft brewing industry, will take place in the Mezzanine Lounge at Westpac Stadium on Thursday 21 August, between 2pm and 4pm.

"All the brewers and major sponsors who are exhibiting at Beervana have been offered the opportunity to have a presence at the trade show," organiser Catherine Cordwell told TheShout.

"It's really like a business-to-business opportunity, pre-opening of Beervana to the public, for the trade to connect with New Zealand brewers all under one roof."

Beervana director David Cryer said it’s an exciting time to be part of the craft brewing industry in New Zealand, with Beervana showcasing some of the best in the country as well as profiling beers from some of the newer breweries to hit the scene. [continues below]

“With the additional element of our 'Beervana Exchange', where three award winning brewers will be here from Portland, as well as other events within Beervana such as specialist beer seminars, home brew and media brew competitions and the launch of the New Zealand chapter of the Pink Boots Society, which supports women in the brewing industry, there will be something for everyone," he said.

To enjoy alongside the brews, Beervana’s culinary director Martin Bosley has again assembled some of Wellington’s top eateries. “As the quality of craft beers has improved, so has our understanding of just how important it is to match the food to them. Frankly, this year’s line-up shows just how much craft beer has been embraced by the capital’s restaurants," he said.

Entry to the trade show is free for retail and hospitality trade, but they must register here to be able to attend.

For further information and tickets to Beervana, click here.

The Shout Team

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