A new BrewDay is coming to Wellington.

BrewDay is a keystone event in the Wellington’s annual beer festival calendar, and for the past two years it was held at Brewtown, the craft beer village in Upper Hutt. Before that it was hosted in Martinborough and Trentham.

This year it’s transferring into the city for the first time: to Queens Wharf in downtown Wellington for a two-session event on Saturday, May 8.

Organiser Dean Bradley says the move was about ensuring attendees had a good time. “We liked Brewtown but it was difficult last year when the trains weren’t running (we had bus replacements) and there was no undercover area for queuing” he said.

BrewDay is an unashamed celebration of beer, with 19 craft breweries in attendance. The emphasis is also about “keeping it local” with 15 of Wellington’s craft brewers there to be part of the fun. Beer servings will be tastes of 75ml and glasses of 280ml, with prices ranging from $2 for tastes and $5 to $10 for full pours (depending on the abv).

It wouldn’t be BrewDay without some dressing up. This year’s theme is groovy, so if you’re heading down, bust out your flares, psychedelic paisleys and other 60s and 70s schtick. Once there you can dance like nobody’s watching as there is live entertainment from three local acts.

Payment on the day will be via BrewDay wristbands that you can load with cash. But don’t get too carried away as organisers have the ability to “Yellow Card” you if you look like you have had enough alcohol or are misbehaving. This means you won’t be able to purchase alcohol anymore.

Covid-19 Level 1 precautions will also be at play so if you’re symptom-free, scan the QR Code, sanitise your hands, sneeze and cough into your elbow, and be careful where you place your lips.

All tickets get you entry to BrewDay, a drinking glass and an “opportunity for you to have a groovy experience”. Burgers, bao, bbq and Mexican food will be available and water will be provided.

Party on Garth.

BrewDay 2021
TSB Arena and Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Saturday 8 May
Session 1: Midday to 4.30pm
Session 2: 5.30pm to 10.00pm

Palmerston North BrewDay

BrewDay organisers are taking their successful event to Manawatu with the help of Brew Union. The Palmerston North Brewday will be held at the Fly Arena on August 28. Palmerston North doesn’t have a beer festival as such, and this event will fill the gap and bring craft beer to the people.