In keeping with Kiwi tradition Beervana is going to wait another year until it celebrates a milestone birthday.

It’s the 20th edition of the country’s premier beer festival this year to be held at Sky Stadium in Wellington on August 13-14 but the organisers are keeping the yardglass under lock and key until their 21st birthday next year.

That will clear the stage for the breweries to shine with many of them turning the festival into a birthday bash of their own.

Here’s a quick rundown of Beervana 2021 by the numbers:

1 Auckland’s Deep Creek will be taking the prime No 1 position in the stadium concourse. In recent years this was Garage Project’s spot but last year Parrotdog jumped to the top of the queue. The spot is a critical one for the festival and the brewery. It’s usually the first stand punters see and it’s also a broad canvas on which to work some magic. Deep Creek will use it to celebrate their 10th birthday and it will be chance to showcase their status as one of New Zealand’s best breweries having just taken out a swag of trophies the Australian International Beer Awards. No doubt there will be a Hoppy McHopface.

7 Aussie breweries will represent at this year’s festival now that we can have our trans-Tasman bubble. Those committed to the trip include industry icons Stone & Wood, Range Brewing, Boatrocker, Mountain Culture, Black Hops and One Drop Brewing Co.

8 Breweries making their debut at Beervana. These include New Zealand’s No 1 brewery on Untappd, Derelict from North Canterbury. It’s hard to get their beer outside Christchurch so this will be a popular stand. It will also be great to see Emporium out of Kaikoura who continue to win awards and draw fans with their takes on classic styles. Popular Rhyme & Reason from Wanaka will be there as will Three Sisters from New Plymouth. Also coming are Buzz Club Mead, Cowabunga, The Beer Engine and The Occasional Brewer.

9 Returning breweries after a brief time away. Fun-loving Lakeman out of Taupo always draw a great deal of attention and it’s great to see them back. Look out for Hairy Man himself. And there will be lots of misty-eyed fans embracing Townshend’s return to the capital. Gisborne legends Sunshine are back as are Helensville heroes Liberty, Christchurch powerhouse Cassel’s Brewing, Wanaka’s Ground Up, Macs, cider wizards Peckham’s and popular locals Whistling Sisters.

10 It seems 2011 was a great year to start a brewery. Among those celebrating their 10th birthdays are Garage Project, Parrotdog and Deep Creek. Expect cake in the form of beer.

15 Not to forget resurgent Renaissance who are back from almost going under to celebrate their 15th birthday.

20 Of course the hosts turn 20 and while we await their 21st it’s worth raising a glass to a festival that helped put beer on the map in New Zealand. The Cake Tin remains the pinnacle beer event in the country in terms of numbers and is a great stage for breweries to express their personalities with through stall designs and one-off festival beers that punters won’t find anywhere else.

14,400 The number of people who attended last year’s festival.

Fermented Culture — Verrity’s Wake

The first column in a series about beer and culture by Kieran Haslett-Moore. Verrity’s Wake It’s the hottest day of the year, tomorrow will be even hotter. Ted has come to the end of his journey. The pub is full to send him on his way. Frances has been gone 8 long...

Mr Goodbar — Matakana

Funny that urge you sometimes get to head out of town for an interesting beer. And, really, it’s one of those urges you should just surrender to. Which is how I found myself, late on a Friday morning, departing the raging charms of Auckland for something altogether...

Panhead Founder Buys Boneface

Panhead founder Mike Neilson and his wife Anna are set to be the new owners of Boneface Brewing. The couple will formally take over on or about July 1, depending on licensing other compliance issues. However, until then they are managing the business on behalf of the...

Garage Project X Alvarado Street Nelson Sun Club

Nelson Sun Club Fresh Hopped IPA (6.6%) is No.14 in Garage Project’s Hāpi Sessions series of collab brews with industry luminaries from across the globe. This West Coast-style IPA is inspired by Monterey (California) brewers Alvarado Street. It’s also a new...

Mythica — An Auckland Hidden Gem

Tucked away in a light industrial area on Auckland’s North Shore is one of the hidden gems of the Auckland craft beer scene. Many of the readers of this fine magazine will never have heard of Mythica Brewing; you won’t find their beers on tap in your local bar (except...

What’s In Your Glass — Shapes Or Adjectives

How do you feel about ordering shapes or adjectives? What am I talking about? Ordering a tap beer. In New Zealand, there is little to no transparency on poured beer volumes sold - a phenomenon that stretches across all kinds of venues from restaurants to sports bars....

Boneface Brewing, Brothers Beer In Liquidation

New Zealand's craft beer industry suffered another setback today with both Boneface Brewing and Brothers Beer going in to liquidation. The good news for Boneface is that there is contract is in place for the sale of the brewery and brand. Brothers Beer, formerly in...

Glory To Desperate Glory — NWBCA Supreme Winner

Desperate Glory, this year’s Supreme Winner at the New World Beer & Cider Awards is a genuine beer-lovers beer but it’s also the kind of beer that everyone should try once in a lifetime. A collab between 8 Wired and tiny Auckland experimental brewery, Small Gods,...

The Beer Project — Shining Peak

I arrive at Shining Peak on a hot, sunny Taranaki morning in January. New Plymouth has just lost the crown of NZ's sunniest town to Tekapo, after two years on top, but founder and head brewer Jesse Sigurdsson isn't fazed. There has still been plenty of good golfing...

New World Beer & Cider Awards — Highly Commended

It's incredibly difficult to get into the Top 30 at the New World Beer & Cider Awards so any beer or cider that gets a highly commended gong is effectively a gold medal beer. https://hoppiness.co.nz/new-world-beer-cider-awards-top-30-2 8 Wired Cloudtripper —...

New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30

It seems like every year there’s a better, more diverse selection of styles in the New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30 — and the 10th edition stands out. The Top 30 features established — and popular — craft brands such as Garage Project, Parrotdog, Emerson’s,...

Instagratification: Dusty’s Fresh Hop Picks 2024

Photographer, beer-lover and Instagram influencer Dusty, picks his highlights from the Fresh Hop season of 2024. Brave Brewing Helping Hands My fresh hop beer of the year is also a contender for beer of the year, Brave Brewing Helping Hands 2024 is just beautiful. A...

Kiwis Rolling In Gold At Australian Beer Awards

It's been a night of Kiwi success at the Australian International Beer Awards … and a heads-up, this is not a cut-and-paste of last year’s results despite 2024 being almost a mirror-image of 2023! That’s because, for the second year in a row the champion large, medium...

Wanaka Beerworks X Beers Garstonstein

You thought you were safe.  You thought fresh hop season was over, but it just keeps on going… This one really is special though, I promise.  Garstonstein is joint release from Wanaka Beerworks and Christchurch’s Beers is unique in that its Nelson Sauvin...

Head To Head: Hazzy Hunter Vs Laughing Bones

In the first of a new series, Joshua Lee aka Hazzy Hunter goes head-to-head with John Morawski from Laughing Bones. Hazzy Hunter: John tell me how Laughing Bones came to be? John: Gosh first of all welcome it's good to have you here! As we put right on our can, it...

Pacific Coast Tapawera Sunrise

Some beers are simply born for a fresh hop version, and Pacific Coast Tapawera Sunrise, a Double NZ Pilsner (6%) out of Mangawhai is one of them.  Its dank and meandering herbaceous notes were primed for an injection of fresh hop magic to really make them come alive. ...

Twofold Sure To Draw Beer Fans to Parnell

Twofold — one of Auckland’s most anticipated new brewpubs — opened its door this week, bringing craft beer to Parnell’s famed restaurant strip and continuing a surge in recent openings in the country’s biggest city. With former Alibi brewer Bernard Neate at the helm,...

Hop Federation Green Limousine IPA

Hop Federation Green Limousine is among a (very) small cadre of annual fresh hop releases that I consider having achieved classic status.  This one in particular, with the brewery’s proximity to the growing regions (the fresh Nelson Sauvin cones here spent all of 30...

Swifty — Garage Project Betting Big on Simple Beer

The power couple that is Garage Project and Royalburn Station have released their collab brew Swifty in packaged format. Nadia Lim and her husband Carlos Bagrie bought Wanaka’s Royalburn Station in 2019 after selling their stake in My Food Bag and their life on the...

Behemoth Fresh Prince Of Mt Eden

This West Coast style IPA (albeit a remarkably hazy one) goes for the tried-and-true Nelson Sauvin as its sole hop choice, and the breadth of flavours that it wrings out of that single variety is truly remarkable.  The unmistakable Nelson Sauvin pungency certainly...