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It’s enough to make a hipster’s beard bristle with excitement.
The world’s southern-most craft beer, wine, and food festival, Hop ’n’ Vine, bursts into life each year showcasing Southland’s unique brand of laidback sophistication.
Whether you’re a craft afficianado scribbling beer ratings, or a first-timer taking that brave step into a crisp, dry pilsner, Hop’n’Vine has you covered.
The festival is masterminded by transplanted Scots, Kev and Chris, who have helped transform Invercargill into a must-discover craft beer haven.
The city hums on Hop’n’Vine weekend with tap takeovers and tastings on offer at bars and restaurants in the central city – where you might even get an audience with your favourite brewer.
When you hit the festival floor you become one with the laidback, relaxed vibe – groups of people smiling and yarning, or sitting back and taking it all in, pondering their next taste adventure.
You’ll love its homegrown nature with Southland’s craft breweries and finest food producers lining up to let you in on their little secrets. All made right here.
A fiesta of mouth-watering food options awaits you, serving up contemporary street fare, to match the mind-boggling range of craft beers, ciders, Central Otago wines and champagnes on offer. Oh, and did we mention, there’s a gin bar.
Embrace the challenge of hop-packed ales, dark, rich stouts, refreshing pilsners. Savour hints of mango, passionfruit and chocolate – maybe even throw your palate a sour beer curveball.
Legendary breweries like Behemoth, Garage Project and Epic pitch their latest creations alongside new brews from NZ’s best emerging breweries.
It’s the catch-up you’ve been meaning to have for ages – everyone’s here.
The entertainment’s not to shabby either. There’s everything you’d expect to get your head nodding, but with Hop’n’Vine there’s always more – did somebody say all-male choir?
Throw your hat into the fancy-dress competition, with a different theme each year.
Brew your own beer? Why not sign-up for the much coveted homebrew competition.
And if you feel like kicking on afterwards, there’s always the after-party with a DJ, and more cracking craft beer selections to whet the appetite even further.
Hop’n’Vine serves up a delicious taste of the south, but why stop there?
Explore the region that inspires our brewers and food producers, from the rugged coastline of The Catlins, the bright lights of Invercargill, the starry skies of Stewart Island/Rakiura and the majestic wilderness of Fiordland.
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