Regional Roundup: April 2017

A Roundup of What’s Happening Around the Country from our Regional Coordinators



  • Wednesday 10 May: Albar, Lower Stuart St, from 7.30pm
  • Saturday 10 June: Portsider, Port Chalmers, from 3pm


Meetings we’ve had since Christmas have explored recently changed or new ventures, including Inch Bar and Zanzibar. SOBA’s support and encouragement can only help grow the Dunedin scene further yet. The NewNewNew fledgling brewery’s intriguing beers are already available in the best venues including Henry’s and Meenan & Co, alongside artisanal creations from the other fantastic local producers Emerson’s and Craftwork, and from the reborn Green Man. We are truly blessed here in Dunedin. Join us as we work our way through another year of great craft ale discovery.

Email: [email protected]



  • Monday 8 May: Free House, monthly meet-up
  • Monday 12 June: Sprig and Fern Milton St, monthly meet-up.
  • Meet the Brewer at Bel Aire, last Monday of the month.
  • 29 May: Altitude Brewing

An up-to-date list of craft beer outlets is available from [email protected] on request.

Palmerston North


We held our local awards out at The Little White Rabbit on 26 February. Good to see some members making the trek out to Foxton. Huge thanks to Nigel and Anita for playing host!

Palmerston North’s newest Brewpub is now open for business. Brew Union Brewing Company opened its doors to the public on Friday 10 March and has been in full swing since. Featuring 21 (yes, 21) taps and two handpulls, this has quickly become the new go-to bar in town.

Owners Murray and Jules are SOBA supporters and have confirmed Brew Union’s support behind SOBA as well with a really awesome deal – for every new big batch beer Brew Union brew, they will invite SOBA members for a complimentary pint and tasting notes.

Keep an eye out on your emails and our regional & national Facebook pages for more.

Email: [email protected]

Hawke’s Bay


  • Sunday 7 May: Monthly catch up at GodsOwn Brewery in Maraekakaho
  • Sunday 4 June: Monthly catch up at Westshore Beach Inn, Napier from 4-6pm
  • Sunday 2 July: Monthly catch up at Westshore Beach Inn, Napier from 4-6pm


John Pagler

Hawke’s Bay home brewer John Pagler is thrilled to have had the chance to make his winning APA on the Speidel Braumeister system at Napier Brewing Co.

It all started in June/July last year when SOBA Hawke’s Bay homebrewers started talking about running a local home brew competition. It was decided that for the first ever contest, the home brewers would make something that they’re all familiar with – an APA. In early November, the beers were blind judged by a professional panel, and then by SOBA Hawke’s Bay members.

Entries were judged against recognised standards, and John’s APA was declared the winner by both the professionals and SOBA members.

In January, John got the chance to work alongside Napier Brewing Co.’s head brewer Matt Searle and brew his APA on the 200 litre system. After the brew day John said “I had a great day and learnt a lot from Matt”. John remained hands-on throughout and was involved in the kegging, and went on to pour the first beer from tap. John named his APA ‘Cracked Hull’ in recognition of his day job, and it was launched at Napier’s Westshore Beach Inn in March.

The event was a huge success, with many of John’s family and friends coming along, as well as about 30 SOBA members. John was proud to have come so far, and after years of giving his home brewed beers to his mates, the highest praise was hearing “It’s good – I’ll happily pay for that”.

In January, we organised a minibus to take members out to “Beer Day Out” in Maraekakaho, where we enjoyed the live music, pizzas and beer under the sun. We were also hosted by Hawke’s Bay Brewing, and then in February we had a tour of the new brewing set up at Abbey/Fat Monk. In March, we went to Beer Appreciation Day (BAD) in Havelock North – this was voted best HB beer event in the 2016 SOBA awards, and 2017’s event was no disappointment.

Members were again able to take advantage of the organised transport and the SOBA turnout was impressive. The beer scene in Hawke’s Bay is rapidly changing: Brave Brewing has expanded and has a brand new brewery with tap room in Hastings, and bStudio’s brewing facility in Napier is close to completion, which will allow craft brewers to increase their capacity immensely.

Email: Jeremy Bayliss [email protected]



  • Tuesday 2 May: 7pm at The Rutland Arms, Ridgeway Street, Wanganui
  • Tuesday 6 June: 7pm at The Rutland Arms, Ridgeway Street, Wanganui


A second craft beer bar called Frank has opened selling Good George beers on tap and a range of craft beers in bottles. Rumour has it that another bar (possibly a brew-pub) is in the planning stages.

A bus trip to the Kapiti Coast is still being planned, plus a Wanganui SOBA trip to Brew Union in Palmerston North.

Email: Peter Northway – [email protected]



  • Every Month: Craft Hamilton and the Hamilton Beer and Wine Co have a brewery of the month, with special deals, and a tap takeover or showcase at Craft once a month.
  • Every Thursday: Little George’s beer club, with at least one new beer on tap.
  • Every Friday: The Local Taphouse have New Brew Friday, with a new beer released weekly.
  • Late April (TBC): Hamilton Brewers Association FRESH HOP homebrew competition. [email protected].
  • Wednesday 3 May: Hamilton Beer & Wine Co Beer Club at Wonderhorse.
  • Wednesday 7 June: Hamilton Beer & Wine Co Beer Club at Wonderhorse.

Email: [email protected]



  • Friday drinks: Every Friday from 5pm, at a different location each week. Auckland members check your email.

Details will also be posted on Twitter handle: @soba_auckland Keep an eye out on Facebook & Twitter for details of events and monthly meet-ups.


Auckland Beer Week is coming! Back for its second year and we’re excited to officially have GABS on board. We’ve even organised some great member exclusive benefits for you. So block out 10-18 June and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. The website and programme will be released soon. Check out the Facebook page and @AucklandBeerWk on Twitter for event announcements and SOBA member exclusives.

Email: [email protected]

About David
SOBA Website Admin, Former SOBA President (2013-2016), Former SOBA Committee Member (2011-2013)

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