Regional Roundup: Spring 2016

SOBA & beers events happening winter-spring 2016.


August 11 – SOBA pre-Beervana get together
From 4pm, Basque Rooftop Bar, Wellington
Free with SOBA discount on drinks, delicious paella provided

SOBA will be shouting servings of paella to those with an up-to-date membership card. And, Basque offers a healthy SOBA discount on beers as well.

August 14 – whole of SOBA post-Beervana brunch
From 11am, Hop Garden, Pirie St, Wellington
$30 – brekkie, juice, coffee and a pint, and a shuttle to the airport

Come down on Sunday to nurse your hangover; eat brekkie (big meaty and vege options will be available); have a coffee and juice; and a hair-of-the-dog pint.

We also hope to have at least one free shuttle bus. Tickets for this event are on sale on the SOBA website.


Every Friday

Drinks from 5pm. Location changes each week. Auckland members check your email or details will also be posted on Twitter.

Monthly meet ups

Once a month in the weekend we make our way around Auckland to check out new bars, breweries or places we just can’t get to during the week.
Upcoming dates and venues TBC.

November 13

City of Ales returns!

Regional Coordinator: Maree Shaw – Email: [email protected] – Twitter:@soba_auckland


September 7

Hamilton Beer & Wine Co Beer Club at Wonderhorse, 6pm.

September TBC

Quarterly SOBA social gathering, venue and date TBC.

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. August will be Epic Brewery.

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.

SOBA members discounts available at the following venues:
Hamilton Beer and Wine Co
Liquorland Rototuna, Hamilton
Little George, Hamilton
Craft, Hamilton
Good George Dining Hall, Hamilton,
The Crafty Trout, Taupo

Regional Coordinator: Gareth Guitry – Email: [email protected] – Twitter:@soba_waikato


August 18th

Home Brew Competition – Beer Necessities from 6.30pm.

August 28th

Get together at the Hop House, Mt Maunganui 3-5pm.

September 25th

Mt Brewing Co Bar – social get together 3-5pm.

Regional Coordinator: Bronwyn Marshall – Email: [email protected]


September 4

Monthly catch up from 4pm – 6pm on the first Sunday of every month at the Westshore Beach Inn, Napier.

October 2

As above.

Regional Coordinator: Jeremy Bayliss Email: [email protected]


August 21

SOBA Homebrew Comp Judgement Day at Mike’s Brewery

Regional Coordinator: Warwick Foy Email: [email protected]


September 6

7pm at The Rutland Arms, Ridgeway Street, Wanganui

October 4

7pm at The Rutland Arms, Ridgeway Street, Wanganui.

Regional Coordinator: Peter Northway – Email: [email protected]


No scheduled meetings at this stage

Regional Coordinator: Jason Franssen – Email: [email protected]


Every Tuesday

We have a table reserved at Hashigo Zake every Tuesday from 4:30pm for SOBA Stalwarts and their new release. Come on down and take advantage of your SOBA discount and meet some of our stalwart members who rarely miss a week!

August 27

Martinborough and Upper Hutt bus trip. From 11am, $75, tour, tastings and lunch.

We’re going to head over the hill to Martinborough brewery, then back to Upper Hutt for a visit. Tickets on sale on the SOBA website.

October 8

Beer and food match, Grill Meats Beer and Garage Project. From 3pm, PTBA, food and beer. Shaun from GMB and the team from Garage Project will delight us with tasty bites and delicious beers to learn a bit more about food and beer matching. Tickets for this event will go on sale on the SOBA website.

November 19

Beer tour of Newtown. From 12 noon PTBA, tour, tastings and snacks. A visit to Bebemos, Moon and Monterey. If we can arrange a special licence, we’ll start the tour at Wild and Woolly and Tiamana in Mt Cook for a tour and a tasting. Tickets for this event will go on sale on the SOBA website.

December 10

SOBA Wellington Xmas party at Husk Bar. From 3pm.

Regional Coordinator: Steph Coutts – Email: [email protected]nz


First Friday of every month: The Old Bank Tavern, Cleghorn St Redwood Village. Chance to meet the local members and brewers from local breweries (when possible).

Regional Coordinator: Mike Pink – Email: [email protected]


August 29

Meet the Brewer at BelAire at 7.30pm (See their website or Facebook for more info)

September 26th

As above

October 15th

12th Home Brew Competition. Entries welcome from anywhere. Royal Hotel Bridge Street, (corner of Collingwood St) 11-4.

November 28th

Meet the Brewer as above.

Regional Coordinators: Peter Mayes and Bill Fennell – Email: [email protected]


Every Thursday

Drinks at Volstead 5pm.

Regional Coordinator: Charles Swettenham – Email: [email protected]


August 10

Tonic in Princes St from 7.30pm

October 12

Ombrellos from 7.30pm

November 12

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival at FB Stadium

December 14

Eureka from 7.30pm

February 8

7.30pm at Inch Bar (Gardens Corner)

Regional Coordinator: Richard Pettinger – Email: [email protected]

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