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Top drinks to try at Beervana 2019

Beervana is back for another year, offering beer lovers a taste of 60 international and local breweries, as well as serving up Wellington's renowned food, music and entertainment. Here, Liquorland Toast gives you a sneak peak at some of the top beers and ciders featuring at Beervana 2019

Proudly sponsored by Liquorland, Beervana 2019 is being held over August 9 and 10 at Wellington Stadium and there's going to be an amazing array of exciting new hoppy drops.

Here's a list of our favourite beers and ciders featuring at New Zealand's most popular beer festival.

Fortune Favours – Squid Ink

Brewed in collaboration with the Wellington Tattoo Convention and Craigy Lee from Union Tattoo, this dark lager has subtle chocolate and roast notes, with a touch of actual squid ink. 

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Heyday Brewing – Dahlia

Light in colour, Heyday Brewing's Dahlia is inspired by the flavours of Mexico and was designed to pair with the Harraways Harr-os Mexican Salsa Oat Bites. Um, yum?!

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Hop Federation – The Experimentals – Pilsner 9909

If you're after an easy-drinking mellow pilsner, try this pine and citrus delight. Just one of four from The Experimentals featuring at Beervana, the Pilsner is sure to be a stand-out star.

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Cassel’s – Dunkel

Cassel's Dunkel is a traditional Bavarian malty dark lager. With hints of caramel and chocolate, Dunkel has a palate that is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated with sweet, nutty, toasty and coffee flavours, leading to a long dry finish. And, if that's not enough to sell you, it won Best in Class in 2013 at the NZ Brewers Guild Awards.

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Tinker Tailor – Salted Caramel American Brown Ale

You won't need a Sherpa to enjoy this caramel concoction. The American Brown Ale has been sprinkled with Himalayan rock salt and, in doing so, achieves the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. 

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Yeastie Boys – Irascible The Flamingo

This Belgian IPA, fermented with traditional kveik yeast, offers a twist on a classic. Amarillo and Mandarina cryo hops give a fruity flavour and rosehip added late in fermentation lends a delicate floral aroma.

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Urbanaut’s Copacabana Brut IPA

With melon, mango, stone fruit and lemon tart, this aromatic Brut IPA is delciously fruity and quickly conjures up images of white-sand beaches and smooth-sounding jazz vocals. One sip and you'll pretty much be transported to Copa-cabaaaaana.

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Epic Gin Boss

Gin and beer unite! If you're looking for something a bit different, this could be your tipple. The zesty Mandarina Hops in Epic Gin Boss are complemented with the intensity of cardamom, and the earthy aroma of the Juniper berry. 

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Fortune Favours – Sunchaser

Crisp in flavour with a medium finish, this bold cider combines freshly crushed Pacific Rose, Fuji and Royal Gala apples with juicy blueberries. How 'bout them apples?

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Sprig & Fern – Mango & Lime

The sweetness of Magdalena mango and the subtle balance of lime juice will leave you wanting more of this apple cider-based tipple.

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