New buzz on the town as beer and meals competition to launch in Auckland – NZ Herald

Beezthingz beekeeper Oliver Mccurdy harvests honey from hives behind Spark area for a brand new drop Behemoth Beer will produce for the beer competition. Picture / Alex Burton

A brand new buzz is heading to downtown Auckland – the place a brand new beer and meals competition is ready to point out off a few of the nation’s tastiest delicacies.

Greater than 50 breweries will come collectively for the Auckland Craft Beer and Meals Competition, introduced by SkyCity, to supply their brews and also will be joined by artisan meals and beverage distributors.

Competition director Jason Schroeder mentioned comparable festivals in different components of the nation had been vastly standard – now it was Auckland’s flip.

“With the Dunedin Craft Beer and Meals Competition in its ninth yr in 2021 – and one among Dunedin’s most iconic occasions – it is a logical step to convey craft beer and meals choices to Tāmaki Makaurau.”

The competition launch, to be held on March 27, will function beer constituted of honey harvested by bees situated on the grounds of the venue itself, Spark Area.

On a sunshine-filled morning in Auckland in the present day, beekeeper Oliver McCurdy labored fastidiously to extract the golden slabs of honeycomb.

He mentioned it was more and more standard for individuals and companies to accommodate beehives on their properties within the Auckland CBD.

“It is not bizarre. In recent times, individuals have develop into extra conscious of the issues bees face world wide.

“So lots of people are getting them. [Hives] are on rooftops, normally, within the metropolis. There are extra beehives across the metropolis than you’d anticipate.

It’s understood that the honeycomb the bees produce behind the world are generally given as a present to worldwide music artists who carry out there.

Unique beer for competition introduced

This would be the first time the honey can be was beer – a process being given to brewing firm Behemoth.

Proprietor and brewer Andrew Childs mentioned using honey or mead in beer had been round because the Vikings and remained standard.

Though they’d be highlighting the honey, in addition they needed to maintain the distinctive beer style within the brew – being dubbed Beehemoth.

“We’ll have one thing the place the honey will shine by means of.

“We positively need to get the honey flavour in there. It may style distinctive, that is for positive.”

As much as 300 litres of beer can be made out of the honey harvested, which Childs guessed can be about 17kg to 20kg value.

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