Nelson Beer Week (NBW) 2019

NBW is a chance for beer aficionados and craft beer newcomers to explore new beer experiences by attending fun and educational beer-related events in New Zealand’s hop epicentre, Nelson-Tasman.

NBW brings together breweries, bars, cafes, restaurants and other organisations to showcase the best of NZ craft beer, amazing local cuisine and cool things to do in the region.

NBW will take place from 2nd – 9th of March 2019 culminating with the 12th Marchfest on Saturday 9th March 2018 at Founders Park.

We invite you to join us for 9 days of beer bliss, cheers!

Nelson Beer Week is brought to you by On-Cue and Dead Good Beer Events, the organisers of MarchFest.

9 days of beer bliss in 2019


A fresh hop brew launch, tap takeovers, live music, cask beer mini-festival, Epic Brewing’s beers at a hop farm, exclusive brewery tours, wild barrel beers, NBW 2019 launch party and loads more…


2019 Events

Beer & A Burger In A Basement @ The On Inn Basement Pub
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 25 @ 11:00 pm

“Have you ever had a beer and a burger in a basement”? Head along to The On Inn Basement Bar, an English style basement pub with a beer garden.  Hand pull beers & beer taps, single malt whiskeys, basement bites & beer infused specials. Hop in & see us!  

The On Inn Basement Bar


Feed Ya Face @ Burger Culture
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 25 @ 10:00 pm

Four of our unrivalled BC burgers in slider form, paired perfectly with a Hop Federation beer tasting flight. *While stocks available.

Burger Culture


Lunchtime Beer & Food Match Up @ River Kitchen
Mar 17 @ 11:30 am – Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm

Inspired, fresh & delicious food matched with craft beers from Kaikoura based Emporium Brewery. Emporium will be brewing a special beer just for Nelson Beer Week! available at River Kitchen.

2pm on Friday 23 March, Finny the brewer/owner from Emporium will be at River Kitchen doing tastings, have a chat and ask him about his great brews.

River Kitchen   


Epic Hop Harvest Party – SOLD OUT @ New Hoplands
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Come and celebrate the harvest of the hops in the heart of hop country. A day amongst the hop vines, following the harvest from start to finish, including the finished product BEER.

Ticket includes entry, one meal ticket and return bus trip. Bus picks up and leaves from The Free House,
95 Collingwood Street, Nelson. The bus trip takes 45mins each way.

Food & drinks available for purchase

No ticket – No entry – No door sales

Event update from EPIC. 

The Bus:

 Please be at The Free House,  95 Collingwood St, Nelson at 10:45am as the bus will leave at 11am. 

The bus will then arrive at New Hoplands at midday, and will leave at 5pm to get you back to the Free House at 6pm. 

The Free House:

From 6pm, The Free House have a selection of 6 Epic Beers on tap, as well as our must-try Gin and Tonic. 

What to bring:

We are having a picnic style event, so please bring a blanket or lawn chair or something like it to sit on. There will be some seats there for those travelling from out of town. 


There will be a list before you get on the bus, so no need to bring a print out confirmation ticket with you. 


On the tour you will be able to walk amongst the hops, watch as they’re harvested, talk to the pickers, watch the hops be sent through the driers, finally baled and then of course get to try the finished product – BEER!

We have made a special NZ IPA for this occasion using Kohatu, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin hops, all varieties of which are grown on this hop farm. 


We have had a change of food – previously mentioned that we were going to have a mexican food truck on site, but instead we have Chief BBQ’er and Sales Manager at Epic, Sten Hansen rocking a BBQ. We will have vegetarian options also, but please let me know ASAP if you have any other dietary requirements. 


We will have the below kegs on tap:

Hop Party NZIPA 6.4%

Lil Hop Little IPA  4.4%

Thunder APA 5.8%

Hop Zombie Double IPA 8.5%

Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. 


Those of you who have purchased a ticket with a t-shirt, you will get the t-shirt on the day. 

If you’ve got a question, please don’t hesitate to email me, otherwise see you all on Saturday!


Ellie Tocker,

Epic Brewing Company Ltd



P:  021 462 337

P:  0800 21 2337

Beer & Burger $20 Deal @ The Workshop
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 11:00 pm

NBW special – Purchase any “Workshop” beer (pint) and any burger on the menu for just $20!

The Work Shop

Fun Run and Beer @ McCashins' Brewery Stoke
Mar 17 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Nothing brings out the thirst like a good fun run. Go for a personal best or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery while you run. Start/finish at McCashin’s Stoke Brewery and run or walk up the stunning Ngawhatu Valley, approximately 7km. Every finisher receives a Stoke Beer or Ginger Beer.

Start times :

Walkers and early runners – 3.45pm 

Runners – 4.00pm

Cost $4 per person – family $10


McCashins' Brewery

NBW Launch Party! “Gone Bush” Quiz Night With Garage Project Beers @ CBD
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 12:00 am

Join our mates at Craft Beer Depot for the NBW opening night launch party. A quiz night as well as pouring Garage Project wild & barrel/farmhouse beers, music & food truck matches.

Quiz Starts at 4pm

Irie Vibes plays from 7pm-8.30pm

Craft Beer Depot


Epic Tap Raid @ The Free House
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Let the good times roll after the hop harvest party as Epic raid, and take over the beloved taps at The Free House with their favourite brews – a match made in heaven.

The Free House Epic Beer

Kegs & Cans @ Burger Culture
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

BC & Hop Federation are proud to present Kegs and Cans. Join us to get your mitts on 3 exclusive new beers, listen to some sweet tunes, and watch as some of Nelson’s best street artists create masterpieces in front of your very eyes.

Burger Culture

South of the Border With BEERGASM and The Mexican! @ CBD
Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The boys are back.. with a Horsebox & Concept tap takeover (BEERGASM) & Jesus Mexi-cali food match.

Craft Beer Depot

The Inaugural Cask Beer Showcase @ The Free House
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 22 @ 11:00 pm

For the first time, The Free House will host a cask beer mini-festival. Showcasing some of NZ’s very best cask conditioned ales. Poured straight from the cask, beer doesn’t get any purer than this.

The Free House

Brewery Tour with Tastings @ Sprig & Fern Brewery
Mar 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Ever wondered how an award-winning beer is actually made? well, wonder no more and join an exclusive tour by one of their talent brewers and experience the inner workings of the brewery with tastings and receive a special Sprig & Fern souvenir.

Limited to 15 people so get in quick.

Garage Project Beers with 6 Course Degustation @ Rata Room, T Block, NMIT
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Garage Project 6-course degustation dinner hosted by The Rata Room at NMIT in conjunction with Fresh Choice Richmond & Nelson. Menu design and matching from level 5 Culinary Arts students. Email for reservations, $90 p.p includes beer tastings. 

Seating from 6 pm, first course at 6.30pm.

Rata Room 

Good Bye Pork Pie Movie Night & Junk Food Degustation @ CBD
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Good Bye Pork Pie will be playing on the projector in the courtyard plus a junk food degustation. Bookings required for degustation.

Craft Beer Depot

Garage Project Beers with 6 Course Degustation @ Rata Room, T Block, NMIT
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Garage Project 6-course degustation dinner hosted by The Rata Room at NMIT in conjunction with Fresh Choice Richmond & Nelson. Menu design and matching from level 5 Culinary Arts students. Email for reservations, $90 p.p includes beer tastings. 

Seating from 6 pm, first course at 6.30pm.

Rata Room 

Viva La Spiritus – Beer, Spirits & Food Pairing @ CBD
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Matched Viva La Vaca BBQ using Spirtus Spirits (whiskey) beer cocktails and gin evening.

Craft Beer Depot

Alps to Ocean @ CBD
Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Featuring – Altitude, Renaissance, Moa, Mcleod’s, and North End.  Enjoy a showcase of beers from all over NZ, specifically those that hail from the beautiful mountain ranges and coastlines of our wonderful country. Food truck on site.

Craft Beer Depot

Deep Creek Beer & Food Match Night – SOLD OUT @ The Cellar Door
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Another Richmond Fresh Choice food and beer match night in conjunction with The Cellar Door Cafe and 2017 AIBA Champion Small International Brewery, Deep Creek. Come and hear their story and taste some great beers.

Tickets can be purchased from the coffee bar at Richmond Fresh Choice.

Richmond Fresh Choice

Deep Creek Brewing 

NZ Home Brewers Conference @ Founders Park
Mar 23 @ 9:15 am – Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm
NZ Home Brewers Conference @ Founders Park | Nelson | Nelson | New Zealand

NZHC Conference 2018 – An epic weekend of home-brewing goodness.

Check out the full programme of events here

Craft Brewery Bus Tour “The Imbiber” @ i-SITE Nelson
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am

Get on board and visit local craft breweries in the Nelson region, talk to the brewer, get a brewery tour and taste their beer! Lunch included. McCashin’s Brewery (Stoke), Eddyline (Richmond), Golden Bear Brewery (Mapua) and Townshend’s Brewery (Motueka).

Bus leaves from i-SITE Nelson : Corner Trafalgar & Halifax Streets, Nelson Central.

Fresh Hop Brew Release @ The Free House
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Each year Hop Federation make one of the first fresh hopped brews in the country launching it at The Free House the night before Marchfest. 


Inaugural North Vs South Wild Beer Challenge @ CBD
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 12:00 am

Nelson’s inaugural wild beer challenge – featuring 10 of the best brewers in New Zealand. Everyone’s brought their best to the table, enjoy food trucks and music throughout the day.

Craft Beer Depot

BrewMania – Beer Judging & Tasting @ Trafalgar Pavilion, Trafalgar Park
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 12:00 am
BrewMania - Beer Judging & Tasting @ Trafalgar Pavilion, Trafalgar Park | Nelson | Nelson | New Zealand

An evening of organised chaos, fun and beer tasting that will identify the BrewMania Champion Brewer for #nzhc2018. A home-brew competition like no other, BrewMania allows you to enter beer as a competing brewer or as a judge – or both! As a judge there will be plenty of beer to taste and you will help to decide who the winners will be!

The winner will receive the biggest prize ever for any home-brew competition in New Zealand… a trip to HomebrewCon, USA.

Check out full details here: 

Thanks to Gladfield Malt and The Grainfather for their support.

Fresh Hop @ Burger Culture
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for the launch of Hop Federation’s 2018 Fresh Hop brew. Plus, buy a pint of the good stuff and get 20% off any burger!

Burger Culture

In-Store Tastings & Meet The Brewer @ Richmond Fresh Choice
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Richmond Fresh Choice is hosting Auckland brewery Outlier Cartel with in-store tastings! hang out and chat with co-founder Carlos de la Barra to find out how they started, their vision and approach to beer. 


Outlier Cartel

MarchFest @ Founders Park Nelson
Mar 24 @ 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm

MarchFest is Nelson-Tasman’s unique craft beer and music festival featuring – 22 brand new never-before-tasted beers, live music from seven great acts, including Kiwi soul diva, Hollie Smith. 

Please check with the venue to confirm dates and times.

Tickets for Nelson Beer Events (if ticketed) will be available from individual venues. MarchFest tickets are available from