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Hi Steph, Could you elaborate on what the set up is this year. I've heard that volunteers will be serving beer not the brewers. Is that the case?
Sure...The Beervana brand has been bought by David Cryer of Cryer Malts (and the Chairperson of the Brewers Guild). David is keen to build Beervana as NZ premier craft beer event. He is working on a different format to hopefully grow the event.
This year there will be about 10 bars, representing different regions of New Zealand, from Auckland to Otago. There will also be a (fingers-crossed) real beer bar, a festive brew bar, an Australian beer bar and a cider bar.
In order to support the success of the event, we are relying on volunteers to work behind the bars. There will be about 40 bar service roles at each session. There will also be people helping out with the container and stocking the beer, people assisting with merchandising and with the educational sessions.
I hope to run the volunteering similarly to other year, but with bigger numbers, so the volunteers will work hard but also (hopefully) get a bit of a break during the event. There are the usual t-shirt and free session, but also this year $20 worth of tokens as part of the volunteer package.
The idea is to have the brewers at the event, but being able to spend more time talking with the punters, rather than serving their beers. This should make them a bit more available to the crowd.
What it does mean is I need 60 volunteers per session, and about 300 in total; double last time...EEekk! So, convince your friends and sign up!