Beer lovers offered train to expo

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Oamaru beer lovers will have the chance to attend a craft beer expo in Dunedin by train in September.

The Dunedin Craft Beer Expo, which is being held on September 20, will be offering an eight carriage train from Oamaru to the event at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Organiser Matthew Black, who has worked in the craft beer industry for a number of years, said he decided to have a train from Oamaru because it provided a safe way there and back for North Otago residents wanting to go.

A train will go from Oamaru at 12pm on the day and can pick anyone with a ticket up on the way, whether they are at a designated stop or not.

“It can pull up wherever,” he said.

The two-and-a-half hour train ride will culminate at the Dunedin Railway Station where the same train will be used for home brew seminars and public seating.

The evening will be about getting people there and creating a good experience, Mr Black said.

“It will be a good, fun day out.

“The whole point of the event is for people to try and taste as many beers as they can.”

People don’t need a whole glass of each beer, it is more about tasting different ones, he said.

Mr Black said the expo will be held at the railway station because it has “heart and soul” and it used to be the busiest station in New Zealand.

There will be 32 breweries from around New Zealand, Australia and Mexico at the event along with local food and eight Dunedin bands which will appeal to all ages.

The Dunedin Craft Beer Expo will be held at the Dunedin Railway Station on Saturday, September 20 from 3pm-9.30pm.

Tickets for the train ride are $85 which include the train ride, the event ticket, a souvenir glass and a bus ride home

Tickets can be purchased through Taieri Gorge Railway on 03 477 4449 or through the event website www.dunedincraftbeerexpo.co.nz.

By RUBY HARFIELD