Craft beer tastings are on the menu at Four Points by Sheraton Auckland this month.

In celebration of this year’s Auckland Arts Festival, the hotel is bringing back its Four Points Best BrewsTM Kombi van, with tastings from local craft brewer Tuatara Brewery between March 12 and 21.

Parked up outside the hotel’s Queen’s Head Bar and Eatery, with tables, chairs and DJs Thursday to Saturday, the Best Brews Kombi will be the ideal spot to kick back before a show or to wind down once the work day is done.

With mini beer glass at the ready, guests can sample from a selection of five of the Kapiti Coast brewery’s best beers, including three brand new, limited release ‘new world’ IPAs.

These include the Pacific IPA, bursting with the tropical fruit flavours synonymous with New Zealand and Australian hops and moderately bitter; East Coast Hazy IPA with big citrus and tropical fruit US hop flavours, lower bitterness and the creamy mouthfeel typical of this hugely popular style; and at the more bitter end of the spectrum, a citrus and pine West Coast IPA.

Says Tuatara head brewer Paul Roigard: “New Zealanders have an undeniable thirst for new and interesting craft and no-one can dispute the ongoing love for the new world hop varieties coming out of the US, New Zealand and Australia. While all three new releases are hop forward IPAs, they’re all actually quite different in terms of look, aroma and flavour and intended to showcase the different hops and styles, creating a journey for the drinker.”

With a range of Tuatara beers available on tap and by the bottle, the Kombi will also be serving succulent Korean popcorn chicken – a Queen’s Head favourite – paired with an ice-cold pint of Tuatara for just $15.

Or head next door to the Queen’s Head and relax a while longer with a full bar menu including highlights such as spirulina vegan dumplings, 55 day aged beef brisket sliders and signature Te Mana lamb shoulder, rolled and braised with massaman jus, eggplant pickle and Aloo gobi.

On from 11-29 March, Auckland Arts Festival 2020 features more than 40 of the most exciting events and shows from New Zealand and around the world in in a feast of dance, theatre, music, opera, circus, cabaret, visual arts and aerial spectacle.

Highlights include Snow White, high fashion meeting iconic fairy tale in this darkly delectable retelling imagined by acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and with costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. While the festival’s iconic Spiegeltent by Four Points Auckland in Aotea Square is where you can catch headline circus-cabaret extravaganza Limbo Unhinged, on from 12-29 March, as well as one-off performances by Estere – into the Belly of Capricorn on March 19 and @Peace & The Plutonian Noise Symphony featuring Tom Scott from Home Brew on March 26.

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