Wellington in a Pint (or four)

by The Masked Barfly on March 16, 2012

“Would you like to come and drink free beer?” the message asked. What does a self-respecting barfly say to that? ‘No’? And so the Fly found itself buzzing around the advertising types at the Fork & Brewer last night for the launch of Clemenger’s new Wellington in a Pint campaign.

Advertising types are not the Fly’s usual crowd, but the Fly likes Wellington, the Fly likes pints, and the Fly cannot help admiring the Clems for dreaming up the most devious way of putting an awful lot of beer on the expense account that it has ever seen.

It works like this: Clemenger has got together with the Craft Beer Capital pubs plus breweries Tuatara, Garage Project, Parrotdog and Yeastie Boys (devastatingly handsome and intelligent folks all) for a competition to express the Wellington experience in the medium of beer.

Image of Wellington in a Pint beer-mat entry forms. Punters submit their ideas of what Wellington in a beer would taste like through the internet, or on the special beer-mats in the participating pubs; in April, these ideas become the basis for a home-brewing competition from which four big winners will be selected and turned into real, commercial limited-edition beers by the breweries. You, gentle reader, can get your round in on the Wellington in a Pint website, on Facebook or Twitter (@wlginapint, #wlginapint), or—and the Fly particularly recommends this option—throw yourself a pub-crawl using this Google Map or this Foursquare list.

The Fly’s evening was rather soured, though, by Councillor John Morrison using his two minutes on the mic—while supposedly representing Positively Wellington Tourism—to do a ‘hurr hurr the Mayor’s a hippy’ routine. Don’t be a dick, Mystery. Beer is deliciously apolitical.

Tacky political antics aside, the Fly approves. And it was particularly entertained by the random brewery name generator in the website sign-up form; it will be finding whatever excuses it can to work “Swan Splat” into conversations henceforth.

Ken March 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

He does a Celia gag every time. I think it’s a software glitch.

Andrew March 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

John Morrison really comes across as a cock every time he opens his mouth. Like recently, when he wanted councillors to get ipads because it was “more environmentally friendly and cost effective” than printing documents. Tui billboard right there.

keith March 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

In fairness to him, I’ve actually found my iPad staggeringly useful for dealing with documents. When it broke, a couple of months back, the volume of paper on my desk very noticeably increased.

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