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Lonely Planet toasts our region’s craft beers

Nelson’s Craft Beer Trail has been singled out as one of the country’s 12 new favourite recommendations in the latest edition of the traveller’s bible The Lonely Planet New Zealand.

The newest and 16th edition of the guide book says that “Nelson has a bad (read:good) case of craft beer fever, so if your budget allows it, hoppiness awaits.

“The Nelson region lays claim to the title of craft-brewing capital of New Zealand. With world-class hops grown here since the 1840s, and a dozen breweries spread between Nelson and Golden Bay, it’s got a pretty good case.”

The book advises picking up a copy of the Nelson Craft Beer Trail map and meandering between brewers and pubs.

Its top picks for a tipple are The Free House in Nelson, the Moutere Inn, Mapua’s Golden Bear and Golden Bay’s Mussel Inn.

It also plugs the Sprig and Fern and the Vic Brew Bar, and says cheaper establishments are on Bridge St.

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

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