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April 3rd, 2020


Hāpi 2020 Symposium & Festival

Event Update - See Details Below

Event Update

We are sad to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Hāpi Symposium and Festival, due to take place in Wellington, New Zealand on April 3rd and 4th.  Due to the travel restrictions and quarantine measures put in place by the New Zealand government, and in the interest of public health here in New Zealand and globally, the decision has been made to cancel the event.  Full refunds will be given to tickets purchased for both the Symposium and the Festival through Eventbrite, you will be contacted, through that platform, with confirmation of refunds.  Please be patient, as this can take a little time to work through.

The Hāpi Symposium is designed as a gathering of craft beer and hop industry participants from across the globe and we are truly disappointed that it won’t be taking place this year.  We have put months and months of time and effort into planning a fantastic gathering.  Although the Symposium is cancelled in its current form, we are looking into the option to create a virtual host for the Hāpi 2020 Symposium talks so they could be made available to anyone interested in the technical aspects of hoppy beer.

We wish everyone good health and we will post any updates as they are available.

The Hāpi Team


Why was Hāpi 2020 Beer Festival and Symposium Cancelled? 

Given the developments over the past 48 hours, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Hāpi 2020 Beer Festival and Symposium. We have been closely monitoring updates from the WHO and the NZ Government, and given the recent travel ban restrictions and likely bans on large gatherings we are unable to proceed with Hāpi 2020. The well being of our staff and fan community are of the utmost importance to us, and this course of action is the only way to guarantee that.

Is Hāpi 2020 postponed to a later date or rescheduled for another date in 2020? 

Hāpi 2020 Beer Festival and Symposium is cancelled, not rescheduled to a later date.

When/where is Hāpi 2021?

Hāpi 2021 date and location are still TBA, but it will most definitely be going ahead, coinciding with the 2021 NZ Hop Harvest.

What is the attendee refund policy?

Garage Project will provide a full refund of Hāpi 2020 Festival & Symposium tickets for all attendees. Attendees will receive an email confirming your refund in the coming days. You do not need to request a refund. They will be issued automatically.

When will refunds be issued? 

The refund will be credited to the attendees bank account or card used for purchase within 14 business days, depending on the bank. Please contact us if you have any questions at info@garageproject.co.nz

Will attendees be refunded for hotel/airline tickets?

No, attendees must contact their hotel/lodging/airlines directly to cancel reservations.

Will any Hāpi Symposium talks be made available virtually?

The Hāpi 2020 Symposium is cancelled in its current form. We are currently looking into the option to create a virtual host for Hāpi 2020 Symposium talks and/or presentations.


This annual event is a gathering of craft beer and hop industry participants from across the globe, for a day of talks covering the latest research from the hop world, brewing techniques, and experiences from breweries and other industries.  This event creates opportunities to build stronger, direct relationships, share best practices, and hear about the latest in hop research, brewing techniques, and market tastes and trends. The Hāpi Symposium is a great opportunity for domestic and international craft brewers, scientists, hop breeders and growers to engage in collaborative discussions, information sharing, and networking.

About the events

Hāpi 2020 is a unique opportunity for the brewing industry to connect and learn. A selection of the world’s best breweries have been invited to New Zealand to share their hop forward beers and techniques with New Zealand brewers and beer fans alike, all while celebrating the 2020 NZ hop harvest.

There are two components to Hāpi 2020: a public facing Invitational Festival, and the industry focused Symposium.

Hāpi Research Symposium is a full day programme to share the latest thinking, development, techniques, and research efforts around brewing hop forward, expressive beers. The Symposium will be held on April 3rd at The Opera House in Wellington NZ.

See more information on the Symposium event page here

Hāpi Festival is a unique chance to taste beers rarely available in NZ, and meet the brewers behind them. Hāpi Festival will be held on April 4th at Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre in Wellington NZ.

See more information on the Festival event page here

Festival Line-Up:

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co
Balter Brewing Company
Beavertown Brewery
Cellarmaker Brewing Company
Cloudwater Brew Co
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Foam Brewers
The Gipsy Hill Brewing Co
Green Cheek Beer Co
Highland Park Brewery
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Modern Times Beer
Northern Monk
Other Half Brewing Company
Pure Project Brewing
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Stillwater Artisanal
The Veil Brewing Co
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Trillium Brewing Company
WeldWerks Brewing Company
Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Young Master 少爺啤

Food by Goldburger, Wilson Barbecue, Lashings, LaBocaLoca.

See more information on the Festival event page here


April 3rd, 2020

Followed by the Garage Project Hāpi International Beer Festival on April 4th


Wellington’s Iconic Opera House

2019 Hāpi Symposium

The first annual Hāpi Symposium took place in April of 2019 and was a great success.  We had an overwhelming response and the event was well attended by a wide range of craft beer and hop industry participants.  The focus of the 2019 symposium was on new developments in craft brewing

View 2019 Symposium Guest Speakers

Watch the videos from our fantastic panel of speakers

Check out the videos from our fantastic panel of speakers on our Youtube Channel