Best Craft Breweries New Zealand: Pull up a Stool and Enjoy a Brew

Best Craft Breweries New Zealand: Pull up a Stool and Enjoy a Brew
Jason Nockels

Written by Jason Nockels

There is a good reason as to why craft breweries are popping up all over the world.  People love getting to try amazing indie beers that are unique.  These beers are often small-batch and offer a wide range of flavours.  Stopping by a few of these craft breweries while motoring around New Zealand can lead you to discover some amazing tastes during your vacation.

Brothers Beer in Auckland Central

Brothers Beer is a true beer lover’s paradise.  They have a huge selection of craft beers on tap and in the bottle from around the world, including their own brews from the 4,800 litres (1,268 gallons) onsite brewery.  This brewery, tasting lounge and retail store will keep beer connoisseurs happy for hours. 

The Twisted Hop in Woolston

The Twisted Hop offers tasty pub food, wine, craft beers from around the globe and their own selection of brews onsite.  Enjoy freshly crafted beers and real ale made the traditional way.  Check out their weekly events to see what fun you might be having when you visit.  From a quiz night to open mic poetry night, find something unique to do.    

Scott’s Brewing Co. in Oamaru

Scott’s Brewing Co. views itself as a rebel noting that Oamaru had more taverns and lady of the night establishments than anywhere else in the country.  Enjoy their beer garden and deck on sunny days while having a pint of beer and a slice or two from their pizza kitchen.  It is interesting to note that they bill themselves as the only maker of gluten-free beer in the country. 

Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn in Christchurch Central

Pomeroy’s Old Brewery is a great place to get a little history while enjoying a pint at a family operated establishment.  Be ready for their own craft beers to be on tap, with some limited run and seasonal varieties that will help to keep each visit unique.  They offer music, quiz nights and other regular events if the wide variety of beers and delicious food is not enough to get you in the door.   

Fork & Brewer in Wellington

The combination of food and beer in the name of Fork & Brewer should be a clue into how important they feel that they should go together.  They have pairings for all of their regular dishes to match the beers on tap.  They are also proud to note that they utilise their beer as an ingredient for their dishes to add flavour. On your visit, you will notice that the beer is being made right there in the corner of the establishment. 

These fine craft breweries are just the tip of the sudsy iceberg when it comes to finding the perfect pint or two while traveling.  At most of these locations, you can even enjoy a lovely meal to pair with the craft brews available on tap.  Your taste buds and stomach will thank you for the excursion.