Go NZ: Where to find New Zealand’s best craft beer bars and breweries

Instead, suggests Brett Atkinson, get your fix of interesting and innovative brews by visiting the best pubs and taprooms in and around our biggest cities.


Wood-fired pizza partners with McLeods’ award-winning brews at the Pizza Barn in Waipū’s former post office. Ask about their latest 802 beer, an ongoing series of fresh hazy brews harnessing different hop varieties. Further south in Matakana, 8 Wired’s Barrelworks specialises in sour and barrel-aged beers, and food trucks drop by most weekends.

Food trucks — including Lucky Taco and Miso-ra Ramen — regularly team with beers from Urbanaut and Yeastie Boys at Urbanaut’s Kingsland brewery, while other nearby venues along the Auckland Beer Mile include The Beer Spot, the Auckland taproom of Wellington’s Garage Project, and Galbraith’s Alehouse. Try their British-influenced ales and definitely book ahead for Galbraith’s popular Sunday roast.

At the city end of Dominion Rd, Churly’s Brew Pub & Eatery is scheduled to open around mid-July with housemade charcuterie partnering with big and bold beers from Behemoth Brewing. Settle into an Auckland winter with Behemoth’s smooth Good Morning Vietnam imperial stout made with Vietnamese coffee.

Elsewhere in Auckland, Epic’s Onehunga taproom is open on Friday and Saturday afternoons, with one of the country’s pioneering craft breweries also partnering with local food trucks, while across on Waiheke Island, Alibi Brewing Company combines seasonal brews and vineyard views at Tantalus Estate.

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