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25 Awesome New Zealand Beers

New Zealand loves beer.

The country is a beer making nation with around 150 commercial breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs. Beer accounts for around 60% of alcohol for sale. The beers you will see the most while travelling through New Zealand comes from the 2 biggest breweries: Lion Breweries and DB Breweries. But a lot of small communities caught onto the beer revelation that started in the late 1990s. These beers are made by locals with a passion for beer for those who love drinking beer. Remember to drink responsibly and check out our 11 Drinks You Have to Try in New Zealand.


1. Speight’s

A Lion breweries beer, you can take a tour of the Speight’s Brewery in Dunedin. The brand has grown to have ale houses around the country.


2. Tui

Apart from being an alcoholic beverage, what gives Tui that edge is the trivia question under the bottle cap. But sometimes, we think the trivia questions are a bit drunk too:


3. Lion Red

Pale larger styled beer from Lion Breweries.


4. Monteith’s

Brewed on the West Coast, South Island, you can take a tour or have a taste of the beers at the Monteith’s Brewery. They are known for being a bit experimental, as one time brewers blocked all the brewery’s pipes with chocolate stout.

5. Emerson’s

The Dunedin Brewery has a core range: Pilsner, 1812, bookbinder and London Porter. Plus seasonal and limited edtion beers.


6. Mac’s Beer

Mac’s has a number of brewbars to try the selection on tap. As well as its 7 beers, Mac’s has a popular Ginger beer.


7. DB

DB has been quenching the thirst of beer guzzlers since the 1930s. DB does DB Draught, DB export, DB Bitter and a backpacker’s favourite, Double Brown Beer.


8. Crafty Beggars

Wheat as, bro! Try the 3 craft beers that are crafty… but not too crafty.


9. 8 Wired

Starting up 5 years ago, 8 Wired aims for uniqueness.


10. Bays

Traditional methods are used to brew Bays beer naturally, which is made at the Bays Brewery in Nelson.


11. Epic

Epic beer boasts variety: pale ale, lager, Armageddon I.P.A and Hop Zombie. Look out for seasonal beers too.


12. Moa

The brewery is made in the Marlborough region by wine makers… wait a minute.

13. The Twisted Hop

The Twisted Hop Brewery in Christchurch specialises in English style cask conditioned real ales.


14. Tuatara

Tuatara Brewery is hand crafted in Paraparaumu. It sources ingredients from all over the world.


15. Yeastie Boys

Not just a punny name, Yeastie Boys’ is renowned for its Amaerican style porter, Pot Kettle Black. Made in Wellington.


16. Renaissance

Another brewery situated in the heart of the wine county, Marlborough.


17. Garage Project

New on the beer crafting scene, Garage Project is based in Aro Valley, Wellington. The beers can be sampled at Cellar Door in Wellington.


18. Hallertau

Visit the Brewbar and Restaurant in Riverhead, Auckland to drink their selection of beers fresh from the tanks.


19. Sprig & fern

Sprig & Fern Brewery is part of the Nelson Craft Beer Trail. There are 10 small breweries in the Nelson.


20. BreW moon

Brew Moon is found on tap in Dunedin, Wellington, Invercargill, Blenheim, Christchurch and Nelson. Of course, you can go for tastings at the microbrewery and cafe in Amberley, Canterbury.


21. Captain Cooker

The Mussel Inn in Onekaka, Golden Bay is a brewpub serving its very own Captain Cooker Manuka Beer.


22. Liberty Brewing Co

Liberty Brewing is based in Auckland with a bunch of intriguing beers such as Yakima Monster, Alpha Dogg and Sauvignon Bomb.


23. Hot Water Brewing

The 3 Hot Water Beers can be enjoyed minutes away from Hot Water Beach, Coromandel.


24. Mike’s

Mike’s Organic Brewery is Based in Taranaki. There are 14 beers to choose from.


25. Mata

Aotearoa Breweries in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty has 11 award-winning beers.


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