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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traditional methods are used to brew Bays beer naturally, which is made at the Bays Brewery in Nelson.
Epic beer boasts variety: pale ale, lager, Armageddon I.P.A and Hop Zombie. Look out for seasonal beers too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike’s Organic Brewery is Based in Taranaki. There are 14 beers to choose from.
Aotearoa Breweries in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty has 11 award-winning beers.
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