For all the beer lovers who know that the good stuff is best served in a chilled glass straight from the keg, here's the rundown of top Christchurch spots for craft brews on tap.
THE BREWERY 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston
Pizza and beer is a marriage made in heaven and the best of both is on offer at The Brewery. It is home to Cassels and Sons brewery and Garden city centric wood-fired pizzas. Ten taps are dedicated to guest brewers from around New Zealand and nine Cassels & Sons taps, including three cask-conditioned, hand-pulled options. All the pizzas are named for Christchurch suburbs, including the "Burnham" (mozzarella, pepperoni, olives, red onion and mushrooms) and "Horotane" (pear, blue cheese, bacon and thyme). All toppings are sourced directly with an emphasis on local and free-range/freedom-farmed produce. Concrete floors and wooden tables offer ample indoor and outdoor seating. Non-pizza options can be found in the cabinet.
LITTLE HIGH 255 St Asaph St
This collection of eateries on High Street offers dining and drinking options galore, worlds above a typical food court. Among its eight eateries are 40 taps pouring local craft from Southpaw, Cassels and Sons and Brew Moon, plus others from around the country. You can also find a selection of wines in addition to Caribe Latin Kitchen's authentic margaritas and mojitos. Whether it's a lunch beer you're after, a quick catch up with mates, a unique spot for a business meeting or a Friday 5pm drink up, Little High has everything you need on both the food and drink fronts.
CRAFT EMBASSY Level 1/126 Oxford Tce, Christchurch Central
Head to Craft Embassy for a beer education that is anything but one-size-fits-all. Nestled above the Avon River on The Terrace, this spot offers 30 taps from independent New Zealand craft beers. From sours to stouts pilsners, pale ales, wheat beers and beyond, Craft Embassy has something for beer drinkers of all ages and stages. And the friendly staff have the know-how to help everyone find something they love, including from a robust list of local and international wines and cocktails. Its food offerings include jalapeno poppers, carnitas and southern fried chicken. This spot is well suited to large groups but also offers cosy corners and smaller tables for more intimate brew sessions.
MOON UNDER WATER 152 Somerfield St, Somerfield
Literary types know Moon Under Water as a George Orwell essay that defines 10 elements needed to create the perfect pub. And local beer drinkers know Moon Under Water to be the Somerfield pub that has all 10. Since opening just 16 months ago, Moon Under Water has poured well over 500 unique beers and attracted a loyal following in its support of local, family-owned breweries, distilleries and wineries. It also offers a wide selection of wines, gins, whiskeys, rums and vodkas. Come for a beer but stay for the atmosphere, the books, board games, and knick-knacks, live Sunday jam sessions and delicious plates and pizzas.
POMEROY'S 292 Kilmore St, Christchurch Central
On winter nights, golden light from Pomeroy's warm wooden interior spills onto Kilmore St and beckons passers-by into the English-style pub. This neighbourhood hideaway has extensive craft beer offerings, slightly different pub fare (like a homemade cheese fondue), a beloved monthly quiz night, worn-in leather couches, a library nook and plenty of good chat. There is an impressive 31 beers on tap here, and the ever-changing chalk board uses a colour scheme to inform beer lovers which category each beer falls in to. This place feels like an old friend's home and simply cannot be beaten if you're looking for a cosy, authentic pub. Before you go, pop into Beer Baroness, the fillery located just behind Pomeroy's, to fill up ye' old growler.
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