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In a suburban garage a craft brewer drops superheated volcanic rocks into his vat to caramelise a new brew. In a restaurant kitchen a chef creates ice cream with sweet, malty stout. On the waterfront, containers of Wellington brew are loaded on ships for export. And in a sunny city beer garden a group of friends ask “So what shall we try this time?”
The best place to start exploring Wellington’s craft beer is one of our specialist craft beer bars. Check out the Craft Beer Capital Trail for a self-guided tour of Wellington's welcoming craft bars. When you're downtown, you're never more than a short walk away from a delicious glass of local craft brew.
Taste. It’s what craft beer is all about. From your very first sip, a craft beer demands your attention. Rich malts, floral hops and special ingredients artfully balanced by the brewer. When you love craft beer, there’s always a brand new brew to try. But if you want to know where to start, here are a few of our favourite Wellington craft beers to look out for.
Some perfect ultra-authentic styles of the past. Some break all the rules to create inspired new flavours. All of them have a love of beermaking, and a philosophy behind how they do it. Let’s introduce you to some of Wellington's craft beer heroes.
Join in the celebrations at New Zealand’s premier craft beer festival as we take you on a journey of beer enlightenment at Beervana. With over 200 craft beers on offer, the opportunity to meet many of New Zealand’s best brewers as well as some international guests, and delectable food and beer matches, you won't want to miss New Zealand’s most immersive craft beer event.