Brewing at the bays: Parrotdog

When the wind blows a certain way, you can smell the hops brewing at Parrotdog Brewery in Lyall Bay


Lyall Bay


60-66 Kingsford Smith Street
Lyall Bay

There’s a lot you can do at the relaxed brewery bar a street back from Lyall Bay beach: surfers can turn up in jandals with a board under one arm, and dog walkers can take their pooches inside and cool off with a local beer.

Parrotdog Brewery is so close to the airport that it’s perfect for a cold one before or after a flight.

For punters wanting to literally see where their beer comes from, the brewery has launched weekend brewery tours.

Beer fans can see the huge stainless steel tanks where Parrotdog brews its core—range beers, monthly limited release ReinCanation series and their small batch, L.B. (Lyall Bay) Beer series, which is exclusively available at Parrotdog Bar and their cellar door, Nice Takeaway.

The tours have been launched to reveal the story behind one of Wellington’s craft beer success stories.

Parrotdog began in 2011 when three university students – all called Matt (Kristofski, Warner and Stevens) – began brewing beer. It wasn’t long before they became one of the country’s fastest-growing craft brewers.

After crowdfunding a combined $3 million, the three Matts opened their new brewery, Nice. Takeaway and Parrotdog Bar in Lyall Bay.

Parrotdog Brewery’s bar serves comfort food to wash down with beer, and holds quiz nights, Wednesday burger nights, taco Friday, and monthly live gigs.

It’s a place with the mantra “come as you are’’, decorated in a 1970s style reminiscent of a bar or bottle shop of that era.

Come as you are is about being a bar for everyone and we’ve worked to capture this idea by designing a home away from home, somewhere that anyone and everyone can feel comfortable in

Co owner, Matt Kristofski

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