Hop in: Wellington's best craft brewers
Craft brewing beer has long passed from being a homebrewers hobby to a staple of the capital. There has never been a better time to like beer and be in Wellington
Heyday Beer Co
264a Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Perched at the top of Cuba Street in a garage-turned-brew-bar, HeyDay Beer Co adds a touch of whimsy to the local craft beer scene.
Decked out with mint green interiors and flourishes of pink (plus flamingos), you'll find in-house beers on tap and plenty of outdoor seating for the perfect summer tipple. They're also sharing space with Southward Mountain Gin if you're that way inclined.
7 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Fortune Favours saved an old industrial building and restored it as a new brewpub, brewing on-site and serving fresh beer and food.
Like a lot of Wellington scene, They love beer and they want to share that love with you. Fortune Favours beers are fun and innovative so take the leap and try something new.
100 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington
A temple of beer, food and fun, Whistling Sisters brew and serve their own beers plus a carefully curated selection of craft beer from Wellington’s best breweries.
The Fermentery has a regularly changing selection of creative food on offer to complement their packed programme of live gigs, tastings, meetups and gatherings.
Fork & Brewer
20 Bond Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The Fork brewing team are known for creating an array of mouthwatering beers - all paired with beautiful artwork and tap badges - with sours and IPAs receiving a lot of attention.
With their inner-city brewpub boasting 40 taps onsite, you know there will be an option for you and your sidekick. If you also come on a sports night, they have a projector screen ready to go!
130 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Despite the name, Mean Doses are actually very kind – they want to provide local beer lovers with a beer range they might not easily find elsewhere.
Mean Doses have ten beers on tap for filling your riggers or takeaway containers, there’s a combination of Mean Doses brews and some invited guest brews. Stop off on the way home at their Tory St Fillery for a mean taste and some nice brews to take home and enjoy.
60/66 Kingsford Smith Street, Lyall Bay, Wellington
With cosy booths, a traditionally-styled bar and a pool table with a view of the brewery, Parrotdog Bar takes its inspiration from the great pubs and taverns of yesteryear. At the heart of the bar is their 15 revolving taps.
Their home in Lyall Bay is the perfect short-stop get away from the city if you feel like a seaside walk and thirst quencher to follow.
Double Vision Brewing
128A Unit E Park Road, Miramar, Wellington
Brought to you by the shared dream and shenanigans of its four creators, Double Vision Brewing is “creating the kind of damn fine beer that delivers mouth parties at your place. With their brewery and taproom situated in Miramar, you can get an insight into the brewing process knocking back a “brewski with ya mates.”
Black Dog Brewery
216 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Black Dog brewery and bar has migrated (...do dogs migrate?) from its longtime Blair Street spot to a different end of town – upper Cuba Street – which has certainly become a lot livelier and more appealing over the last couple of years.
Since launching in 2011, the Brewers have been doing something a little special, a little different and having some fun smashing opposites along the way.