Ground Up Brewing

Monday2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Tuesday2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Wednesday2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Thursday2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Friday2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Saturday2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Sunday2:00 – 6:00 pm.

4 Gordon Road

021 273 9464

A brewery and bottle shop all in one, this off-licence offers a try-before-you-buy option, and Ground Up owner/operators Oli and Jules are happy to fill up whatever riggers you bring in.

Climbing pals for some years now, the two young brewers met originally while doing some rope access work, so are no strangers to heading confidently into unknown territory. Relying completely on their own passion, knowledge and hardworking attitude (rather than big investment help) means Ground Up has an unmistakable humble edge to it - it’s clear these brewers are doing it for the love of beer.

From early days simply brewing in their garage, the business was quickly unable to keep up with demand unless it expanded, and although the location may be a little nondescript, Oli says that just makes it even more pleasing when customers seek them out and come specifically for the Ground Up taste.

All the good stuff happens out back and if you’re lucky enough to find yourself on one of the tours about town, you’ll likely get a peek at where the magic happens. If you haven’t got the time to head out to the Gordon Road spot, never fear, find Ground Up beers in Kika, Cork, Federal Diner, Kai Whaka Pai, and Big Fig (not to mention a handful of places in Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wellington and Dunedin too).

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

4 Gordon Road

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