Crazy about Hazy? All about the stouts? Time to read our CHC Craft Beer Guide
Christchurch has a raft of excellent craft beer bars at its disposal and, quite frankly, that’s great news for locals and visitors alike. If you’re on the hunt for a bar that serves high quality brews with a similarly authentic vibe, we suggest having a perusal through our Christchurch Craft Beer Guide. We won’t claim it as definitive, but it's a bloody good attempt. Any visit to one of these top establishments will likely have you ordering another round faster than you can say ‘blimey they’re crafty..’.
Best on Tap - Craft Beer Bars
Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn
292 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
First up, Pomeroy's. Let’s face it, they are pub royalty around these parts. The fitout is a faithful ode to a traditional English pub, carpet and all. Pomeroys does a sterling job of giving patrons a taste of England and, whatsmore, they have an extensive and very fine selection of beer. Take your pick from their famous ever-changing blackboard - choosing one will be the hardest part. There are even a couple of hand pulls for the die-hard fans of room temperature ale (it ain’t everyone's cup of tea). If you’re feeling peckish while you’re here, they also serve tip-top pub grub.
Moon Under Water
152 Somerfield Street
There is a lot to love about Moon Under Water. This laidback neighbourhood bar does not shy away from stocking a healthy range of craft beers and stouts. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff, led by master publican/owner Matt Kamstra, are on hand to steer you capably towards your next pint. In fact, Moon Under Water sources one of the widest ranges of craft sours, pilsners, IPAs, APAs, lagers and ciders. Look out for taps serving “Moon Unit” brews from their associated brewing company, as these guys know what they’re doing.
Canterbury Brewers' Collective
96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
For those looking for the latest and greatest craft drops, we recommend heading to Canterbury Brewers Collective at Riverside Market. Owned by craft beer aficionado, Chris Ruske, his raison d'etre is giving the people of Christchurch incredibly tasty beer to drink (and he does tenfold). The beer line-up at Canterbury Brewers’ Collective changes almost daily, so there’s always a new brew to be discovered. You can take a perch at the bar, sample a few and get on board for some beer banter, as well as taking advantage of their takeaway off-licence. Don’t dally.
84 Falsgrave Street, Waltham, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
Nestled in the back streets of Waltham, you’ll find Brew Academy aka homebrewers’ heaven. The industrial warehouse is a literal academy that imparts the skills and wisdom needed for homebrewing. If you’re keen to try, start out with Brew Academy’s ‘Learn the Steps’ course, and if that’s not your jam, you can just kick back and sample the delicious hoppy goods. There are a good range of beers rotating on tap where you may find something session-y or maybe something rather punchy.
The Craft Embassy
The Terrace Level One/126 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
The Craft Embassy, smack bang on Oxford Terrace, permeates with craft beer followers. With over thirty taps of craft beer, their impressive yet fail-safe selection will delight even the trickiest of customers. With plenty of space to spread out, and picturesque river views, this is a great spot for bigger crowds and mixed tastes.
144 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
Dux Central is a multi-talented bar offering a mash up of different options at its East Block locale (including a well-stocked craft beer bar). The Brew Bar, as it is known, pays homage to a ridiculous amount of craft beers, 200 and counting! So if you’re looking for an exponential amount of choices, you’ve hit the jackpot here. The fun and relaxed atmosphere means you can happily sip away on a couple of pints before scoping out their well versed menu.
17 West Belt, Lincoln, Christchurch & Canterbury
Take a little road trip out of the central city to Lincoln and you'll stumble across The Laboratory an excellent pub that offers an excellent range of craft beer brewed onsite. The Laboratory dabble in creating a line-up of delicious beers including some English style hand-pulled real ales straight from the cask. ENA Milk Stout instantly grabbed our attention, a tribute to Coronation Street battleaxe Ena Sharples who love to sink a few at the Rovers Return.
Get it to Go - Takeaways
22B Tyne Street, Addington, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
If you’re in a hurry, Punky Brewster could delay you. Nonetheless, they have such an outstanding offering you’ll want to go and check it out, time pressure or not. Their fridges are toe-to-toe (can-to-can?) packed full of obscure and well-loved craft beers from across Aotearoa. Rachel and her family, live and breathe craft beer and will be odds on to recommend a yummy beer for you to imbibe. Bring a rigger and take advantage of their curated beer taps too, or sit down and enjoy your pint on-site.
The Beer Library
78 Buchan St, Sydenham, Christchurch
A library of beer? Surely this can only spell one thing: a jolly good time! The Beer Library boasts an eclectic array of independent craft beer and IPAs from New Zealand and around the world. They secure all the latest releases from the big dogs and have a fully functioning draft station for growler and rigger fills. You can even visit their online shop and have beer delivered to your door, if you’re that way inclined.
The Good Drop
7 Durham Street, Rangiora
The Good Drop in Rangiora provides just that, a good drop. They have space for you to sit and stay and eat, but also a refillery option if you need to grab and dash. They specialise in seasonal brews, mixing up their offering with regularity, and also spotlight Yellow Box Brewing who is brewing beer locally in Rangiora. Whether you decide to stay or go, a visit is bound to reap malty hoppy goodness.
Southpaw Brewing Company
5 Edmonton Road, Hornby, Christchurch
It doesn’t get much fresher and local than Southpaw. You can grab beers straight from the source at their brewery in Hornby South. It’s a small takeaway spot but still has a solid selection of their core line-up. Keep your eyes peeled for their award-winning Riding Pine Red IPA and their OG offering Uncle Charlie, a very tasty American Pale Ale.
Three Boys Brewery
592 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
If you find yourself out Woolston ways, make a brewery b-line to Three Boys who have a penchant for the finest quality beer with the finest possible taste. Can't argue with a philosphy like that. The friendly staff will be happy to point you in the direction of their well-stocked fridge packed with bottles and cans to takeaway or just fill up a rigger. There's even the option to order a keg for your next par-tay!
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