Five of the best: where to fill your own beer

A bottle being filled up with craft beer at The Brewery Christchurch.

Bring your own bottle? How about filling your own bottle - of delicious, fresh craft beer, that is.

We know the local shops housing the craftiest brews ready to be selected - and poured - by you. Now that is what we call takeaways.

Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn

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292 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

One of the city’s coolest little pubs also has a very cool four tap rigger filler in its brewery. Here, the taps are pouring Beer Baroness when the brewery is open, loosely midday to 5pm on weekdays and a few hours on a Saturday.

Just like the relaxed, welcoming pub atmosphere of Pomeroy’s the brewery is laid back, too. Those seeking the fresh pours are asked to “just ring the bell” so Cameron the brewer can help you out. Cameron will also let you in on some insider brewing info and give you a glimpse of what goes into the fresh brew you’re about to drink straight from the source.

Three Boys Brewery

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592 Ferry Road, Woolston

Three Boys Brewery has been offering rigger and growler fills direct from the brewery since 2013. Currently they have up to ten ever changing options of brewery fresh beer straight from the door to customers’ bottles - preferably non-plastic ones. The boys (and girls) at Three Boys suggest bringing in glass or stainless steel bottles, and even have some available there for purchase.

The Brewery

3 Garlands Road, Christchurch

Visiting the home of Cassels at The Tannery is always a treat, so why not take some of that treat home with you? At the bar you can fill your own reusable vessel with the offerings of extra pale ale, APA, milk stout, lager, pilsner, dunkel and other limited release beers. How’s that for a doggy bag?

Punky Brewster

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22B Tyne Street, Addington, Christchurch

Focussed on takeaway beer straight from the keg, Punky Brewster has 20 taps pouring some of New Zealand’s best craft beer. Customers can try before they buy, a tempting offer when lesser known labels sit next to well known varieties. They're adventurous with their selection and committed to filling Cantabrians with the freshest possible beer in flavours they love.

Brew Moon Brewing Company

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12 Markham Street, Amberley

This ‘fillery’ is based just metres from where the Brew Moon magic happen at its Amberley distillery. Here, 16 taps pour the freshest possible home brand beers. Everything from the Moon’s fresh and light raspberry-infused blonde ale to the ever-popular IPAs and rich, dark Belgian Strong Ale. Staff love to be quizzed on their brews, and charge $3 less if you bring your own reusable vessel.

Neat Christchurch & Canterbury Places

Christchurch Farmers Market

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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One of the best food markets in Christchurch.

Austin Club

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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If you like your bars secret, check out Austin Club tucked in a basement, down an alleyway. Oh, and you'll need the password, too.

The Craft Embassy

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Great beer, great food, great views. Craft Embassy is the whole package and more.

Brew Academy

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Brew Academy gives you the chance to learn to brew, grab a pint from their tap room, and get a mean feed from Smoke ’n’ Barrel, who operate out of the same premises. There’s a lot on offer at Brew Academy, and good beer ties it all together.