Wellingtonians tend to not take themselves too seriously. But, if there’s one thing they’re serious about, it’s their beer. Being called the ‘Craft Beer Capital’ is no easy feat, and Wellington wears that honor with pride.
New breweries continue to pop up, as do bars and restaurants showcasing all the local craft beers. To get a true taste of Wellington, exploring the craft beer scene is essential.
To help you out, we’ve created the ultimate guide to Wellington breweries. The best part of this beer tour? Aside from great beer, of course! All the breweries are in walking distance or a quick Uber ride away from one another.
There are 9 breweries in central Wellington, and they’re all worth a visit. Split them up over a couple days, or do them all in one day – and if you do the latter, we’re seriously impressed!
Happy (beer) drinking!
1Black Dog Brewery Co
Along with their solid collection of staple beers, they keep it interesting by creating limited release alternatives.
2Fork and Brewer
With a whopping 40 beers on tap and even more in bottles, there’s something for everyone at this brewery and restaurant.
3Fortune Favours Beer
A brewpub making innovative and fun beers onsite. For the hop-lovers, they even offer hop oil to make your brew extra intense.
A Wellington staple, they showcase wild blends along with their solid classics in some of the most creative labels in town.
5Heyday Beer Co
Perhaps the best-designed brewpub on the list. It’s complete with pastels, flamingo wallpaper, and an outdoor area.
Technically a restaurant, but it’s also home to Choice Bros Brewing. They’re known for ‘innovative, experimental, and occasional mad beers’.
Bitterbitch, their OG IPA, started it all. Now they’re making ‘nice’ beers in their new brewery/restaurant/gallery.
A casual microbrewery featuring 14 taps. They also do a weekly ‘Tasting Experience’ that pairs food with their beer.
9Whistling Sister Beer Co
While brewery tours are only on Saturdays, they offer tasting flights daily in The Fermentery, their on-site brewery and restaurant.
Where to Eat:
Since you’ll probably need some food to stay standing on your brewery tour, here’s what to know. Except for Black Dog Brewery Co, all of the breweries offer some food items.
Husk and Heyday Beer Co get our vote for best food. But if you’re looking for snacks or sandwiches, Fortune Favors Beer and Parrotdog Brewery are good options too.
Wellington is one of the best cities in the world to enjoy craft beer. Visiting and tasting the local brews is a must-do when in New Zealand’s capital.
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