Wellingtonians tend not to 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 beer the city has to offer. 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 7 breweries in this central Wellington guide, 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!
1Fork and Brewer
With a whopping 40 beers on tap and even more in bottles, there’s something for everyone at this brewery and restaurant.
2Fortune 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.
4Heyday Beer Co
Perhaps the best-designed brewpub on the list. It’s complete with pastels, flamingo wallpaper, and an outdoor area.
5Choice Bros. (Previously HUSK)
This restaurant and brewery is known for ‘innovative, experimental, and occasional mad beers’.
6 Parrotdog Brewery
Bitterbitch, their OG IPA, started it all. Now they’re making ‘nice’ beers in their new brewery/restaurant/gallery.
7Whistling 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, you should know that all of the breweries offer some food items.
Choice Bros 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. Just know it’s pretty hard to go wrong.
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