A guide to some of Wellington's finest Craft Breweries
Published 10 May 2021
Boneface Brewing Company
These guys started in 2017 and have taken things to a next level. Owner Matt Dainty developed the Boneface Craft Beer brand from all things beer, sci-fi and legendary music. From beers, food to their crew these guys are a must visit in Wellington.
Situated in Wellington’s tastiest laneway, (Hannah’s Laneway), is an old rustic furniture de-stripping factory turned new innovative craft beer brewery. These guys are pushing the boundaries with both their amazing brews and their support for local sports teams. Sponsors of Wellington’s top men and womens cricket teams along with, football and rugby these guys smash it out of the ball park!
This industrial central Wellington brewery has three things in mind. Make good beer, sell it and put the proceeds towards the research into advanced breast cancer. I kid you you not. One of the owners lost one of his daughters to breast cancer and set the brewery up to fund their charity named the Karen Louisa Foundation which they send all their profits to help advance cancer research and treatments for breast cancer patients.
Panhead Custom Ales
“If you can customise a bike or car in a garage then you should be able to do the same with beer”. Panhead have boosted themselves and within 10 years have become a beer fridge regular in NZ. Their core range is famous but its their small batch being produced on their pilot brewery that gives these guys a 5th gear.
Fork and Brewer
One of the OG’s in the Wellington craft beer scene. Who else has 42 beers on tap with 41 of them being their own….brewed by one guy? Almost every style of beer is represented in their taps and almost every kind of beer desire is satisfied. Situated in the heart of the city this place fills up with city slickers by day and the spiritual craft beer vicars by night.
The rock stars of the NZ craft beer industry. You can find these guys brews everywhere….even Australia. Another OG in Wellington these guys opened for business in 2011 and dropped hop bombs from above ever since. Whether it be a hazy, wildly fermented sour or a wine, these guys are dabbling in all things brewing to sold out audiences. They have two breweries in Wellington, the original situated in an old…..petrol garage.
Heyday Beer Co.
These guys keep Wellington beer fresh on the regular. Their biggest market is local and if you visit you’ll understand why. The decor, the staff and especially the beers are as fresh as a Palm Springs morning in December. Cool. Cool Cool.
Oh….they also have Southward Distilling Co. pumping out some very fine small batch gin.
Double Vision Brewing
When 4 mates start homebrewing, have fun, go more pro but still keep the fun, you get Double Vision Brewing in the suburb of Mirimar, Wellington. Also the home to a little film studio that made a movie about a ring and small people but for the craft beer lover what these guys are producing is way more deserving of an Oscar.
You can literally collect your luggage from the carousel at Wellington’s Airport, sling it over the runway and land it in Parrotdog’s funky lounge bar. (Disclaimer: I do not recommend this). Situated just off Wellington’s famous surf beach of Lyall Bay, (stomping ground of Wellington’s famous funksters “Fat Freddy’s Drop”), these guys have taken inspiration from the great pubs and taverns of yesteryear.
North End Brewery
What's better when you're travelling than to get out of the city and explore a little. Try going to the north west coast of Wellington….to North End Brewery. Brought to life by a bunch of Kiwi’s passionate about food, drink and the coast. Apart from being massive supporters of the Wellington brewing community these guys not only serve great beer but also American style BBQ eats in their very own brew pub, “Salt and Wood Collective”.