(Updated April 29, 2011)
Are you a beer tourist, too? We love to visit breweries and brewpubs when we travel, so we always search the web for local beers at our destination. Even day trips from home usually include a beer focused stop somewhere along the way. Brewing in the Nelson region and across the top of the South Island has expanded quite a bit since we moved here, but the online information isn’t keeping up. Some great brewers and tap-houses are scarcely represented on the internet.
We have been frustrated to find that none of New Zealand’s best beer websites, including SOBA, RealBeer and the Brewers Guild have a complete list of our local producers. In some cases, it was a struggle to find an address or phone number at all. For interactive maps, the best two we found were the Beer Mapping Project and the RealBeer map, but they also are incomplete. RealBeer hasn’t yet completed any of the South Island.
So, in the can-do Kiwi spirit, “if you can’t find it, make it.” Here is our attempt at a comprehensive list of brewers in the top of the south, with an updated map showing where you can visit them, or at least try their beers. We have included a number of quality beer focused pubs and cafes serving NZ craft beers.
Our list and map cover the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions.
(no restaurant, just beer)
(restaurant with brewing on premises)
(no brewing, just food and beer)
Our Nelson NZ Beer Map includes:
Breweries (yellow building) Brewpubs (blue food and drink) Pubs (green building) and Points of Interest (green pin)
View Nelson NZ Beer Map in a larger map
We have done our best to provide current information in the map descriptions, but these are mostly small businesses with a lot of seasonal flexibility. Most brewers don’t bite, so don’t be afraid to phone ahead and confirm before showing up. When you do arrive, you will often find the brewer staffing the counter, ready to entertain all your pesky beer fanatic questions while trying to run the whole show alone.
- For a handy printable map, see The Beer Tourist – South Island – Upper