(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
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
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
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