If you've acquired a taste for craft beers, you can satisfy your thirst on The Coromandel with four additions to the locally available selection of ales and brews. Made right here in our backyard, quite literally. Homebrew – real brews Coro’ style, made at home by:
Blue Fridge Brewery
As a lad, Adam Coleman Smith inherited a homebrew kit from his beloved grandfather and soon started experimenting with the brewing process. A surfing OE followed, combining his love of waves and a thirst for tasty frosty ales as he travelled the world. Back in Kuaotunu, he decided to take his interest in beers to the next level and after sharpening his brewing skills, created a “libation laboratory”, a sustainable nano-brewery in what was his cottage bedroom in the bush.
Since then he’s been having a great time growing hops, crafting new draughts and satisfying the ever-increasing thirst for his quenching brews.
Tempt your taste buds with the following, only at Luke’s Kitchen, right on the beach at Kuaotunu, and Rising Can festival each year: Riwakasaurus Rex - Session IPA, Salty Sea Dog - White IPA, Sweet As – German Wheat Beer, seasonal faves such as The Other Woman - Irish Red, and feisty summery non-alcoholic ginger beer, The Local Ginger. And there's more….
They all go well with the pizzas from the wood-fired oven, live summer music and laid back ambience at Luke’s Kitchen.
Hot Water Brewing Co
As part of their dream to develop their farm at Whenuakite, Dawn and Don Walker have turned an old hay barn into a micro-brewery at their holiday park. They teamed up with brewer Dave Kurth, passionate about good beer, who started his beery profession in England, and took it around the world, perfecting his brewing skills.
If you’re on the way to Hot Water Beach, or you are looking for a tranquil rural setting for a few days R and R, you can’t go past the Hot Water Brewing Company without calling in for a cleansing ale.
The menu includes Croppers Tun (pilsner), CoriMandAle (fruity summer ale), Golden Steamer Ale, Walkers Porter and more…
Wicked kids’ playground too, everyone welcome. Home of Rising Can, a celebration of canned beer, good food and great music, held in November each year.
The Coromandel Brewing Company
As the elder statesman of the Coro’ micro breweries, this one was born out of a pommie couple’s love for craft beer and the lack of good drops available when they moved to Matarangi from England. A hobby brewery in the garage was cranked up to produce more commercially viable quantities (to fund the beery hobby), and now, less than 10 years later, The Coromandel Brewing Company sits in a fine custom-built establishment right in the village centre of Hahei. Now including the Pour House, a restaurant with a great garden bar and the cutest Pub Dog, Max. Yes, he is allowed inside.
Hang out in Hahei with the locals and wash down a delicious pizza with a drop of The Dark Side (like it says), Easy Rider (Pale Ale), Good as Gold (pilsner style), Hahei Doctor, Munted Monk (Belgian style) ……or one of many other frosties.
Coromandel Brewing Co craft beers are available around The Coromandel.
MK Brewing Company
Created on site at the Coromandel Mussel Kitchen, there’s no better pairing than ales flavoured with locally grown hops with fresh Coro’ saltwater clams. Located on the corner of the 309 Road, just south of Coromandel Town, a tranquil setting for a relaxing brew after a day’s fishing or sightseeing.
Dispatch succulent molluscs with a swig of Gun Smoke Ale, Gold Digger Pilsner or Godzone Ginger Beer.
Home to the annual Coromandel Mussel Festival, Waitangi weekend.
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