Get Your Craft Beer Fix At 6 Of The Best Breweries In Auckland

Hallertau Brewery

Riverhead

This Riverhead brewery is the perfect place to sink some of Auckland best craft beers on a summer afternoon. Pull up a chair in the lush biergarten, nibble some snacks fresh from the on-site garden and savor one of their classic range, numbered 1-8. Feeling adventurous? Try the seasonal Clevedon Strawberry Sour or the Mr. Yakimoto Rice Lager.

You’ll see everyone from families and date nights to groups of hikers dropping in for a refreshing beverage and some fries at this Auckland brewery. There’s often live music or DJs to keep you entertained, and there’s always a welcoming local vibe,

Hallertau are known for their creative collaborations, crafting “The Hateful Eight” beer for the release of Quentin Tarantino’s film, the Fat Freddy’s Drop golden Ale beer so keep an eye out for limited edition beers while you’re there.

Don’t miss: Funkonnay, a lean and fruity sour ale that spends a year in Chardonnay barrels.

Little Creatures

Hobsonville

Named for the live yeast cultures present in their beer - affectionately known by brewers as ‘Little Creatures’ - this craft brewery resides in a former air force aircraft hangar in Hobsonville Point.

The brewery fills this enormous space with three eateries (including a cocktail bar), a Havana coffee roastery, a children's playground and event spaces. It's the most family friendly brewery in Auckland, which may be why it’s hugely popular, often welcoming thousands of beer enthusiasts and their families in a single weekend. Luckily Little Creatures can seat around 750 people!

The three dining options offer a variety of food, from classic pub grub like wood-fired pizzas, to café breakfasts, seafood from Salty’s, an extensive vegan menu and some dangerously indulgent desserts. We recommend the Snickers Mess for the ultimate sweet end to your visit.

Little Creatures is temporarily closed during Red, but we look forward to them reopening soon on Friday the 8th of April at 12 noon!

Don’t miss: The legendary Pilsner

Sawmill Brewery

Matakana

Originally based at an old sawmill in Leigh, the Sawmill has earned its spot as one of Auckland’s best breweries since 2004. The relocated ‘Smoko Room’ and brewery now sit in beautiful Matakana Village. Snagging a car park can be tricky on weekends (even more reason to book a shuttle and let us handle the parking!) but the drive is worth it.

Inside the Sawmill Brewery, steel tanks gleam against wood. The interior is very rustic chic, creating a cozy retreat for a winter afternoon. Outside tables take in views of green hills and a few beanbags dot the lawn for those wanting to soak up some sun. The food here is designed to share with friends and family, and dishes incorporate as much local produce as possible. Snack on crispy salted pork scratching or tuck into a whole Kaipara flounder.

Most importantly, Sawmill beer is clean, flavorsome and balanced. Their seasonal beers include some inventive flavours such as citrus and pine, while their Homegrown IPA series collaborates with craft brewers across New Zealand.

Don’t miss: Pink Lemonade Sour brewed using local Matakana lemons and a touch of raspberry puree.

Deep Creek Brewery

Browns Bay

Deep Creek Brews & Eats is the birthplace of Deep Creek Brewing, and now the home of Browns Bay Brewing Company. Located on the main road with a spacious outdoor area overlooking the beach, Deep Creek Brewery is legendary for its award-winning beers, exceptional food and relaxed atmosphere.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with 18 taps offering a selection of their own flavour fueled beers alongside craft beers and ciders from New Zealand’s best craft brewers. Not sure what to try first? Ask the staff, they’re notoriously friendly!

The menu is fresh, tasty and everything from sauces to pate is made in-house – locals rave about the ribs and polenta fries so make sure you order lunch to balance out those cold ones.

Don’t miss: Misty Miyagi – New England Hazy IPA.  An award-winning tropical craft beer, Misty Miyagi is a juicy IPA with low bitterness and fruity passionfruit, mango and citrus flavours.

Brothers Brewery and Juke Joint

Mount Eden, Auckland CBD and Orakei

We couldn’t write a list of the best breweries in Auckland and not mention Brothers Brewery.  Settle in at their vintage industrial style bar and slurp your way through a selection of excellent craft beers poured straight from the tank!

The beers here are full of personality. If you’re not sure where to start the team will give you a free taster of anything on tap, so you can order your glass, jug or tasting paddle with confidence. Alongside the Brothers Brewery beers are a few rotating guest beers so there’s always something new to try.

Inside every Brothers Brewery is Juke Joint BBQ, serving authentic southern style food to balance out those beers. The hush puppies are moreish, The Juke Meatboard is a generous sharing meal for groups, and there’s pulled jackfruit, smoked tofu and a raft of vegetarian sides. There are even dog meals for your furry friends!

Don’t miss: Martin Scores Hazy, and IPA brewed using an East Coast yeast with loads of Nectaron and Mosaic hops.

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen

Freemans Bay

Tucked into Auckland’s historic Victoria Quadrant, Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen has one of the largest outdoor decks in Auckland’s CBD. A trendy sundowner spot, you can grab a fresh craft beer, take a seat at a picnic table and soak in views of the Sky Tower. 

Known as ‘the hardest working bar in town’ Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen doesn’t stop at beer. They’ve got Auckland’s only floor-based shuffleboard deck, and the place knows how to party with live music every Friday and Saturday.

Sweat Shop’s food is just what you want with a casual beer – Americana style fried chicken, unpretentious burgers and occasional pop-up restaurants.

Don’t miss: Sweat Shop Lager, a crisp clean brew reminiscent of wheat crackers and bread crusts with a gentle nutty finish.

Are you ready to discover your new favourite brewery?

Spend a leisurely day at one with friends or family, or let us take you on an Auckland brewery tour so you can visit several in one day. Spend your time enjoying good company and fantastic craft beer instead of waiting on ride share apps, splitting your group up into separate cars or playing Paper Scissors Rock to pick your sober driver.

Round up your crew and talk to the friendly Alpha Shuttles team about creating your personalised brewery tour, complete with personal chauffeur.

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