Tuesday, 08 August 2017 16:26

Road to Beervana

Beervana is almost upon us and this year we are again holding a couple of events for Road to Beervana. 

From noon tomorrow we're hosting our Second East Coast IPA challenge, this year's focus being style rather than geography. We asked a few of our favourite breweries to create their interpretation of an East Coast IPA. Hazy, juicy, dank, unfiltered?

We have exclusives from Auckland's Brothers Beer, Epic (the only keg of East Coast Hysteria), North End, Duncans and Boneface Brewing. Other East Coast beers will be pouring from Deep Creek, Sawmill, Laughing Bones, McLeods, Te Aro and Altitude Brewing from Queenstown, who launch Imperial Tahr in the North Island.

On Thursday Hamilton's Good George are in The Hop Garden bringing with them some Duck Island Ice Cream. who they've collaborated with recently. Duck Island Stout will be pouring alongside the Pilsner, Black Lager & West Coast IPA Bonnie Doon. Beer Floats from 5pm!


The Hop Garden


Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:45

New New New Tap Takeover

Dunedin's experimental New New New are coming to The Hop Garden for a tap takeover. Founded by Ian McKinlay with head brewer Brendan Bransgrove, we'll be pouring:

Jet Set Coffee Pale Ale, 5%
The United Colours of New APA, 5.6%
Pepper Pepper Peper Chilli Pilsner, 5.2%
BB Lemon Belgian Lemon Ale, 4.4%
Fear Not Smoked Eel Stout, 6%

We'll also have bottles of Hello World Belgian IPA, Poppy (Poppy Seed ale) and Roubus Couture Rasberry Saison in the fridges.

Martin Craig of Beertown NZ has a bit to say about them here:

From 3pm onwards.


The Hop Garden

Saturday, 23 July 2016 21:49

Road to Beervana at The Hop Garden

We are holding three events this year to celebrate Road to Beervana in what is shaping up to be an exciting week.

First up on Wednesday 10 August from 3pm onwards, New Zealand brewing legend Richard Emerson is parking his Mini in The Top Garden for The Emerson's 'Mini' Tap Takeover. Richard will be pouring several of Dunedin's finest ales which we'll be matching with whiskey. James is also going to be cooking up some tasty BBQ treats to match the beer and whiskey.

On Thursday 11 August from Noon it is The East Coast IPA Challenge.  A tip of the cap to our favourite event in Wellington, the iconic West Coast IPA challenge at the Malthouse, it’s simply a celebration of East Coast New Zealand breweries who don’t make it down to Wellington so often. There is no East-West coast feud and it promises to be a day of fun. Special guests Colin Mallon and Ciaran Duffy from Malthouse will be joining us at Noon to judge the beers...

We’ll be pouring some widely known beers from this part of the country plus 7 (and counting) beers brewed just for the event from:

Brave Brewing
Rocky Knob

Other East Coast breweries such as Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery and Zeelandt will also be featured. We're stoked to have so many involved and excited to try the beers they've brewed for us. Note: not all will be IPAs.

Finally, on Sunday 14 August from 10.30am, hungover SOBA members can come down for The  post-Beervana SOBA brunch. For just $30, breakfast, juice or coffee and a pint will be provided and shuttle buses should hopefully be provided to Wellington Airport for your flights home.

Tickets are available from the SOBA website:

See you all over the Beervana week.


The Hop Garden

Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:04

Double Vision Brewing Launch Party

Double Vision Brewing are launching at The Hop Garden! 

The two beers we'll be pouring are:

Our Red Rascal combines our favourite characteristics of a red ale with an IPA. We have used Nelson Sauvin for Aroma and a combination of Rakau, motueka and riwaka for flavour while having it end with a gentle bittering effect given by Southern Cross. It hits the tongue with full body and flavour with fruity notes and a gooseberry tart that take it from savory to refreshing at the same time. Red Rascal is the silver tongued devil that will talk you into staying for one more.

The EXPATRIATE comes from an APA that left the motherland in exploration of something more. Home is safe and so are mainstream American hops... We were ready for some adventure and exploration but had no idea we would find this new world. We have managed to take our dependence on the mainstream US hops for a traditional APA and keep the flavours by blending NZ and US in harmony. The EXPATRIATE is a kiwi convert with residency to stay.

We're hoping for some nice weather so we can launch on the rooftop however living in Wellington, we all know this might not be possible!

See you on the 1st.


The Hop Garden & Double Vision Brewing.


8Wired Brewing Co and Trail Fund New Zealand are teaming up to raise money for mountain bike trails all over NZ. Come down to The Hop Garden (or Top Garden if the weather is nice) and support this worthy event. We'll have 8Wired Flat White on Nitro(!) plus heaps of other beers available. Cheers to Bikes and Beers!

Coming up tomorrow, we have Last of the Summer Ale(s).

We've saved some fresh hop beers and we'll be pouring them over the weekend. Come down and see how these not-so-fresh hopped beers taste a month on from Hopstock. On the Taps we'll have:

Te Aro Kermit's Revenge

Townshends Last of the Summer Ale
Townshends Riwaka Fresh Hop Pilsner
8Wired Fresh Hopwired
Tuatara Conehead
Zeelandt Pulling Cones
North End Forty South (Handpull)

Keep your fingers crossed for the weather being nice and we'll have the Top Garden open too!

Cheers, The Hop Garden

Thursday, 07 April 2016 15:54

The Top Garden Te Aro Tap Takeover!

After the best summer in what seems like years, The Top Garden is finally ready to open!

For Hopstock, we're pouring 'Kermit's Revenge' from our friends at Te Aro Brewing Company, mere staggering distance from Pirie St. To celebrate both Hopstock and the opening of The Top Garden, we're hosting a Te Aro Tap Takeover.


Available for your pleasure will be:

Grapefruit Pale Ale, 6.3%

Pilsner, 5.1%

Summer Session Stout, 4.0%

American Pale Ale, 5.5%

Kermit's Revenge Fresh Hop NZ Pale Ale, 4.7%

In addition to this, we'll have Harringtons Kermit's Revenge Pork Sausages on the BBQ and a host of other food specials. Oh, I forgot to mention, seeing as though it's a bit of a party, Te Aro pints will be $9 on the day!

Come on down (or up the stairs!) and join in the fun, on Sunday 17th, from 2pm onwards.


The Hop Garden

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