As with the beer of the month, this one is New Zealand heavy. In fact, it is totally New Zealand because we spent the first part of the month there and didn’t visit many pubs when we got back!
So many to choose from, so I’m just going to pick my top 3 for this month.
First up is last month’s winner, the Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery. It was an easy decision to come back again and tuck in to some more tasty food and some good beers. Mrs MOFAD had some cider too as she was not suffering with jet lag this time around.
On to our runner up, Crafty Trout Brewing Co in Taupo. This was somewhere I had been looking forward to visiting, and after a long day of walking (we’d been up to Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon), we walked a bit more to get back down in to Taupo and the Trout, to have some great pizzas and good beer. As with many good brewery tap outlets, they keep things simple with the menu, with a choice of 8 pizzas, a schnitzel, pie, spare ribs, fish’n’chips, pasta or a cheese’n’meat platter as well as a few other snacks. My “Wild Thing” pizza with venison, olives and spiced grape jelly was very good. As were the beers.
The Brewers Co-operative in Auckland is this month’s winner. Somewhere we visited twice, after spotting it on our first morning in the city. We popped in for a drink after dinner at The Shakespeare (above). The Brewers Co-operative are all about quality craft beer from around these isles, which is a pretty good decision, since there’s so much to choose from. After you’ve been here for a couple of weeks, you soon recognise some of the names like Garage Project, 8 Wired, Epic and Liberty.
On our second visit, we had dinner. They have a kitchen which specialises in fish dishes, and serves many of them in classic chip shop style, wrapped up in paper. Although I am a plate advocate, this lack of plates fits in perfectly with their laid back vibe. Lovely food, great beer, and a great place to escape the Auckland CBD.
A well deserved pub of the month!