Wellington: Garage Project Brewery
Get There: 68 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington 6021
Cost: About $10 per litre (there’s no bar onsite, so it’s a good idea to bring your own bottle / barrel / unadvisable drinking vessel)
With Wellington firmly established as a craft-beer hotspot for punters across the globe, the sheer number of local brews and beverages popping up all over the place can often make deciding on a tasty pint feel like a game of Russian roulette. You’re pretty much always safe, but there’s still a chance that you could really fuck it up.
With that being said, the craft crew over at Garage Project make a hefty case for the crown of the kiwi capital’s best craft brewery – or at the very least, its most idyllic. Nestled away in the leafy depths of Aro Valley, you’d forget that you’re only a ten minute walk from Wellington’s CBD, especially once you’ve started sampling the free taste testers inside.
Renovated from the dilapidated remains of an old petrol station, the brewery itself is unique in its own right, as is the brewers’ approach towards embracing a fearless attitude that saw them brew and release a selection of 24 beers in the span of 24 weeks, within their first year of opening, no less.
A must visit for any beer fanatic/alcoholic visiting Wellington, and I’d even say it’s worth a go for those who think craft beer is only for dick-heads in fedoras. If a chat to their friendly, no bullshit cellar-door staff doesn’t convince you otherwise, a couple of litres of any one of their on-tap supply should do the trick.