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Beer Available At Hashigo Zake (arranged by most recent)
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry, and Chocolate Ale 48, Liberty / Brothers Oh Brother Pale Ale , Green Flash Hop Odyssey Symposium IPA 98, 8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale 93, 8 Wired Ice Distilled Bumaye , Almanac Flowering Gose 92, To ōl Fuck Art - This is Architecture 92, Almanac Single Origin Chinook IPA 83, Mikeís Taranaki Pale Ale 76, De Molen Alive & Kicking 96, Wanaka Beerworks Zar 87, Kereru Velvet Boot , Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager 97, Lakefront Fixed Gear 88, Lakefront Fuel Cafe 49, Renaissance Perfection Pale Ale 87, Baylands Zythra Pale Ale , Mikkeller Black Hole 100, Townshend Totes McGoats , Rogue Beard Beer 66
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Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | August 6, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Basement bar with three distinct rooms - a back room of tables, a side room of benches and tables, and of course the car itself. The tap selection is small but well chosen, and they seem to do a number of events. Not a bad place to spend some time.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | January 4, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Basement-level dedicated craft beer bar known throughout Wellington as being at the top of the game. I found the ambiance relaxing and comfortable when I visited during my first night in town, and I thought it would be a place I would return to but after a single session I had run out of things which interested me. Thereís a lot of "geek beer" here, more so than other places in town, meaning spiced and barrel-treated and smoked and other wacky stuff. Staff were decent fellows, knew their stuff, answered questions, made solid recommendations. Take my words with a grain of salt, Iím being picky here, youíre sure to find the selection one of the best in town, but to me it didnít deliver on the 90+ point RB place rating.
nate2g (541) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | June 12, 2012| Updated May 18, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I canít hate on Hashigo Zake. Itís a true beer bar representing the best beers sourced locally and treats from abroad. Thereís always something new and interesting on tap, though you will need to be quick for some/most beers as the kegs do dry out fast. Thatís testament to the Wellington drinkers, people here want variety and a sense of quality of beer here. Staff are excellent. No doubt the bar does target the geekier crowd, and thatís fine, thereís plenty of other options for good beer around the city. The basement venue works and suits the ambiance that HZ is looking for. Tasty bar snacks. Hard to beat.
TimE (238) Tokyo, Japan | August 11, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Ok, it should be noted that I was affiliated with this place, but no longer. The bar nails pretty much everything I want from a bar - very knowledgable staff, well chosen beer, rare beer, good mix of domestic and import, tap selection is displayed on a TV and indicates when the next beer will come on. As well as having real ale and ciders plus some good non-beer stuff. Prices are reasonable, food is basic but very good. Only downside is that it can get very very crowded, also I prefer pubs with more food, but given that the food is of such good quality that point is somewhat irrelevant. One of my favorite pubs Iíve ever been and no that is not just because I used to be connected to the place.
maneliquor (139) Perth, Australia | August 4, 2011| Updated January 5, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice underground place down an alley off the main CBD of Wellington. Quite a comical Heineken sign as you walk in which is worth a look. Typical bar ambiance but its cooler caus its underground. Service was sublime. Took the time to answer the questions I had and spent plenty of time with us. Great range of beers and a good assortment on tap as well. Also had some beer ageing in a small wine fridge on the back of the counter which were all for sale. Picked up some cool bottles out of the fridge which I could also take away with me. Loved the place and was a highlight of our trip. Spent a solid amount of time in and around Beervana with the manager as well which knew his stuff big time so props to him. Best bar in Wellington
Stew41 (128) Woodend, Australia | April 6, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Generally deserving of the hype and rating. Just another inner city basement bar but the selection, particularly the taps, is very serious and focused. Staff completely on top of their game but I do suspect, as noted below, you might cop a sly snigger if you asked for a pint of Stella. That said, I received excellent service although my Slowbeer connections were known. Some 7 world class IPA / DIPAs on the night we were in.
TheGrandMaster (105) Auckland, New Zealand | December 25, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
If it was in Auckland, it would score higher!
JapanTony (69) , Japan | August 26, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good lineup of taps that are constantly rotating. A number of internationals along with great local stuff. Staff knowledgable about beer. Some rare (and very pricey) bottles. Better to stick with draught. Food was good, but limited menu and portions small and not value for money-best to eat elsewhere.
fletchfighters (64) , Australia | June 25, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Real nice place. So many finer details really nailed here. Taplists are current and show what is to come. Heck, show what music is being played there.
Brilliant service. A bit elitist at times but the staff know their beers and are willing to talk beer which makes it fun. Matching glasswear??? Nice touch.
Food is mostly snacks but well done snacks. Tap prices are very nice. Bottles are priced more to move so can be of good value. Range is solid. Not as good as what we get in Australia but a very good range.
Pretty much a world class venue and very much best venue in the Southern Hemisphere for beer
Jimthechap (40) Christchurch, New Zealand | January 14, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Mrs Jimthechap and I arrived shortly after opening and so we more or less had the lace to ourselves. It was good to finally inspect this place as it has a considerable reputation. We were greeted by the barman and serious beer-nerd conversation ensued. Tasters were poured and more beer-nerd conversation followed. Mrs Jimthechap became steadily less impressed that her wedding anniversary was becoming a vehicle for me to talk about beer.
Anyway, interesting place with brewery artwork. Well-chosen tap beers and more bottles of beer that I havenít reviewed before than I have found anywhere else in New Zealand. I needed a good month and an unlimited cash supply to do justice to this place. I will come back... I have to come back.
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