Thereís a lot to like about this boutique brewery on the outskirts of Napier. Thereís a comfortable new tasting room with a range of about 10 beers brewed here on draught, plus about five ciders and a couple of alcopops. The staff the day we visited were friendly and enthusiastic. The samplers of six 140ml tasters for NZ$9 are exceptional value. Thereís a cafe attached. Thatís all the good stuff. The problem is that the beer and ciders are mediocre at best. The fact they produce both of those plus alcopops suggest a business that is hedging its bets. Thereís loads of potential here with the right brewer. It felt more like a tourist destination than a brewery. Thereís plenty of product available for take-away in plastic bottles if anything takes your fancy. I had a sampler of six and left empty-handed.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
If you approach this place as spacious cafe with garden bar where you can get a beer with your meal then your expectations are about right. The tasting trays are a bargain but sadly none of the beers (or ciders for that matter) are anything to write home about. Has enormous potential but the beers are just not that interesting.
AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 2/20