New Zealand > Wellington
Beer Available At The Malthouse (arranged by most recent)
Epic Carolina , Thornbridge Chiron 95, Wild Beer Madness IPA 97, Bach Brewing Hopsmacker Pale Ale , 8 Wired Farmhouse Pale Ale , Two Birds Sunset Ale 87, Baylands Woodrews Veto , Behemoth Hopportunity Cost IPA , Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 96, Wanaka Beerworks Zar 87, Kereru Velvet Boot , Renaissance Perfection Pale Ale 87, Panhead Quickchange Xtra Pale Ale , Liberty Citra Junior , Ben Middlemiss Nota Bene Abbey Ale 62, Renaissance Discovery American Pale Ale 70, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 98, Three Boys Oyster Stout 96, Green Flash Rayon Vert 97, BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint 96
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Pyobon (38) Sydney, Australia | February 16, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Itís clearly a drinking establishment with a focus on beer. Itís a bit industrial. Staff were helpful and friendly. Didnít try the food but they clearly had some and it looked OK. The range was good with about 20 taps and many many bottles.
beer-yum (8) Wellington, New Zealand | January 14, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
The original, and still one of the top beer bars in Wellington. Selection (both tap and bottled) is second to none. Ambiance and service are great but the food selection leaves one in no doubt that this is a liquid bread establishment - go somewhere (anywhere) else for the solid variety.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | January 4, 2014| Updated February 13, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Modern interior, wall of coolers behind the bar with different temperature regulators for each depending on style. Clean interior, attention paid to details. Dozen or so drafts with over 100 bottles, this is a serious beer bar in Wellington and a mandatory visit for the beer traveler passing through town. They stock some grey market US bottles if that suits your fancy, but I was quite pleased drinking a Bach Brewing Czechmate during my viit (Saaz on steroids!).
JonMoore (23) Loughborough, England | November 18, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bar with a good pub feel to it and a good range of beers. Good atmosphere and friendly staff.
beerbrat99 (21) Shanghai, China | August 13, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
A wonderful tap selection with some rotating beers. Nice food menu. I liked the seating area outside that was covered. A deep bottled beer selection with each cooler individually temperature controlled.
Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | August 6, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very pub-like place with a large bar and a few outdoor tables. Tap list is solid. Service is excellent, and the locals are friendly and outgoing. A great place for a pint - or two.
Jimthechap (40) Christchurch, New Zealand | April 6, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This was the first serious sit-down leg of my Wellington trip where I arranged to meet my friend Brian Eerwriter. The bar is quite a stylish little joint. I was expecting wooden panelling and British pub-like decor but got a fair modern urban trendy type place. The tap selection is extensive, the bottle selection is nothing short of impressive. I didnít have any food, but I am led to believe it is rather good as well. Comfortable surroundings and (crucially for this prematurely old man) the ambient noise is better than tolerable. Swift, friendly and knowledgable service adds to the overall impression that this place is a must-visit and also that Iím sorry I could only go there once on this trip. A definite must return.
fletchfighters (64) , Australia | August 14, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Huge list of stuff there. SA Utopia?? Really?
Great location to everything in Wellington and after Hashigo the next best place to go to
skortila (143) Baarn, Netherlands | April 22, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great place in the centre of Wellington. Great selection on tap. Friendly staff/good service. Atmosphere is quite good. Tried just a few beers since I had to drive. Would probably one of my favourites when I lived in Wellington.
KapitiCritique (34) Xincheng, Henan Province, China | August 8, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Using an international comparison (if this were New Zealand only, Iíd give it another 20 points but that is the standard in NZ, it is not a very high bar)
AMBIENCE: Physically this is an attractive place (and without the ubiquitous sports bar loud and large big screens). During the off hours, quite pleasant to plunk a few down with friends or go on line. When it starts to get busy the atmosphere is typical for NZ, noisy, and not what I would call friendly. Not all the bar staff are that accomplished at their trade either: The good natured, knowledgeable publican is nearly an extinct breed in New Zealand.
SERVICE: Adequate and relatively prompt but these people get paid squat and the sort of service you would expect in a tipping society that prizes good hospitality (like Dallas or New York or Paris) is just not there (NZ hospitality in restaurants is often almost as poor as Muscovian government restaurants). The staff at Hashigo Zake are far more amenable. Having said that, Malt House is head and shoulders above many places in Wellington. (Like the Back Bencher where the wait staff are just plain unprofessional and arrogant Ė it is laughable.)
SELECTION: Beer selection is far better than most pubs. Hashigo Zake has a bigger selection but this is fine.
FOOD: Never disappointed, good pub tucker.
VALUE: You pay for it, small portions and overpriced beer is the norm in New Zealand. New Zealand craft beers sell for less in Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City - no idea why.
OVERALL: Head and shoulders above the norm. That said, they are a long way away from world class - but that is the way it is in New Zealand. There are some great places in New Zealand, usually small out of the way wine and vineyard restaurants, so they know what they need to do.
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