New Zealand > Christchurch
Beer Available At Volstead Trading Company (arranged by most recent)
Moa Greenback , Three Boys Weizenbock , Moa Yardstick Imperial Pilsner , Moa Quaffer India Pale Lager , Tuatara Black Whittaker’s Chocolate , Tuatara Black Toasted Malt , Specs Brown Porter , Panhead Vindicator , 8 Wired Flat White Coffee Milk Stout , Golden Eagle New York Porter , Garage Project Chateau Aro , Moa Seven Hop , Dogfish Head Festina Peche 65, Maximus Saison 73, Raindogs 17 second ESB , North Coast Red Seal Ale 91, Wernddu Black Dingle Dry Welsh Cider , Wernddu Black Dingle Medium Welsh Cider , Funk Estate Black IPA , Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout 99
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Jimthechap (43) Christchurch, New Zealand | January 30, 2013| Updated April 1, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Volstead was created as a response to the perilous lack of bars in Christchurch after the February 2011 earthquake. The interior is foremost remarkable for the striking murals on the walls and then for the rough and ready lounge type feel with plenty of comfortable second hand furniture and couches. When the door comes up it reveals a pleasant outdoor courtyard and next to it a pleasant covered outdoor area.
The important stuff: a good array of constantly changing beers on handpull and Moa beers on gasflow. IThe bar also has a constantly changing bottled beer selection from all over the world. Food is provided from a caravan outside but sits very much secondary in the bar’s purpose. Most excellent, knowledgeable and personable staff who love what they’re doing.
I have to mention the toilets as being clean and a little styly as well.
A definite recommendation, and interestly, there is a brewery being installed next door.
GrayVTC (1) , New Zealand | April 27, 2014
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
nate2g (641) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | February 15, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A great newcomer to the Christchurch beer scene. A selection of NZ breweries feature on tap with a good introduction to a few local Chch brewers. On a nice day it’s pleasant to sit outside enjoying a brew (make sure to bring a few friends along as there’s not much by way of scenery to look at here). I can imagine it gets a little "too cool for school" vibe happening here observing a few of the punters but regardless it’s well worth stopping by and seeing what’s on.
AtreidesNZ (1) Christchurch, New Zealand | September 20, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
My favourite spot in Christchurch for a catch up with friends in a great relaxed retro atmosphere over some excellent beers from around New Zealand and the world. One of remarkably few bars where you can enjoy the beer, atmosphere and conversation rather than TVs blaring. Could use some more food options, some more non-Moa keg beers (hopefully coming soon with the Golden Eagle/Raindogs brewery opening next door) and at the rate they’re going, a bit more space and some bike racks, but they’re still the best place in chch for a great beer with friendly and knowledgeable bar staff and an eclectic mix of suits, ties, jandals and jeans.
Travlr (1521) Washington, Washington DC | August 14, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
OK, would you like the good news first or the bad news. Well, here’s the bad news: this place is temporarily closed for renovation after a fire. Hopefully it was minor, as I did not see any damage from the outside. Now for the good news: the brewery next door is producing, or at least has recently produced, beer. If I find out more, I’ll post it here. For now, this is a placeholder generic rating, halfway between the two existing ratings, so as not to change the average. This is one of the many reasons I must return to CHCH.
lisagirl (8) Christchurch, New Zealand | April 2, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
my regular. wonderful people, laid back atmosphere, and i suppose most importantly a large range of both taps (5 handpulls, 6 normal) and bottles. not all that expensive for craft beer in christchurch either, though that’s not saying much. not much in the way of food, which is clearly an unimportant factor to the owners. the golden eagle and raindogs joint brewery is almost finished next door as well. all in all a fantastic place to waste a few hours in.
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