New Zealand > Christchurch
Beer Available At Volstead Trading Company (arranged by most recent)
BrewDog Dogma 95, Golden Eagle Sir Wheat , ParrotDog Otis , The Twisted Hop Cherry , Hop Baron Poolside Pale Ale , Moa Seven Hop , Dux de Lux Ginger Tom 22, Valkyrie Freyja , Three Boys Pineapple Lump Porter , Tuatara Dubbel , Hopmonger Jaffaccino , Renaissance Craftsman (2013) , Two Thumb Oatmeal Stout , Yeastie Boys Screwtop , Croucher Patriot American Black Ale 95, Yeastie Boys Golden Age of Bloodshed 47, Moa North Pacific , Moa Hoppit 76, Moa Southern Alps , Wild Beer Scarlet Fever 77
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Jimthechap (35) Christchurch, New Zealand | January 30, 2013| Updated October 8, 2013
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.
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 (1256) 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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