Slightly tricky to find on the outskirts of Blenheim. Was looking forward to trying a good range of Renaissance beers as the brewery is right next door, and as recommended by Renaissance. I counted 22 taps, 2 with Hofbrau (as the owner is German), the rest with NZ ’craft’ beers. Only 5 Renaissance beers on draught ranging from a 2.2% Session PA to a 7.5% Scotch Ale. Tasting paddles vailable; just choose any 5 beers for NZ$10. Food selection is predominantly German with some English dishes and pizzas. Pretty average deep fired stuff etc. As this is an independent pub, they are under no obligation to carry any Renaissance beers so you just have to hope for the best, and that they will stay friendly neighbours.
I would like to live in Blenheim just to be able to frequent this place often. Fairly decent range of nice beers that I got on a tasting paddle of 5 beers. The pizzas were very nice although a bit pricey. Friendly (for a German :>) proprietor. English pub feel to interior, pleasant beer garden. Lots of space inside and out. Great place to get Renaissance beers fresh.
Visited on a Monday night and it was surprisingly busy considering it is down a suburban street on the outskirts of a small New Zealand provincial town. Excellent range of beer, happy informative staff and an open fire! For dinner my wife had pork schnitzel with hunter sauce and I had rouladen. Arguably the best food we had on our entire holiday. Great place.
Dropped by on a Tuesday afternoon and enjoyed a tasty meal with a few quenching beers in the garden. Selection and service were excellent - one of the best I experienced during a South Island trip. Highly recommended.
On the grounds of Renaissance Brewing is the Dodson Street Beer Garden, a German-themed restaurant/bar with over 20 taps that include a few one-offs. Inside you have a German Stube atmosphere with vaulted ceilings and long community tables, while outside they maintain a pretty grounds full of tables and benches and birdbaths and a giant chess set. Beer quality was decent though nothing I had seemed to wow me. Friendly hausfrau during my early afternoon visit was full of smiles and didn’t act inconvenienced in the least, which definitely reminds you that you’re drinking in New Zealand and not Germany. Certainly worth a stop if you’re in Marlborough.
This is a little piece of Deutschland on the South Island, not just because of the bierkeller and biergarten atmosphere and the traditional German food menu, but also because the proprietors hail from Germany. It’s basically the brewery tap for Renaissance and has a huge number from that range, with the brewery equipment visible through a window. Well worth a stop.
Great beer garden with giant chess set. Interesting old building gives a British pub feel downstairs. Nice to be able to see what’s brewing at Renaissance brewery next door.
New owners (spring 2012) means they are the most reliable in Blenheim for being open when they say they will be.
Now reopened under new management. A German themed pub/restaurant with the full Renaissance range on tap and guests from Emersons, Mussel Inn and Dales. Opposite the Renaissance brewery, the kit can be seen through the window. Cozy wooden interior and huge garden area outside. Pizzas remain on the menu, accompanied by German dishes, naturally.
When we got there the place seemed closed, but we were lucky; the owner was just checking the installation in the holiday season and showed us around. Friendly chap, even got some free beers. And well the Renaissance beers are some of the best in New Zealand, so that’s just great. :-)