Brew on Eat Streat is Rotorua’s only brewpub serving the masses their Croucher brews along with craft beer from around the country and overseas. I say masses because Brew’s always been busy whenever we’ve headed down for a beer.
Beer Club is held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, you get four brews and snacks for $20pp. It’s a lucky dip as far as the beers are concerned, we were taken to Christchurch via Wigram Brewing, Eagle Brewing and Fiasco Brewing.
The fourth brew was an American pumpkin beer, I don’t recall the name. Mike said ‘Google it – how many pumpkin beers can there be’? Plenty, here’s one Guide to the Best and Worst Pumpkin Beers. I’m going to say we had Cisco Pumple Drumpkin, I’m pretty sure we didn’t, but I like the name.
We were taken through the beer tasting by the big cheeses at Brew – Paul and Nigel, and what neat guys they are, friendly and fizzing about craft beer. It’s a casual event and the atmosphere was lively, helped along no doubt by the 5.8% Hop Fetish NZIPA. If you’re making a night of it you may want to appoint a sober driver. Next time round I might just get Mike to say Cisco Pumple Drumpkin ten times and if he gets it right I’ll hand him the keys.
If you’re not in town for Beer Club, Brew have live music Sunday Sessions from 5pm – 8pm and Friday night is ‘Hoppy Hour’.
If you’re wondering whether your beer’s going to be served in a wine glass, it’s not, the wine glasses are for Beer Club only. Plenty of people agree that beer tastes better out of a wine glass though and I did a beer glassware search online. Beer Cellar have a range of beer glasses including the Spiegelau IPA glass which gets the nod from seasoned Kiwi beer drinkers.
Back to Brew in Rotorua – if wine and craft beer aren’t your preferred drop there’s also Steinlager Pure and Heineken behind the bar. Cheers to craft beers – you’ll find more brewpubs in our Brewpubs in NZ.