Up to Nelson for the start of the beer trail
Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
57Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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The approach into the town follows the coast round via spectacular bays and the town itself is surrounded with hills, a lovely setting.
My reading up on the region had found that this area was famed for its craft beers and claimed to be the best in NZ with around 10 breweries in the area and many pubs specialising in ale, so I made it my mission to discover as many as I could in my short time here. My first stop from Hokitika in fact started this journey as I dropped into the Monteith's Brewery in Greymouth. Monteith’s brews have been one of my favourite on my travels here so far and I’m gradually getting down a 6 pack of their lovely summer ale. The brewery there is in fact is being rebuilt at the moment but the shop was open and a T shirt was bought to add to the collection.
After settling into my fantastic hostel, Almond House – prob the best so far, I made my way to Founders Heritage Park where a replica historical village has been built and is also the home of Founders Brewery. A very enjoyable couple of hrs was spent sampling 3 or 4 of their excellent brews sitting in the sunny beer garden.