Eight Awesome things to do on the Hop

The Hop’s coming up this Saturday! Here’s eight things to do while on the Hop:

1) Chow down at Galbraith’s Ale House
The chef at Galbraith’s has really hit their stride of late. The meals coming out of the kitchen of late have been delicious – my personal favourites are the soup (doesn’t matter what it is, it’s all good) and the Stout beef burger with crispy onion rings.

2) Chat with Epic’s Luke Nicholas at Corner Bar
Luke needs no introduction really – we all know he’s the man behind Epic, Armageddon, Mayhem and Hop Zombie. This Saturday, he’ll be chilling at Corner Bar (exact time TBC), with samples of Epic’s Coffee Fig Stout, chatting to Hoppers.

3) Check out the brew kit at Shakespeare’s Tavern with Ben Middlemiss
Shakespeare’s Tavern was New Zealand’s first brewpub and after a bit of a hiatus, is back. Ben Middlemiss has brought the brewery back and will be at Shakespeare’s on Saturday, talking about how the journey back to production (exact times TBC).

4) Groove out to the music in SkySport Grill.
The music at SkySport Grill is old-school, cheesy as an American pizza and absolutely awesome. When the Hop graphic designer, Danielle, and I were there taking photos, every second song was meet with a delighted exclamation - and a fair amount of singing!

5) Sit in the sun at Andrew Andrew
One thing Auckland is missing is a beer garden, but Andrew Andrew is a pretty good alternative. Their outdoor area catches the afternoon sun perfectly, their seats are good and comfy and they’ve got several craft beers on tap.

6) Find fellow beer geeks in Auckland.
I thought I knew most of the beer geeks in Auckland, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find people I’ve never meet signing up for the Hop! Come along and meet more people focused on hunting out great beer in Auckland.

7) See the Auckland beer scene change – almost before your eyes!
Vulcan Lane’s O’Carroll’s Freehouse is the perfect place to see just how far Auckland’s beer scene’s come in a very short space of time. It’s hard to believe that not long ago, it was just another Irish bar, offering mainstream beers. Now it’s had a facelift, got good Kiwi beer on tap and has a few surprises on its beer menu!

8) Learn something new about the Auckland craft beer scene.
I’m sure even the most hardened beer buff will learn something new from coming on the Auckland Bar Hop. In fact, with so much to explore and so many people to meet, I’ll eat my hat if you don’t learn something new!*

If any of these sound like something you’d like to do this weekend, get on the Hop registration page and buy your Hop ticket now!

*disclaimer: ‘hat’ may mean a cake shaped to look like a hat.

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Buy your tickets early and win!

Photo: James Andre

Buy your Hop ticket in the next 48 hours and go in the draw to win one of two prize packs of three bottles of Ben Middlemiss Brewing’s Nota Bene Abbey Ale. Sure, three bottles seems like a small amount, but this beer has a big personality, with fruity hop flavours and strong yeast characteristics.

Buy your tickets now and be in to win!

Legal stuff: You must be over eighteen to purchase a Hop ticket and therefore enter this competition; competition closes at 8pm, 4/04/12; winners will be chosen by a random number generator; the Hop takes no responsibility for heartbreak caused by not winning.  

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The Hop is Coming!

The Auckland Bar Hop is a celebration of Auckland’s beers, brewers and bars. A craft beer scene is emerging here, and it’s as unique as the city itself. We’ve got five brew pubs in the inner-city and two in the outer suburbs. In the past year, bars with craft beer taps have popped up all over the place, each catering to a different cliental. We have brewers of an award-winning standard, making some of the tastiest brews in the country. And it’s about time everyone knew all of this!

The Auckland Hop is a self-guided tour through seven of Auckland’s best craft beer purveyors. It starts at the top of the town, at Galbraiths Ale House, where an excellent lunch is recommended to set you up for the day. Then it’s off down the hill, where you can choose your own path, and enjoy the beers and bars at a discounted rate. At the end of the night, you’ll have access to an exclusive Hop get-together at Brewery Britomart, where you can catch up with the other Hoppers, compare notes and sample the ales of our newest brew pub.

Details are currently being finanlised and prices and tickets will soon be available from this site. Follow @aucklandhop on Twitter for all the latest updates and keep April 21 free!

And if you’d like to extend your Hop to a Skip, you can also book in for a tasting at Hallertau Brewbar and Restaurant. A bus will pick up Skippers from a central Auckland location and take them out to Hallertau, where they’ll have a beer tasting and tour of the brewery, then drop them at Galbraiths in time for the Hop itself. 

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