With a 1 2 3 4, Hallertau became one of the leaders in the craft beer boom in New Zealand. Those first four beers with their iconic numbering have established Hallertau as a truly independent brewery set on twisting beer traditions for new sensations.
But with so many craft beers now in the market, there’s a unique ingredient that keeps Hallertau’s beer particularly lively – that’s the people, the community that’s grown with Steve and Hayley Plowman’s family run brewery and bar, inspiring fresh new flavours that pour from the Beer Fountain.
Hallertau is a place that brings people together: along with the carefully selected combination of the finest hops, malt, yeast and water, it’s ideas and stories that are all heaved into the mash tun, and you can taste this liveliness in the beer.
Fresh oysters turn up on offer one day from the local oyster farmer… that sparks an idea for a beer from Steve… a prominent DJ and MC has toured through the US and tells of the pale ales… which gets another beer going… some old chardonnay barrels from the vineyard down the road come in handy for a seasonal sour beer… word gets out about this inventive brewery and Oscar winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino commissions a beer for his latest movie. There’s always something new coming out of the brewery, a bottle of beer is a moment captured.
Festivals organise the calendar at the brewery, and these ensure the beer is always made with the occasion in mind. There’s the Hop and Chilli Festival (attracting nationwide TV coverage each year), the Glorious Society of Bangers and Beer (as butchers compete for the annual title of best sausage made from a Hallertau beer) bands, poets and comedy shows and even Morris Dancers, all mixing into the inspirations at Hallertau and twisting beer traditions for 21st Century drinkers.
Drop in sometime and experience our world class beer bar, food and hospitality!
Stephen and Hayley Plowman