We uncover a suds-focused joint that's certain to attract easy going sippers and beer fanatics alike.
If you need to whet your whistle on a hot summer’s day or are simply looking for a space to kick your feet up and get away from it all, we suggest you head to Brothers Brewery and quench your thirst with a cold one.
The recently opened bar, located in the City Works Depot building in the heart of Auckland city, was the brainchild of Andrew Larsen and Anthony Browne, both avid lovers of the humble (or not so humble) brew. After spending a considerable amount of time browsing through the hundreds of different tipples stacked neatly along the warehouse walls, it was apparent that this duo is serious about their beer, stocking an eccentric mix of international, hard-to-find brews and some of the best local tipples too.
Housed in a spacious warehouse, this is exactly the type of place in which we imagine some quality guzzling would take place. The interior has a distinct mannish feel about it, a pseudo man cave of sorts, complete with comfy armchairs and bar leaners made from reclaimed wood.
As a bar-brewery-shop hybrid, it’s a one-stop destination for the enthusiast. 18 craft beers are also available on tap. When we visited we were lucky enough to sample some of the concoctions, including Garage Project’s ‘Trip Hop’ and Funk Estate’s ‘Funk n’ stein’ Black IPA, a heavier dark beer that’s rich and sumptuous with delicious hop flavours. And while the brewery part of the equation is a few weeks from completion, the prospect of an in-house brewery is sure to add a very special dimension to this hop-heavy watering hole.
Swing by after work to fill a few growlers and pick up a few of those hard to find craft beers. Or you can even stay a while and spin a few yarns with work mates. Drinkers can also quell hunger pangs with a selection of beer-friendly snacks, including morish pizzas.
With the international craft beer trend experiencing huge growth at the moment, it’s great to see a quality local brew bar that’s devoted to the almighty suds. We suspect you might hang around for longer than ‘just the one’.
City Works Depot
77 Cook Street