Hallertau Beer Garden

This new beer garden is luring us out to the rolling hills of Riverhead.

On the weekends, we’re partial to a country adventure from time to time. Other than Matakana, however, there are few eateries in the wider Auckland area that are worthy of catering to our heightened dining needs. Riverhead’s Hallertau Brewery — known for their exceptional craft beers and quaint gastro pub — has stepped in on cue, recently opening their expanded beer garden after an impressive renovation that’s luring us back to the rolling farmlands once again.

Celebrating a decade since pouring their first craft beer, the significant revamp is set to lure in the crowds. The outdoor kitchen is the star of the show sporting a roaring pizza oven and a smoky chargrill. Streaming out of the kitchen are both meat lovin’ and vegetarian pizzas, while the menu is brimming with many other delights if pizza’s not your gig. The wood-fired pulled, spiced lamb shoulder with charred buttercup, black bean vinaigrette and a fresh herby hit of coriander, while the dry-rubbed pork ribs dripping with Hallertau cider bbq sauce are well worth your time.

As you might be able to gather, the food is hearty, finger-licking, and most importantly, complements the beers on tap. Enjoy your spread on the large, wooden communal tables under a retractable canopy roof surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The area is ideal for anyone who’s looking for convivial, casual dining as well as a steady line-up of unique craft beers.

So, when those weekends call for an adventure outside the city’s frantic walls, pack up the car, kids and man’s best friend in tow — they have a giant connect four that will entertain them for hours — and enjoy a short drive (roughly half an hour) to indulge in some glorious, mid-winter long lunches and daytime carousing.

Hallertau Brewary

1171 Coatesville Riverhead Hwy

09 412 5555



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