Queenstown is a unique place in that it brings people from all over the world together to see what this little corner of the globe has to offer. From the beautiful scenery to the celebrated wines to the rich culture, everything New Zealand is known for is showcased here. At No5, we like to extend that to the products we have to offer. We cook with local produce, we sell the best of Central Otago wines, and we highlight Kiwi-distilled spirits. But one of the equally impressive, though less-agknowledged merits of New Zealand is the craft beer. New Zealand is pumping out some incredible brews, and we are trying to show newcomers from all over that in the world of beer, Kiwis are in a league with the best of ‘em. From fruity witbiers to crisp pilsners, to hoppy IPA’s, we already carry a unique selection of local beers. And we are happy to announce that two more local breweries are joining the No5 family.
Stoke Brewery, located in Nelson at the top of the South Island, has painstakingly earned every one of the numerous awards given to their beers. They source local and foreign organic hops, they use their own bespoke yeast, and use 14,000 year old Palaeo water–straight from one of the oldest aquifers on earth–to produce their family-owned and highly acclaimed line of beers. Come in to No5 and try the honey, biscuit, and malty flavours of Stoke Amber, the golden, full-bodied, and smooth taste of Stoke Gold, or the complex coffee, dark-fruit, and toffee characteristics of Stoke Dark. Or if you are the designated driver, sip on the light, grassy, crisp Stoke 2Stoke, the brewery’s premium light lager.
Tuatara is a Wellington-based brewery that is as passionate about making their beer as we are about drinking it. Built by hand from the ground up by a Kiwi who wanted to change the beer culture of New Zealand, we can thank them for much of the craft beer culture that exists in the country today. Stop by No5 and try out the bready, citrusy, and well-structured Tuatara Helles Lager, the sweet and tart banana, clove, and vanilla notes of the Tuatara Bavarian Hefe, or the refreshingly hoppy grapefruit, marmalade, and herb-laced Tuatara APA (Aoteroa Pale Ale).
– by Jake Page