The best brew-pub in town

I see that the Herald’s Canvas magazine reviews Galbraiths Alehouse this week. It is scored 7 for the food, 8 for service, 8 for value and 9 for ambience. Spot on, in my opinion.

As the reviewer enthuses, “Galbraiths is beer-drinker’s bliss”, listing the range of beers brewed on-site and noting the wide selection of bottled beers (and wine) and guest beers available on tap.

For those unfamiliar with the establishment, it’s to be found at the top of Mt Eden Rd, right next to the convenient carpark on the corner (with Symonds St). The building housed the Grafton Library for many years, and provides a comfortable setting, very reminiscent of your traditional English pub. It’s a must for English tourists missing the comforts of home.

I’ve been frequenting Galbraiths since some time in the last century. Mostly I go there to discuss politics with friends, most recently on Friday and Sunday evenings. This blog is in some ways an extension of these pub debates, so you can judge the quality of the discourse for yourselves.

A New Zealand Liberally Drinking has been started in Wellington. Galbraiths already plays this role for many lefties in Auckland, and is an obvious place to base Drinking Liberally in this town. Anybody interested leave a comment below.

Oh, the beer? Bellringers Best is usually, er, the best. It’s named for the campanologists from a local church who decamp to Galbraiths after practice. For something bitter, there’s Bitter & Twisted, and then there’s Bob Hudson’s for those watching alchohol levels. The latter is named for the man who taught brewmaster Keith Hancock his trade.

I see it’s 4.30pm. Only another hour and I know where I’ll be. Feel free to join me sometime.

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