If you head out of Christchurch, The biggest city on New Zealand’s South Island and travel north for just over half an hour, you will come to the small town of Amberly. Just outside of Amberly (one maybe two km’s) you’ll find a local independent beer brewery.
It’s called “Brew Moon” .. if they brew only once in a Blue Moon I have no idea… but Himself wanted to stop in and grab a few bottles to try.
Now I have a confession: I adore the smell of beer, I could inhale the smell all day long, but the taste is wasted on me completely. Honestly I have tried hard to like it, but to no avail.
That’s probably why I now discover that I completely forgot to take a photo of the bottles, (Beer lovers amongst you please don’t get your hops in twist, I know I’m just a Pineau de Charantes drinking philistine LOL). We intended to go to the cafe, but family appointments were so much fun that we always stayed later than we intended and thus have always managed to pass by here very late in the evening or on Public Holidays, ie. only at times when the place is closed.
On this occasion we have luck, it’s open, we turn into the carpark in time to see them putting stuff away, it’s early evening and they are about to close, Himself races inside to buy a few bottles before they close up the till whilst I wait by the car with two tired kids, and take a few photos.
Himself finally has success in obtaining some brew to try, I have less success with the photos, probably due I think, (ok, I know), to the not so small distraction of two tired kids beginning what sounds like World War Three in the back of the van.
Note to Self: Next trip we need to come back here, Himself says the dark beer is very favourably comparable to Guinness and if the beer is good then I’m hoping the the food in the cafe is too.
It’s on my Wish List of places to look further into next trip…
Meantime, If you like a Guinness style brew and are passing by Amberly, then stop in at Brew Moon, pick up a few to take home and you won’t be disappointed.