By: Tim Colman
First Impressions: Head up the “Stairway to Beer Heaven” and you’ll find a cosy, intimate space that includes attic seating, with rustic wooden tables for groups and bar stools for those who want to be close to the 16 beers on tap.
The Chosen One: Freehouse is a craft beer and cider bar with a rotating selection – once a keg is finished, a new variety takes its place. A tasting paddle for $20 is the best way to sample all the drinks. With four glasses to a paddle, you can enjoy an Indian Pale Ale, a Helles Lager, a Stout and a Hop Cider. Get through four paddles and you’ve sampled the lot.
The Cheapskate: Craft beers can be expensive, especially considering Freehouse imports its selection from the US, New Zealand and Germany. Luckily, a half-pint of the NZ-made Yeastie Boys IPA is just $9 (and only $14 for a full pint).
Bite on this: Salty bar snacks are perfect to enjoy with beer of this quality. The bacon tempura ($9) and nacho dumplings ($13) are delicious for sharing. If you’re after something different, try the cereal frog legs ($17) – these deep-fried morsels come from American bullfrogs and are about the size of a chicken leg, only their meat is much more tender.
Last but not least: The bar staff know their products. So get to know them, follow their recommendations, and they’ll take you on a memorable beer-tasting journey.