Brewery Tour in Wanaka (Beerworks) – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – Backpacker Guide New Zealand


Today we are going to the Wanaka Beerworks.
Sunday, beer, vintage car I am now a 65 years old man. It is another glorious day in wanaka and we
are waking up in the awesome Wanaka Bakpaka and because today’s activity is quite a short
one, we are visiting a brewery in the area, we have some time to take care of ourselves
a little bit. I really need a trim down my haircut has been called a dead possum and
even a dead bird so it’s really time for sheep shearing the back of my head. Laura also needs
a little bit of the trim down so I do cut the ends of her hair as well so she looks
as gorgeous as she can with her new French made haircut. So today we joined by my friend Mani from
Germany and Ian the owner of the Wanaka Bakpaka really wants us to take his old vintage car
for a spin when going to Beerworks. It’s Ok, it’s meant to be like this. We are heading toward Beerworks which is the
microbrewery of the Wanaka Airport it’s situated at the Wanaka Aiport and it’s a little bit
tough to find to start with it’s sort of hidden behind a toy museum. But we are meeting our
host for today which is David and he’s going to be giving us a tour of Beerworks. Beerworks is one of the over 160 microbreweries
in New Zealand meaning they have smaller production run of beers they produce around 100,000 litres
of beer a year. The tour turns into a battle of knowledge between Mani my friend from Germany
which has probably been drinking beer since he was 7 years old and David our tour guide
form New Zealand which is incredibly passionate by beer making. They are discussing recipes
techniques as well as the different chemical ingredients that you can insert to beers to
give them different tastes. Oh my God that is strong. And all the inner workings of beer
making this all flies way above my head as I am basically a casual beer drinker I just
show up at the pub order a beer and drink it. I never knew how beer was made until we
visited our first brewery and honestly this is still a process that I’m really confused
by. Why is there so many queves. why are there so many pipes why are there so many rows?
But as David shows there’s a lot of science behind making craft beer. Beer only contains
four key ingredients hops, malt, yeast and wheat but the process of beer making takes
about a month to make. It’s all about tweaking the recipe with those four ingredients to
make the different beers and then David is going into what the process is after the beer
making so how how the bottles are filled where the kegs are stored, how the beer is filtered
and how beer gets its bubbles. David also takes pride in showing us all the
machinery they have in this microbrewery, because despite the fact this is very small
brewery compared to the bigger size this brewery still produce beer 700 litres at a time and
you have to bottle all of that. So from the bottling process to the quality control we’re
going through every single stage of what happened to that beer before it hits the shelves or
the pubs. Beers from Beerworks are distributed all over
the area Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka and they actually name their beers after the
local landmarks like Treble Cone which is a famous ski field, but to be quite honest
any good brewery tour should finish in the same awesome way – a beer tasting. And this
is exactly where we’re heading to next we are having a whole table for ourselves and
we are having a tasting tray which contains 6 different beers. David is going through all the different types
of beers we’re going to be tasting today and my personal favourite is the Cardrona Gold
it’s sort of a safe beer but there’s also some eccentric beers in here like coffee stout
as well. So after some good laughs, good company and good beer, we are gonna be getting back
into the VW Beetle and making our way back to the Wanaka Bakpaka. This car is incredibly hard to drive. I have
a hard time passing the gears and even turning the wheel, I’m so happy when I’m done driving
it. Back at the hostel we’re meeting back up with Marika that was the girl that joined
us during the Wildwire Tour climbing a waterfall only a few days ago and we’re telling her
all about our beer visit. I guess it’s the thought that counts right?
Thanks Ian for giving us this car which seemed like such a cool idea in the beginning but
it yeah, It’s pretty nightmarish.

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