Monteith’s Brewery Tour, Greymouth – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – Backpacker Guide New Zealand

Monteith’s Brewery Tour, Greymouth – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – Backpacker Guide New Zealand


Today we are doing a classic backpacker activity
we are drinking but we are doing informed drinking which is where this is different. Our day starts in the cool and animal themed
Noah’s Ark Backpackers which is situated in Greymouth. Greymouth is also the base for one of New
Zealand’s most popular beer brands, Monteith’s. Here you can actually visit the Monteith’s
Brewery and see how they make that delicious beer and cider and that is our activity for
today. Because I’m a smart guy I did our plan our
tour just before lunch so we can finish the tour with a nice platter of food. So we arrive at the brewery and we are meeting
our tour guide. Because this is an actually working brewery,
we are being given some high-vis vests so when walking on the floor other workers are
aware that we’re here and we are not a hazard to anyone. But before we head inside the brewery the
tour starts in front of a bar where we are being taught how beer is made. Our tour guide is going through every type
of ingredients which are going in beers even in their specialty beers she’s passing around
some samples that we can smell that we can taste. Most of them smell awful and taste awful because
well their not beer just yet. She also tells us more about the history of
the Monteith’s Brewery and it’s humble beginnings. Monteith’s started on the West Coast of New
Zealand as a microbrewery which is a huge part of the Kiwi culture here. There are over 160 microbreweries in New Zealand. The next part of the tour is taking us right
inside the actually brewery so we are in the middle of these massive quve and we are being
taught how beer is made basically so the liquid is going from one quve to the other and some
quves is mixed by massive mixers and some other quves are just left here to rest and
basically create alcohol from the sugar which is inside. It’s really cool to see the industrial scale
of beer making and to be fair everything smells really awesome. This is where beer comes together. The tour goes literally through everything
to do with the beer making process complete with some flow chars some videos to help us
understand. It’s really ideal for us that know literally
nothing about beer making. After the beer making process, the beer then
needs to be bottled or put into kegs to be sent to bars and restaurants all over New
Zealand. And we really get into the nitty gritty of
how that works. See a few machines as well working in action. I really love seeing those bottling plants
working I find it kind of hypnotic to see those parts moving slowly all in an intricate
motion that actually end up with massive results. But what is the In this safe are all the Monteith’s
recipes that they have used in the past and recipes that they are still using to date
so safe to say that they want to keep it really secret. And at the end of the tour is the moment we’ve
all been waiting for. We get to pour our very own beer so we are
taught how to pull the perfect pint but Robin demonstrates that he wasn’t listening at all
in this segment but everyone else only does marginally better. But the good thing here is that we actually
get to drink the beer. And after hearing about all the different
types of beer which are currently available at the Monteith’s Brewery, we are also told
that there is heaps of old recipes that are not available anymore. they were really popular back in the days
but are not made nowadays so we are heading to a very small museum which collects basically
every single beverage that has been made in this brewery back in the days. There are really heaps of them. Really really a lot of them. We have seen hundreds of bottles right here
on display. But because this tour has been extremely well
planned it is now 12 o’clock and Laura and I are getting peckish so we head toward the
bar to order some food as well as a tasting tray each. Robin and I are pretty safe beer drinkers
so we just go for the Monteith’s Original, Cider, golden ale and pilsner and along with
that we get a bit of food as well including CFC which is the Coast Fried Chicken. It’s a pretty awesome way to end our beer
tour so good food good drink good times. But you guys are now going to be treated to
a very rare sight. Laura and I have different plans this afternoon
as she’s heading back to the hostel to update backpackerguide.nz just to make sure all the
information on the website is up to date so you guys can travel safely around New Zealand,
I am heading toward the hospital. I have to get my finger checked up because
if you remember a few days ago I had an allergic reaction to sand fly bites and it’s really
easy to go to the hospital in New Zealand, there’s only a few paperwork to fill in and
you are seen by a doctor in only a few minutes. It turns out that my finger is alright i just
need to put some cream on it and I’m heading back to the hostel because tonight I have
to make food for Laura. Yes, despite Robin going to hospital today
he is making me some food tonight earning me the best girlfriend of the year award. Anyway, Robin’s mingling in the kitchen with
some fellow backpackers and we have some people to eat with tonight. So Robin is getting his brie and mixing it
up with some sundried tomatoes that we got free from you know the free food shelf back
at Bazil’s Hostel in Westport… Ew we’ve been carrying that around for a while.

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