A Newcomer’s Guide Craft Beer

Did you know that New Zealand is the country with the most breweries per capita in the world?

Beer is, in fact, one of the most popular drinks in the country – if not the most popular one – and, if you know anything about this refreshing beverage, you’re probably familiar with the fact that there are dozens of beer styles you can try.

Today, we’ll explore a bit about six of the most common craft beer types. Keep reading!

Pale Ale

As the name suggests, Pale Ales are light-coloured beers. There are many different types of Pale Ales, such as IPAs and APAs, so it’s difficult to describe this type of craft beer without getting into too much detail. However, if you like a touch of bitterness in your beer, you’ll like Pale Ale.

Flavour: It depends on the type of Pale Ale, but they’re generally fruity

Alcohol by volume: 6% to 7%

Good food pairings: Burgers, Mexican food, or fried food

Brown Ale

On the other side of the spectrum from Pale Ale is the Brown Ale. This type of craft beer is darker, but not to the level of others we’re going to talk about soon. If you want to dabble in the world of dark beers, a Brown Ale is a great starting point.

Flavour: Hints of caramel and, sometimes, a nutty flavour

Alcohol by volume: 4% to 6.3%

Good food pairings: Red meat, beef stew, or gouda cheese


Kölsch is a German beer and it is very light and easy to drink, which makes it a perfect beverage for craft beer newbies. It’s also great if you don’t love the taste of alcohol, as it is virtually undetectable.

Flavour: Soft, sparkling, slightly fruity

Alcohol by volume: 4.4% to 5.2%

Good food pairings: Creamy cheese, pizza, or salads


If you’ve ever had a Guinness, then you’ve had a Stout. These are a unique type of beer, as they are usually described as creamy and thick. As we like to say: when in doubt, go for a Stout.

Flavour: Hints of liquorice, coffee, or chocolate

Alcohol by volume: 5% to 10%

Good food pairings: Grilled food, chocolate, or oysters


If you like dark beers, you need to try a Porter. You can choose between a Brown Porter, which is like a Brown Pale but stronger, or a Robust Porter, which is maltier and more intense.

Flavour: Hints of chocolate, toffee, or caramel

Alcohol by volume: 4% to 5.4%

Good food pairings: Barbecue, stews, or smoked foods


Bock is another German beer and if we had to describe it in one word, we’d definitely say malty. This beer perfectly combines sweetness and bitterness.

Flavour: Slightly bitter with hints of caramel

Alcohol by volume: 6% to 7%

Good food pairings: Swiss cheese, roasted meats, or jerk chicken

Ready to Try All of These Craft Beer Types?

Now that you’re familiar with some of the countless craft beer types there are, you probably understand why some people are so passionate about this beverage and… you’re probably quite thirsty.

So why not come visit us? We have 23 taps of beer and plenty of delicious food for you to indulge in. Check our menu!