Though I have been away for a few years now, I have very fond memories of evenings spent with good mates at Roosters Brewhouse in Hastings, New Zealand.
This was a regular Friday night haunt for us after work, and weekend afternoons after long bike rides in the countryside. My favorite bench was in a corner next to the door leading to the brewhouse. I’d spent hours sitting here nursing an IPA and breathing in the aromas of a mash in progress.
Roosters Brewhouse is a small and friendly micro brewery located on Omahu road, Hastings. It is owned by a gentleman named Chris who is from the wine making industry. I think Chris also owns a winery called the Beach House, and their wines are available at Roosters by the glass or bottle.
This is typical English country styled pub catering to the workers of the area. Everybody here knows everybody else, and the feeling of camaraderie with some great beers makes for an excellent place to hang out.
The overall feel of the place is very rustic and charming. There is an enclosed courtyard around the back with old school wooden benches and tables, and a fire pit for those cold winters.
I haven’t met the Brewer here, but his beers are outstanding. My favorites were the IPA and the Haymaker. The Haymaker is not served on site though because it is a fully loaded 7% ABV. Roosters has a take away concept where you can fill 1.5L flagons of beer to take with you, and this is the only way you can get a taste of the Haymaker.
This is a perfect place to end a day’s labour and catch up with friends and colleagues over a pint of excellent beers.
If you’re ever in NZ, you have to visit Roosters, say hello to everybody there from me, and have a pint each of the IPA and Haymaker on my behalf.