We're big advocated for local craft beer here at Dish, so when we heard that the boys from the Hutt were opening a unique pop-up in our neck of the woods, it's fair to say that we got a little excited.
Wellington brew-masters Panhead Custom Ales are bringing their impressive range of brews to Auckland's Viaduct this summer, with a unique bar and eatery pop-up.
Formerly a nightclub, the space has been stripped back and customised from the ground-up. There’s now a pool table, games and a 14-strong tap system fashioned with a supercharged V8 as a dramatic centrepiece. The art of Wellington tattoo artist and illustrator Simon Morse flows from Panhead’s bottles onto walls and seating.
Among the foodie offerings, beer-lovers will be treated to a hearty line-up of fare. There’s the fat burger, American chilli dog, jalapeño poppers, Texas smoked brisket, slow-cooked 5 alarm chilli, a penitentiary platter and pecan nuts glazed in blacktop stout and roasted in bacon lard.
Based in Maidstone, Upper Hutt, at what was once an old Dunlop tyre factory, Panhead is the brainchild of brewer Mike Neilsen. More recently he’s been joined by long-time mate, and now General Manager, Josh Drake.
Aucklanders will be pleased to hear Panhead's 14 taps will soon be busy pouring Panhead classics along with an ever-evolving range of limited release specials, many of which will only be available at the Viaduct pop-up and Panhead’s own on-site brewery bar.
To celebrate, we're giving away a $100 bar and eatery experience voucher (to be redeemed on food and beer) to one lucky Dish reader. To be in to win and spoil someone special with a couple of cold ones and some seriously tasty classic pub fare, simply enter your details right here.
Please note – you must be over 18 to enter.