Walking tours on offer from a dedicated beer-lover
Neil Miller used to write speeches for politicians in New Zealand’s capital, but he’s given all that up in favor of a stroll and a few quiet tipples.
Miller was always fond of a beer and gradually found a way to combine that pleasure with a passion for the city of Wellington by adding boutique beer-tasting to the popular Wild About Wellington tour company’s offerings. Miller is conveniently aided by the fact that he’s a resident of New Zealand’s most hip, happening and beer-friendly city.
Over half the Wellington population are under 50 and its compact size and low-key atmosphere creates a friendly environment. As the 14th most beer thirsty nation worldwide, New Zealanders get through plenty of amber nectar too, and it’s fair to say Wellingtonians are not afraid of contributing on that front.
However, a boutique beer tour is intent upon exposing the growing passion for quality over quantity in the city. The Malthouse is a fine example, voted best bar in New Zealand by Brewers Magazine not long ago. Miller’s expert advice and tasting notes guide you through a selection from the huge repertoire of pale ales, pilsners, porters – and more – on offer.
Further down the street, St. Johns Bar brings a gourmet element to the proceedings as parties are served dishes prepared especially to complement each beer. The small taster platters developed by chef Kit Foe not only fill your stomach but also allow Miller to demonstrate how the complex flavors of the beer can bring out equally engaging grace notes from the food.
Also offering food, chocolate and style-oriented walking tours of the city, Wild About Wellington is dedicated to providing a local’s-eye view for visitors to the city. The boutique beer tour offers a number of different packages, be it a single session at one bar to sample a number of different drinks and accompanying food, or a walking tour of a selection of venues.