The Rising Tide
107 Newton St, Mount Maunganui
Sun – Thu, 11am – 10pm; Fri – Sat, 11am – 11pm
Situated inside the Mount Brewing Co. brewery (you can sit and watch the brewers at work), The Rising Tide boasts 39 taps of craft beer, cider, wine and cocktails. The first ten are dedicated to Mount Brewing Co. beers, including favourites Mermaid's Mirth – an American pale ale with a big citrus flavour – the Blackbeard Coffee Stout, and the Dark ‘n Stormy Cider, which features hints of ginger, molasses and spices. Brews from another local favourite, Funk Estate, also feature prominently.
If the choice gets to be too much, The Rising Tide’s tasting paddles are a great option – five beers, ciders or wines of your choice served in 100ml beakers.
The restaurant is run by popular local street-food vendors Johney’s Dumpling House but also offers burgers, shish kebabs, vegetarian and vegan options, as well as other Asian fare. There’s also a couple of options for the kids.
Staying in Tauranga? Earlier this year sister bar High Tide opened in the Our Place precinct on Willow Street in the centre of Tauranga. It’s a 40-tap craft beer, wine and cider bar attached to a Mount Brewing Co. Pilot Brewery, built entirely from shipping containers.
20 Domain Rd, Papamoa
Mon – Tue, Closed; Wed – Sun, 12noon – 1am
Founded in October 2017, The Island (set within Papamoa Beach Tavern) has set out to become the Bay of Plenty’s beer. The people behind the brewery want people to think about craft beer in the Bay and think of The Island.
And The Island is well on the way to achieving that dream.
It has quickly made a name for itself with its East Coast Easy Lager, Papamoa Pale Ale, Pony Club Pilsner and Puha Rd IPA – delicious beers with a local flavour.
The East Coast Easy Lager is, as suggested by its name, very easy to drink, while the Papamoa Pale Ale has a delicious citrus finish.
Get along on Friday night to enjoy F$@k Yeah Friday, where you’ll get a beer and a plate of BBQ food for $10, or join them for live music on Sundays.
Departs: Beer O’clock tour – 4pm Wed, Thu, Fri; Brewbus Daily with Lunch – 12.30pm Daily
Pick-up and drop-off: Wharf St, Mount Maunganui (opposite the iSite)
Brewbus is all about ‘taking the people to the beer’.
Founded in the Bay of Plenty in 2017 by a lawyer and a journalist turned craft beer enthusiasts, the Brewbus concept has since spread to Auckland, Waikato, Taupo, Queenstown/Wanaka and soon, Wellington.
Travel in style to Bay of Plenty craft beer destinations such as Slab Brewing, The Island, Fitzpatrick’s Brewing Co and The Barrel Room, where you’ll have the chance to take a behind the scenes look at where the magic happens, hear from the brewers and, of course, taste some of the best beer the Bay has to offer.
The three-hour long Beer O’Clock tour takes in tastings at two iconic Bay of Plenty craft beer destinations, but if you have more time, the five-hour Brewbus Daily with Lunch tour is well worth your while. In addition to two additional tasting destinations, you’ll also receive a Brewbus Taster Beer Glass to take away and enjoy a food and beer pairing lunch to kick off the experience.
Watch this space for their soon to be announced beer experiences – think brewer for a day, beer and food matching sessions and more – and brewcations.
The Cider Factorie
50 Oikimoke Rd, Te Puna
Summer: Wed – Sun, 10am – 6pm
The Cider Factorie in Te Puna has been ‘crushing it in the Bay of Plenty since 2012’ with its Core, Artisan, Reserve and Specialty ranges of cider.
Owners Simon and Rowena Pearce – both qualified wine makers who have spent time working in the Hawke’s Bay, Margaret River and Yarra Valley wine regions – opened a restaurant on-site in 2017, which focuses on sharing plates and platters, designed to complement their ciders.
The restaurant is set in a former avocado packing shed and enjoys views of the inner harbour and across the Kaimai range. The outdoor cidery also makes for an impressive sight.
Give the feijoa apple cider a try for a distinctively New Zealand summer taste or, for something extra special, try the Reserve range, crafted in the same style as many of the world’s top sparkling wines.