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Cityscape Eating @
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There’s an element of New York cool to our very own Belgian Beer Café Torenhof – specifically, it recalls the Big Apple’s penchant for tucking killer watering holes and dining hot spots in unusual and unassuming locales. You can’t help but be reminded of this as you enter Christchurch’s hallowed ground of fine Belgian ales and European cuisine mastery via The Colombo’s car park. If there’s an additional sense of déjà vu once you’re inside the reinstated Belgian Beer Café Torenhof’s 1920s-hip time capsule, too, it’s on account of the entire fit-out (sans a few broken glasses) being relocated from their old central city venue and repurposed into its current digs following the quakes.The establishment expresses its anachronistic Belgian ‘brown bar’ bent via the familiar dark wood panelling and bevelled edge mirrors, sturdy dark-wood furniture, leather booth seating, deco lighting and vintage maps, paintings, and retro Belgian beer paraphernalia decorating the walls...
Cityscape The Drinks List
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Cityscape talks to some of the city’s brewing craftspeople about the reasons for the craft beer boom, their motivations, and a few of their drops to watch out for. Jumped on the craft beer/boutique beer appreciation train yet? With the number of craft breweries in the country increasing from just 3 around 1980 to closer to 80 today, it’s fair to say our beer horizons have massively expanded, and with increasing numbers of bustling brew-pubs, beer-focussed bars/cafes/restaurants, boutique beer stores and local craft breweries popping up, Christchurch might just be getting ideas about giving Wellington and Nelson run for their money in the contest to be the nation’s craft beer capital. Local brewers all agree that New Zealand is part of a worldwide surge of interest in craft beer at present, perhaps spurred on in particular locally by the sense that there’s a bit of catching up to do. “I think...
Cityscape The Drinks List
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Situated on Colombo St, along side Sydenham hot spot The Colombo, The Beer Library is Christchurch’s only craft beer bottle store. A relaxed atmosphere, an outstanding selection, and knowledgeable staff providing excellent service ensure that this is the perfect place for everyone to find their perfect beer, from the biggest ‘hop-heads’ to craft beer novices.The first thing you'll notice when walking in to The Beer Library is the wall of chillers that ensurethe stock stays as fresh as the day it left the brewery. With well over 300 different bottles and five constantly rotating taps for rigger fills, The Beer Library curates the largest selection of craft beer available in the South Island. The Beer Library stocks beers from local Christchurch breweries, further afield in New Zealand, and hard to find beers from around the globe. You’re sure to find something you’ve never had!As if the selection alone wasn’t enough,...
Cityscape The Scoop
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Heads up, snow bunnies – there's an extra reason to get up to Mt Hutt his weekend. Corona are bringing their beautifully-restored 1963 Airstream trailer (which made its debut appearance last summer) to the mountain as the last stop in its nationwide tour of popular snow destinations in both the North and South Island this month. Corona will be carving the slopes up quite literally this Saturday the 23rd August – sculpting a customised Snow Bar and putting on a free music performance from Wanaka act Arma Del Amor. Tunes start from midday. Scope out Corona NZ’s Facebook page to discover more details....