How The BREWERS Started

The Brewers has been a local feature of the Merivale hospitality scene since 1989. Over the years its been through various incarnations of itself. Most recently the venue was purchased by Josh Lilly and Luke Piper. Josh and Luke met around 10 years ago and struck up a friendship over mutual interests in sport and business. Josh was already an owner of one hospitality venue in North Canterbury and Luke a company in SME advisory. However, inexplicably one day the pair had a slight brain explosion and decided to buy a pub right on COVID lock down. Anyway, like all small businesses during that time there were some stressful moments, but hey we got through it and the rest as they say is history.

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"Cocktail Classes"

"“Recently have just done their cocktail making class! And it was Brilliant! Highly recommend doing it for any occasion! Was organised so well, and the food and cocktails were amazing!! Will definitely be back to book another one for another occasion!!!”– Holly Kate

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“One of a kind restaurant”

“We nearly missed this place as we were wandering looking for a meal and I am so glad we didn't. It was warm and busy with the din of people laughing and chatting. The food was devine!!! I had a steak and as I like mine rare, I often find people struggle to get it right but so much yum!!!! - Tracey Boswell

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“You must not miss it”

“A great place to go for a casual pub meal. Have been twice in recent weeks and the food has been excellent. Large portions, beautifully cooked. Lovely staff too. Highly recommend this place!” - Lucy Thomas