Panhead Custom Bar

Weird, Wonderful and Intense Craft Beer at the Viaduct

Wellington brewmasters Panhead Custom Ales are bringing their impressive range to the waterfront this summer with a pop-up bound to generate serious excitement amongst Auckland beer lovers.

Known for their inventiveness and a willingness to try anything in the name of flavour, many of Panhead’s more exciting one-offs haven’t made it this far north until now.

Newly opened, those 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.

These include Busted Knuckle, a massive Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels for a vinous tang; Bug Crusher, aged in chardonnay barrels and fermented with a proprietary yeast from Crux Fermentation Project in the U.S.; Batch 003, a Milk IPA sweetened with lactose from actual cows; and Snake Oil, a soured IPA, premiered at this year’s Beervana.

There’s also a beer cocktail list and a small food menu designed to work with what’s on tap.

The mouthwatering food is hearty and full of American-inspired flavours. The must-tries on the menu include a fat burger, American chili dog, jalapeño poppers, Texas smoked brisket, slow-cooked 5 alarm chili, a penitentiary platter and pecan nuts glazed in blacktop stout and roasted in bacon lard.

And if all that beer isn’t quite enough to entertain or keep the conversation rolling there’s a pool table, pinball machines and dart board, and a stage that’ll have live rock, rockabilly and blues on occasion.

A selection of wine is also on offer for those who haven’t got to grips with the new world of beer just yet.  

Contact details

Viaduct Harbour
204 Quay Street
Opening hours: 
Sun 11.30am-Late
Wed 11.30am-Late
Thu 11.30am-Late
Fri 11.30am-Late
Sat 11.30am-Late