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The Free House

The Free House Review

Sorry, the ale isn't free here—the name means that this place isn't tied to any particular brewery, so you can try a whole range of the best crafted beer from this very crafty beer region. You can also order in light meals and pizzas or bring a takeout and eat with the locals out on the lawn—plates and blankets provided. There's live music some nights, in the adjoining Mongolian yurt, at other times maybe a poet or two. Check their Web site for upcoming gigs. The Free House is also family-friendly, even in the evening—and it's been voted one of New Zealand's best beer venues by a specialist beer magazine. Oh, and it's in a former church.

Updated: 02-18-2014

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