The Free House - untied to any brewery.
Over 800 different beers poured on tap and hand pump since 2009.
Recommended - Lonely Planet 2011-15
Best Pub Nelson-Tasman Region (SOBA Awards) 2013,
Best Pub in NZ (Beer and Brewer Magazine 2013, 2014)
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you ever wanted to know about The Free House.
Can't find us? We are opposite the Giant
Squid at 95 Collingwood St. or see map below...
the menu from the Mint Kitchen (available every day except Monday)
BLINC Pies, COMIDA pasta dishes, Gourmet Chorizo, Ploughmans, bowl
of dolmades + artichokes + olives, bowl of mixed olives, pickled eggs,
PROPER crisps, peanuts OR Bring your own takeaways into the pub and
we will usually provide plates, napkins and cutlery. (Sorry no McDonalds,
Burger King or similar fast food outlets). If you can bring your plates
etc back to the bar when you have finished eating, we will love you
Regardless of the Mint Kitchen being open/closed we can offer customers
other substantial dishes at all times, right up until
closing time. These include BLINC gourmet pies, COMIDA pasta meals,
chorizo/cheese platters and Ploughmans.
A selection of fine local wines from Blackenbrook, Orinoco,
Richmond Plains, Rimu Grove, Aronui, Brightwater Gravels, Kahurangi
Estates, Woollaston, Greenhough and Middle Earth. Plus a
superb selection of premium Whisky, Vodka, Grappa
TAP: Mussel Inn Ginger Beer, Mussel Inn Lemonade, filtered water.
BOTTLED/CANS: Da’ Maha Cocunut Water, All Good Lemmy Lemonade
and Gingerella, Karma Organic Cola, Benger Juices (Apple and Boysenberry,
Apple and Feijoa, Apple and Raspberry, Apricot, Nectarine and Tomato),
soda water, tonic water, lime juice etc.
IN CARTONS: Charlie’s Pressed Apple Juice, Charlie’s Squeezed
is at the heart of New Zealand’s hop growing region and is the
epicentre of the Kiwi craft brewing industry. The Free House is Nelson’s
first pub of its kind - our goal is to 'set the beers free' - meaning
we aim to offer you an endlessly changing menu of local and national
craft beers. We are the only pub in Nelson serving cask-conditioned
Only hand pumps in town ~ religious paint
job ~ the amazing Free House Sound System.
first free house pub is the brainchild of Dead
Good Beer Events, the creators of the ‘Nelson Beer Fêtes’
held quarterly at Founders Heritage Park and the annual MarchFest
hops and music festival.
What is a ‘free house’ ?
WIKIPEDIA: “Unlike a tied-house, a free house is a pub that
is owned independently of the brewery (or breweries) that supply it.
As a result, a free house can stock whichever beers it chooses from
whichever breweries it chooses. Free houses are rare, the majority
of pubs are tied-houses.”