Free House - untied to any brewery. Over 1000 different beers on tap
- Lonely Planet 2011-16;
Best Pub Nelson-Tasman Region - SOBA Awards 2013, 2014, 2015;
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...
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
We are currently equipping our new Cuisine Caravan in the beer garden to replace Mint Kitchen (which has closed down).
In the meantime, we still offer PREGO pasta dishes, Gourmet Chorizo, Ploughmans, Marcel's Pies, bowls
of dolmades + artichokes + olives, bowls of mixed olives,
PROPER crisps, peanuts OR Bring your own Asian takeaways into the
pub and we will usually provide plates, napkins and cutlery. If you
can bring your plates etc back to the bar when you have finished eating,
we will love you forever.
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.”