Rhyme X Reason Tap Room

Join us for a pint, tasting paddle or snag a bottle or rigger fill to take away with you. 

The ultimate Wanaka beer spot

Make yourself at home in our cosy macrocarpa Tap Room, watch your favorite beers get brewed and enjoy the sounds and smells of our working brewery. Get snug in the malt room or soak up the sun and good vibes in our beer garden. 

We are dog and family-friendly!

Want to try the best of New Zealand craft beer?

Enjoy a tasting paddle of our four favourite beers: Happy Pils Pilsner, Mt Alpha West Coast IPA, Black Lips Porter and Joy Rider Pale Ale. Or make your own paddle and select from the 12 beers we have on tap. 

Outdoor beer garden 

Our Tap Room opens right up to our beer garden, which gets the very best of the afternoon Wānaka sun. It also parks you closest to the Otsumami tent!

12 locally brewed beers on tap

Our twelve taps are ever-changing, but we almost always have our core range on offer.

We also love to mix it up with guest taps, collaborations, experiments and more canned offerings in the fridge too. Fresh hops, habanero saisons, coffee IPAs, fruity sours, rice lagers… When it comes to beers, there’s not much we won’t try!

  • Joy Rider Pale Ale (5.2%)

    A balanced AF medley of citrus hops, boasting tropical notes and a straightforward malt profile. It’s a smooth ride that is mellow and crisp, always satisfies.

    Black Lips Porter (5.2%)

    Our quaffable, classic English Style Brown Porter. With a face like that on the label, it’s gotta be good. Cheers to Captain Black Lips!

    Voyage to Nectaron Hazy IPA (6%)

    From the bottom of the earth and beyond, the Nectaron hop oozes juices and engages a silky Hazy IPA voyage. Dank, fresh, fruity, sunshine vibes launch into liftoff.

  • Mt Alpha West Coast IPA (6.7%)

    A classic. An old skool and righteously traditional American IPA. Solid malt ascent with a clean and dry ridgeline. The peak of Mt. Alpha features a full flavour punch to your heart. A local cult classic brewed at the base of Mt. Alpha.

    Fruity Patootie Hazy IPA (4.9%)

    The legend on the label of this beer almost jumped out of her signature Carhartts and shouted, "FRUITY PATOOTIE!" on trying this beer. Well Jessy, we agree, this one ticks all the boxes.

    Happy Pils Pilsner (5.2%)

    Brewed true to style, a crisp and refreshing drop that yields high drinkability, especially any time of any day.

More than beer:

Central Otago wines and NZ ciders

If beer’s not your thing, we also offer a local wine list, NZ ciders, soft drinks and a few snacky snacks.

Food

We offer a selection of snacks and light meals in the taproom. We also welcome BYOF (Bring your own food), whether that be takeaways from town or your own picnic. And, of course, we have our resident food magician, Otsumami, offering truly sensational Asian fusion eats full of sunshine, social lubrication and good times - which all go great with beer! Order on your phone by scanning the QR code on your table. Otsumami hours do vary, please check their social media to confirm opening days and times. (link “Ostumami” to their insta page)

Music and events

Our community brewery prides itself on hosting a huge range of events, from local musicians to poetry slams and comedy clubs. 

We have live music in the Tap Room most Saturday’s from 4-6pm, featuring local artists, touring bands passing through, DJs or acoustic soloists. Follow us on social media for upcoming shows, and get in touch if you’d like to come play!

Get in touch

Come in and see us!

Opening hours 

The Rhyme X Reason Tap Room is open daily at 1pm Monday-Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. We shut the doors around 8:30pm (ish), but we aren't strangers to staying open later for live music or a comedy show, we are flexible! We just usually quiet down around 8:00pm due to our industrial location. 

Daily Hoppy Hour

We offer $1 off pints and selected wines and ciders every day from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.