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Golding's Free Dive

We've finally hit December, and that means two things. First of all, it's officially summer (thank Zeus, not that seasons mean much around here). Second of all, it's officially pre-Christmas, and to celebrate these two facts, we're hosting two very seasonal events this week.

This coming Thursday (5th), from 5pm we'll be hosting a pop-up from another City-Market favourite, Mother Falafel. Falafel is of course, one of the more Christmas-y foods (because you know, it's from the Middle East, where Christ was born. C'mon, work with me here). Mother Falafel doesn't have an online presence at this time, but we did find this rather tantalising picture to show you what you're in for...

Our second event is the release of Behemoth Brewing Company's Chur Pale Ale (because Pale Ales are summery, right?). Andrew Childs, the brains (and sizeable brawn) behind Behemoth describes the beer as:

"NZ Pale Ale, 5.5% pale gold, medium to high bitterness for the style, large lashings of NZ Cascade, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin and dry hopped like a mo fo. NZ Hop salad in a glass."  

Chur will be pouring from 5pm on Friday (6th). Supplies are limited, so you'd better get in! See you down here! 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:06

Fritter Away the Day

It looks like hosting pop-up food stalls at Golding's is now well and truly a 'thing'. So far we've had Eat and Greet, Ramen Shop, House of Dumplings and most recently La Boca Loca. "But who's next?" you ask. 

Ok, so maybe you're not asking that, but you should be, because the answer is exciting: Fritter. Local Whitebait-Wizard Simon Williams has been making a splash hit at the Sunday Markets and will now be doing the same at Golding's.

Starting 3pm Saturday November 9, the Fritter Crew will be cooking up delicious Whitebait Fritters on our patio. Hope to see you down here frittering away your afternoon! 

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:04

Dia del los Muertos 2013

With Halloween down upon us, it might be easy to forget another, perhaps altogether worthier festival: Dia de los Muertos; the Day of the Dead. 

Day of the Dead is a Mexican festival of remembrance dating back to ancient Aztec traditions.* In Mexico, families of the deceased gather together to remember, pray for, give offerings to, and celebrate the lives of those that have passed on. 

At Golding's, we'll be celebrating Day of the Dead in a slightly different manner; with beer! Yes, our good friends at Garage Project have yet again brewed up their cavalcade of Mexican themed beers to mark the occasion, and we'll be having them all on tap this coming Saturday! 

Starting at 3pm on the 2nd November, we'll be pouring:

- Day of the Dead, a 6.7% chipotle, agave, cocoa, and vanilla infused black lager. This will be served on tap and from barrel.
- La Calavera Catrina, a  6.0% maize lager, brewed with smoked habaneros, rose water and watermelon. Also served on tap and from barrels.
- Triple Day of the Dead, a 11.5% behemoth, brewed to mark the third anniversary of the Garage's DotD celebration. 

If five limited release beers wasn't enough to get you excited, our friends at Miramar's renowned La Boca Loca will be joining the party. They'll be serving up authentic Mexican tacos from 3pm on our outdoor area. 

Fancy dress is also an important part of Day of the Dead, so be hosting a dress-up competition. come in Mexican garb, with your face painted and you might just win a little prize or two! 

Whilst all this talk of food and drink is great, we should never forget the significance of tradition. In Mexico they build ofrendas (shrines or alters) to the departed. These traditionally contain photographs of the deceased and offerings of their favourite food and drink.

To honor this, we'll be building our own ofrenda. Please feel free to bring down photos and offering and we'll raise a toast to those who can no longer be with us. 

See you down here from 3pm.

¡Salud!

*And it's not just 'Mexican Halloween'.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:56

Snakes Alive!

It's Halloween. Must be time for a Halloween party, and a special Halloween beer! Golding's is fronting the party, and Baylands Brewing is sorting the beer. But what to make, we fretted over a pint. Pumpkin beer? Too obvious. Green Beer? Too St Patrick's day. 

What about a Halloween Candy Beer? Now we're talking! And so this Halloween, Golding's Free Dive, in collaboration with Baylands brewery will be pouring Snakes Blood Wheat Ale, a Candy-Wheat Beer. Using a Wheat Beer base, Aidan Styles has boiled up gummy-snakes and strawberries. Ferment that with a Bavarian yeast and dry hop it with more strawberries and vanilla pods. 

Sounds... um, well, bonkers. And FUN! Is it good? Who knows. Is it exciting? YES! And hopefully it'll bring back those memories of hassling bewildered neighbours and eating waaaay to much processed sugar products! 

See you there!

Thursday, 24 October 2013 16:02

Ramengeddon

The World might be ending, but at least we can still have noodles!

Yes it's that time again, the time when we turn our modest little kitchen over to the lads from the Ramen Shop to dispense their bowls of delicious noodles from. 

Noodles kick-off from 4pm on Sunday 27 October. As usual, 25% SOBA discounts apply on beers. 

We understand Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan will not be making appearances.  

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 16:58

News from the North(end)

Summer is coming. Must mean it's time for a beer-launch again. 

Yes, the Lower-North Island's latest* brewing company Northend will be having their official Wellington launch with the release of their third ever beer at Golding's Free Dive on the this coming Thursday (October 24). And because Summer is (allegedly) just around the corner, their latest release will be appropriately golden and summery: a hoppy wheat ale. 

Now we haven't tried it, but the brewery description makes it sound pretty damn exciting:

"A hoppy golden summer beer that combines the tartness of an American Wheat Ale with the clean hoppy crispness of a New Zealand Pilsner.  Originally designed to clear the seawater out of Head Brewer Kieran Haslett-Moore’s throat after an afternoon out with the crab pot at Waikanae beach."

Sounds good to us. 

There will also be supporting acts present, in the form of North End's Amber Ale (on tap) and E.S.B (on handpump). We'll also be serving up some delicious nibbles from Waikanae's Long Beach Cafe.

The beers go live from 5pm. Hope to see you down here! 

* Although by the time this goes to press they may not be the latest brewing company. There may be another one by then. Or another three. Who keeps track these days?