Ultimately the re development game moved ahead again, and the Willis street building was purchased, with the bar having to move. A failed bar became available and we upped sticks to our present home at 48 Courtenay Place in 2007.
The bar then decided to do away with commercial beers altogether and only had the ‘big brewery” beers available by bottle only. Quite a radical move at the time, but it became a key part of our success.
Malthouse made history many times, none less so than by hosting The West Coast IPA challenge. Originally a contest between Epic and Hallertau Brewery, it quickly grew to the point that 20 plus breweries made a beer for it, and the event is still one of the biggest beer events in the country.
Malthouse continues to be the thriving craft beer hub of Wellington that we started out as in 1993. These day’s we have an impressive rotating 30 craft beer taps with every beer style imaginable and over 85 different beers in our fridges. As we celebrate our 30th birthday next year, who knows… we may even be on the move once again!