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Staff Profiles in Courage: Ryan Mann
Monday, 16 March 2020 16:13

Staff Profiles in Courage: Ryan Mann

There’s a new crew on deck at the mighty Malthouse.

Old faces have left for new adventures, replaced by a new international team who have put in many hours of Malthouse research at their own expense. And the ever-stalwart Makka is still behind the bar winning customers over with his extensive beer knowledge.

The new Captain of the good ship Malthouse is new General Manager Ryan Mann. Ryan spoke to the ‘house blog this week:

“I’ve been here for three weeks now. I was running a bar called Birdcage prior to this. It’s on Dixon Street, a little dive bar with craft beer, cocktails and the hospo crowd. Prior to that working for Mojo coffee at the airport – starting at three in the morning is weird!

“I came to New Zealand in 2011 for the Rugby World Cup, supporting Wales, and I stayed. I was from Wales originally and grew up in England. My old boss’s daughter was sick and he gave me his tickets, I was like OK! I was working in “Polynesian Tiki” bars in the UK. Met my wife here, been married for five years – it’s the old story!

“I was working at the Grand (Courtenay Place, over the road from the ‘house), then Mojo, Birdcage and now here.

“I’ve been a regular here for the last eight years and previous managers are old friends. Kieran is one of my best friends and Makka is one of my wife’s best friends. So it was nice to be asked to come in here on the other side of the bar.

“The customers here know what they like in a beer and like to give feedback. They’re not afraid to experiment and that’s what you want when you’ve got 30 taps.

“The West Coast IPA Challenge is one of the most amazing beer events for me. What Colin did is great and the way the brewers get behind it is phenomenal. And it’s hell of a fun knees up with great people.

“And we’ve got Sourfest coming up real soon too. That’s always very popular. And at the other end of the range, I do love Darkest Days. I enjoy a good dark stout. I couldn’t make it last year and turned up the next day and a lot had sold out.

“The crowd here is extremely different to other Courtenay Place bars. This is so much of an institution for beer lovers. They’ve got good beer knowledge already so you have to be on point. I can’t just repeat last week’s order from DB like I used to at other places. We get a lot of tourists coming here because they know the Malthouse has a good range of beers.

“We’re are pretty much new team now, apart from Makka. Myself, Charlotte, Rachael, Cormac and Chris have all started this year. We want to keep the place driving forward. We’re all here to drink good beer and have a good time. We want to have some good events here, bands, brewery parties. We’ve got a glam rock night with Boneface planned, and a Maiden/Duncan's brewing disco night coming up too. We want to have a party on Courtenay Place without being like everyone else on Courtenay Place.”

Malthouse events

Friday March 20 – International Day of Happiness – Most Behemoth tap takeover. Join us for a the International Day of Happiness for Behemoth’s biggest ever tap takeover! 20 kegs of Behemoth Goodness.  Old classics, new fun stuff and overall awesome beer and good times.

3 & 4 April – Sourfest 2020 – Sourfest 2020 has landed in Wellington! 28 Sour beers pouring with new releases, old favorites and much much more from all of your favorite breweries! We also have some cracking sour beers in the Malthouse vault that you simply will not see anywhere else in New Zealand, and will pouring at Sourfest 2020!

Deep Creek Hawaiin 2.0
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 14:26

Still waters run deep

Over the past years Deep Creek Brewing Co has been quietly raking in a shed load of awards.

  • Champion Medium International Brewery – Australian International Beer Awards 2019
  • Champion Small International Brewery – Australian International Beer Awards 2017
  • Champion New Zealand Beer 2019 – Diep Kreik

And not only have they been obviously managing the quality of the beer brewed, but they have been extremely creative and continue to produce a wide and imaginative range.

As will be demonstrated this Friday at our very own Malthouse this Friday 21 February with the Deep Creek Hawaiian Party 2.0.

The Champion Brewery is coming to Courtenay Place, with the Champion Beer, and with a DJ, party and exciting merch give aways!

It is always a special occasion when Deep Creek’s Scotty brings the party to the ‘house. This week he brings 20 Deep Creek beers on tap, covering everything beer from trad pilsners, through a range of hazies, right up to imperial barrel aged treats!

Deep Creek pride themselves on running a series of special projects, which give them the opportunity to riff on a central theme and experiment with variations.

“Our beer projects are our way of exploring fuller flavours and consistently bringing new and interesting brews to our customers throughout the year. Our flavour fuelled range ensures delicious craft beer can make its way to your taste buds all year round.”

For example, the Haiku project has released a series of hazy IPA, two of which will be available at the Malthouse this week.

Other series are Totem – West Coast IPAs – and Tiki, their sour range.

2019 Champion New Zealand beer Diep Kreik is an outcome of the Wildwood series, combining the unpredictable complexities of wild fermentation and barrel aging.

Diep Kreik is a local spin on a Belgian classic. From DC’s Wildwood Project, it was brewed in 2017 and aged in red wine barrels. In the Belgian Kreik tradition, it includes cherries and the result is a complex, sweet, tart flavour experience.

Beer’s this fortuitous are one-offs, but the Malthouse is extremely proud to be the only place on the planet where you can get the 2020 updated version, uniquely and exclusive on tap for the First and possibly only time ever.

Deep Creek’s Scotty will bring the party to the ‘house with tales of their brewing success plus exclusive merch giveaways!

Official taplist:


Misty Miyagi

Maholo Pineapple Mint sour


Redwood APA

Undercurrent pilsner

Lotus pale ale

Miss Tiki Lychee Grapefruit Sour

Wisdom WCIPA

Lava Lava Mango Raspberry Sour

Strength Mountain IPA

Haiku Hazy Double IPA


Brewtiful Haze NEIPA

Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel aged Wild Imperial Porter

Solera Aged golden sour ale

Lep Belle Nitro

Dusty Gringo               India Brown Ale


Roeselare Barrel aged red sour

20 taps!!!!!

Malthouse Events

Deep Creek Hawaii 2.0, Friday 21 February. 20 taps including exclusive brews and new releases. Merch prizes to be won for the loudest Hawaiin shirt as judged by Scotty on the night.  Tap Takeover, Lei’s and hula hulas. Frozen Deep Creek sours from our froze machine. Live DJ and much much more.. A night not to be missed Wellington!

Ginhouse Returns
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:20

2020 VisionIt’s a tradition here at Malthouse Blog Publishing Ltd. to start January with predictions for the coming year.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:15

You know that one friend who always misses your birthday?

Fortune Favours the Bold
Saturday, 30 November 2019 16:35

The Duke of Wellington was an extraordinary man.

Give me Liberty or give me ping pong!
Friday, 22 November 2019 15:40

The game of table tennis has a long and noble history.

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