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What’s Up and Coming at Galbraith’s! 

Good News.. The start of your week is about to get a whole lot better!

From 15th August we are REOPENING Mondays!

Open from 12pm-10pm, let us take those Monday Blues away with a pint and a meal.

We are counting down the days for when the nights are getting warmer and longer again.
Keep an eye out for updates on what is up and coming in the Garden. 


Keith, Andrea and the Galbraith’s Team

Brewing and serving craft beer before it was cool

At the Alehouse we have been serving world-beating beers from our on-site brewery since 1995. Once again named one of Metro’s Top 10 Auckland Bars in 2020 and boasting one of the most extensive beer lists in the country, we are committed to being the best. Located in the beautiful lofty Grafton library building at the top of Mt Eden Road the feeling when you walk through the doors is welcoming and relaxed.

Our hand-made food showcases the heritage of our experienced team of chefs whilst staying true to our pub roots. Produce is sourced locally, delivered fresh every day and collected from the on-site gardens.

David O’Leary

Head brewer

Born and raised in Dublin, David joined the Alehouse family in 2011, training directly with Keith from the ground up. Always happy to have a yarn about what’s brewing, he is passionate about cask-conditioned ales and his family. In 2019 he became proud father to the newest additions to the Alehouse family, young twins Ted and Benji.

Keith Galbraith

Founder

Born in Hamilton across the river from the Waikato Brewery, Keith began his career working with wine. He quickly found that his skills and knowledge translated across to brewing. Seeing few true Real Ales being produced, he opened the Alehouse in 1995 with the desire to bring real, old-world beer styles, brewed with traditional techniques to New Zealand. Since opening the Alehouse, his beers have been recognised and acclaimed locally and at an international level, including in 2017 with two gold medals and a the trophy for world champion in the strong dark beer class at the prestigious International Brewing Awards in Burton-on-Trent, considered the Oscars of the brewing world.

Darby Brooks

Head Chef

Born in New Hampshire, USA Darby started as a chef aged 13. In the four decades since he has spent time working in restaurants at Michelin star level across the World and trained up and coming chefs at a prestigious cooking school in Switzerland. Family bought him to New Zealand in 2013 where he spent time working in banqueting at a 5 star hotel and as Executive Chef at two renowned Auckland Golf Courses. Ultimately his personal love of delicious, bistro style food led him to Galbraith’s where he shares Keith’s goal to deliver outstanding food in relaxed and comforting Pub surroundings.

Gaby Wilkinson

Bar Manager

Born and bred in North Yorkshire, Gaby has grown up in and around pubs and has always had a love for great beer and good food. In January 2019 she left home to travel and landed in Auckland four months later. Despite not planning on being in New Zealand long term, she has fallen for New Zealand and found a home away from home at the Pub.

Beers

Our specialty cask-conditioned, hand-pulled Real Ale and European inspired lagers are complimented by a range of seasonal beers from local and international producers. Available to enjoy here, or by the flagon to take home.

Real ale

Cask is cool 10°C

Galbraith’s Alehouse opened in 1995 as New Zealand’s only producer of cask-conditioned Real Ale in well over half a century. We make our real ales the same way we have for years with the finest English malt, noble English variety whole hop flowers and unique strains of ale yeast. Our ales contain no sugars (unless otherwise stated) or preservatives and are not filtered or pasteurised to retain as much flavor as possible. We are proud to be considered the best producer of authentic Real Ale outside of the U.K.

Mr G's LUNCHEON ALE (3.7%)

11.9

A Bronze full flavored Session Ale.

This medium strength ale was first brewed by Keith in 2008. In 2009 it won 1st equal prize in UK Pub chain J. D. Wetherspoons 30th Anniversary Real Ale Festival heading off 44 U.K. and 4 International brewers.
Mr G’s is suitable for daytime drinking with its low ABV. However, it punches way above its weight with good rich malt and a balancing bitter finish.

Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Warm/Open
  • Carbonation Level Medium
  • Malt Pale Ale and Red Crystal
  • Hops Celia Flowers
  • Maturation Cask conditioned
  • IBU’s 25.0
  • Yeast Irish Ale Yeast
  • Water Soft with few minerals

BELLRINGER’S BEST BITTER (4.8%)

12.9

A classic Best Bitter with full palate and lingering fruity/bitter finish.

First brewed by Keith in 1987 when he worked for Larkins Brewery in Kent.
A recent upgrade has seen the ABV move up to 4.8% while the recipe remains relatively unchanged.
A classic “Best” brewed using Maris Otter Pale Ale and Crystal malts with a smidge of dark roasted malt. Goldings hops throughout lend a soft “Old World” aroma and bitterness.

Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Warm/Open
  • Carbonation Level Medium
  • Malt Pale Ale and Medium Crystal
  • Hops Goldings Flowers
  • Maturation Cask conditioned
  • IBU’s 35.0
  • Yeast Southern England Strain
  • Water Medium hard

YES PADDY MILK STOUT MILK STOUT (4.7%)

12.9

Back in 2017 Brewer Dave/Teddy/Paddy O’Leary had been pestering Keith to allow him to brew a Lactose (Milk) Stout for a while. Being a purist, up until that time, Keith’s answer had always been NO. In a moment of weakness when asked for the 100th time Keith screamed “Yes Paddy”. And so, a legend was born.

Pale ale malt, oats and a blend of darker malts are the backbone of this Stout. Brambling Cross Hops in several additions lend the balancing bitterness to the grain and lactose richness.

Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Warm/Open
  • Carbonation Level Medium
  • Malt
  • Hops
  • Maturation Cask conditioned
  • IBU’s
  • Yeast
  • Water Medium hard

STAR SPANGLED BANNER IPA (5.3%)

13.5

Our current seasonal IPA. Golden bronze in colour, there is an immediate assault on the nose of resin and tropical fruit from Simcoe, Amarillo & CTZ. Complex ale malts provide the backbone, and the finish is relatively soft given the usually hard nature of US hops.

Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Warm/Open
  • Carbonation Level Medium
  • Malt
  • Hops
  • Maturation Cask conditioned
  • IBU’s
  • Yeast
  • Water Medium hard

Lager & ale

SERVED CHILLED 4°C

The last 10 years have seen us venture into the world of European lager and New World beer styles. Our recent modern brewery addition has allowed us to improve our offerings markedly. Our attitude to these creations hasn’t changed though, our focus is still to produce beer that is flavoursome, unique and not run of the mill. Beer that has real flavor, more than just a thirst quencher. Like our Real Ale these beers are made only from finest malt and hops we can find and various strains of brewer’s yeast. They are unpasteurised and contain no preservatives.

PILSNER BOHEMIAN STYLE (4.3%)

11.9
Fresh tasting aromatic lager with a full bodied malty and refreshing finish. Brewed in the style of the original Czech lagers, not the modern generic Euro-pils that tastes the same no matter what brewery puts it in a glass. Bohemian is light bronze in colour from the use of caramel malts and is full bodied for its ABV. Generous amounts of Czech and German whole hop flowers lend authentic Old World flavours and aromas. Gold Medal – International Brewing & Cider Awards UK 2017
Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Cold Enclosed Conical
  • Carbonation Level High
  • Malt Moravian Pilsner, Vienna, Cara Bohemian
  • Hops Saaz, Hersbrucker & Tettnager
  • Maturation Lagered in Tank
  • IBU’s 35.0
  • Yeast Czech Strain
  • Water Medium Hard

NZPA NZ PALE ALE (4.9%)

12.9
A light bodied ale with unique malty character and a floral hoppy finish. Hops are not overdone. A classic golden hued pale ale with full malty palate and strong New Zealand hop character. NZ hops are sometimes accompanied by a hard, dry character that leaves a puckering feeling around the tongue caused by natural acids in the hop flower. We’ve selected varieties to make this beer that are low in these acids enhancing its drinkability.
Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Cold Enclosed Conical
  • Carbonation Level High
  • Malt Pale Ale, Caramalt, Munich Type 2
  • Hops Kohatu, Pacifica, Riwaka
  • Maturation Lagered in Tank
  • IBU’s 25.0
  • Yeast House strain
  • Water Soft with few Minerals

LAGER MUNICH STYLE (5.0%)

12.9
A soft, malty lager with fine aroma and a balancing bitter finish. Batch brewed in time-honoured fashion using Bavarian malt and noble German whole hop flowers. Extended lagering has ensured a soft malty beer with a fine aroma and mildly bitter finish. The least challenging beer for those new to our range.
Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Cold Enclosed Conical
  • Carbonation Level High
  • Malt German Lager, Carapils and Vienna
  • Hops Tettnager and Hersbrucker
  • Maturation Lagered in Tank
  • IBU’s 25.0
  • Yeast Bavarian
  • Water Soft with few minerals

DOUBLE DRY HOPPED HAZY PALE ALE (5.5%)

13.5
A true to style Hazy Pale Ale. This time packed with Mosaic, Idaho 7 and Talus for two dry hop additions. Think tropical fruit salad. Brewer “Hazy Davy” O’Leary thinks he’s pretty flash at making this style of ale and who are we to disagree when he’s correct for the first time in his life. Always made with the same malts and oats, Dave’s Hazy utilises different hops in each batch he brews just to keep things interesting for you. Notes for the current batch are on the bar blackboard.
Brew profile
  • Fermentation Method Enclosed Conical
  • Carbonation Level Medium-Low
  • Malt Pale Ale and Pale Crystal
  • Hops Varies
  • Maturation Served Fresh
  • IBU’s 30.0
  • Yeast London Fog
  • Water Soft

Bookings

To avoid disappointment please book below. For groups larger than 10, please email us on bookings@alehouse.co.nz. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Our Opening hours are:

  • Tuesday to Sunday: From 12pm
  • No public holiday surcharge

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