An idea born out of necessity.
Way back in 2006 when we opened our first Tavern, most of the taps in virtually all of the pubs throughout New Zealand were strictly controlled by one or other
of the two big breweries, and served only what some would now refer to as "bland, mainstream beer". Meanwhile, a craft beer revolution was underway and an increasingly large (yet still rather
small) portion of the drinking public were crying out for real beer - beer with flavour!
Real craft beer and cider, brewed in Nelson.
Over at the Sprig & Fern Brewery, situated in Richmond, Nelson, we'd been busy brewing great craft beer and ciders for some years, and we needed a way to
make our products available to an enthusiastic beer-loving audience. You can probably see where we're going with all this...
Independently owned Taverns serving real craft beer
This simple concept has proved very popular and there are now six independently owned Sprig & Fern Taverns in the Nelson region, and another two in
Wellington. All of our taverns very deliberately have no TVs, pokie machines or pool tables. What they do have is a welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere, and plenty of places to relax, unwind
and talk with your mates over a beer, wine or cup of coffee.