Bri­tish beer mode

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With a range of English-style cask-con­di­tioned beers that com­ple­ment a menu of qual­ity pub grub, The Twisted Hop Pub of­fers a re­fresh­ingly dif­fer­ent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Own­ers Stephen and Clare Hard­man say cask-con­di­tioned beer is a par­tic­u­lar style of beer that’s un­usual in New Zealand.

De­liv­ered fresh from the Twisted Hop Brew­ery in Wi­gram, the beers are brewed in the same way that beers in Bri­tain have been made for cen­turies, where fi­nal fer­men­ta­tion takes place in a bar­rel.

‘‘With­out the ad­di­tion of CO , the beer is served in the tra­di­tional man­ner us­ing a beer en­gine and is fresh and still alive when it reaches your glass,’’ Stephen Hard­man says.

Brews in­clude the Gold­ing Bit­ter, Chal­lenger, Twisted An­kle, Hop­back IPA and a sea­sonal ale. As well as the cask-con­di­tioned beers, The Hop of­fers a range of guest beers, ciders, wines and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages.

Din­ers look­ing for a drop that will wash down per­fectly with their lunch or din­ner­time meal can con­sult the ‘match your drink guide’, and the friendly team are also happy to of­fer their sug­ges­tions.

With a vast va­ri­ety of drinks to choose from, there’s some­thing to match any meal, whether it’s fish and chips, rib-eye steak or a burger.

Hard­man says The Hop’s team has ex­cel­lent knowl­edge of the dif­fer­ent brews, and their enthusiasm to­wards serv­ing a style of beer that’s so un­usual to Can­ter­bury re­flects in their cus­tomer ser­vice.

‘‘Din­ers are as­sured great ad­vice for a great ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says. ‘‘Our com­ment cards are ev­i­dence of our out­stand­ing cus­tomer ser­vice.’’

With Ian Hinchliffe tak­ing over the reins as head chef, din­ers can ex­pect some ex­cit­ing changes to be made to the menus, while old favourites will re­main.

There are plenty of seat­ing op­tions with spa­cious ta­bles, comfy booths and a court­yard with a log burner for the cooler weather.

Up­stairs, a pri­vate func­tion room of­fers an ideal space for busi­ness meet­ings, cor­po­rate events and spe­cial oc­ca­sions like birth­days.

It’s a ver­sa­tile space for hire tak­ing up to 40 people, and the Hard­mans are al­ways find­ing fun ways to make al­ter­na­tive use of it.

It is host to wine and beer tast­ing evenings, and this month it will re­sound with laugh­ter as the com­edy com­pe­ti­tions take place.

‘‘The RAWTwisted Hop Com­edy Com­pe­ti­tion aims to put Christchurch back in the com­edy scene and back on the New Zealand map post-quake,’’ Hard­man says.

‘‘As­pir­ing Can­ter­bury co­me­di­ans can take part and show their tal­ents on March 9 and 23.’’

Other plans in­clude themed game nights, in re­sponse to cus­tomers’ of­ten go­ing to The Hop to en­joy a pint of beer over the board games the venue keeps in stock.

The at­mos­phere at the venue is laid-back and cosy, mak­ing it a wel­com­ing spot for so­cial­is­ing with fam­ily and friends.

There are plenty of weekly events, in­clud­ing live mu­sic on Fri­day and Satur­day nights and a quiz night ev­ery Mon­day.

The venue also has its own Twisted Hop so­cial cricket club, as well as a loy­alty club that of­fers ben­e­fits on meals and bev­er­ages, and dis­counted tick­ets to the venue’s spe­cial events.

The Twisted Hop Pub at 616 Ferry Road opens for lunch Fri­day to Sun­day, and ev­ery day from 3pm un­til late. Fol­low the Hop on Face­book and Twit­ter, visit the­wool­ston­hop.co.nz or call 943 4681.

Favourite fare: Fresh fish with a per­fectly matched beer from The Twisted Hop Pub.

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