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Golden Bear Brewing Company

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12 Aranui Road, Mapua, New Zealand
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Location, Good Beer

Lovely place to sit outside and have a beer on a sunny day. At the end of pier like area with other shops and restaurants steps away. It is a very small area but we love to check out breweries wherever we travel and this one did not disappoint!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Poulsbo, Washington
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Nelson, New Zealand
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Staff EXCEPT the owner were superb. He organises excellence live music - but he is quite rude to clientele.

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Poulsbo, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Lovely place to sit outside and have a beer on a sunny day. At the end of pier like area with other shops and restaurants steps away. It is a very small area but we love to check out breweries wherever we travel and this one did not disappoint!

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North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The Golden Bear is located in Mapua, a very small town about 30 minutes drive from Nelson. The pub is situated right on the wharf along with several other small restaurants. We spent several hours here one late afternoon/early evening as a get-together prior to a wedding later in the week. The pub has both indoor and outdoor seating and... More 

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Mike S, Public Relations Manager at Golden Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Yes, food is always available and we try to arrange up to two live gigs a week as long as the good weather is around. This can be local or touring acts, and normally will be on either Friday 6pm to 9pm or Sunday 3pm to 6pm. We use Facebook to tell people when we have... More 

Kent, England
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Delightful place to have a drink or two. There was live music and a relaxed atmosphere. Mapua is a charming little town.

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Mike S, Public Relations Manager at Golden Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, Granton - come back any time! More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the bar at Golden Bear brewery - a great selection of beers on tap, including the beautifully summery Peach Fizz, a light ale made with peaches. They do takeaway riggers too! We were really happy with the tacos, they were tasty, generously sized & served quickly. The ample outdoor seating was great on a sunny... More 

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Mike S, Public Relations Manager at Golden Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Sarah! Always nice to hear people enjoying their visits to the Bear. More 

Tokyo, Japan
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Very good micro-brewery in the lovely location of Mapua Wharf. Quite a lot of their beers are availble on-tap and to purchase. Good atmosphere. No food. Limited opening hours.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a great little place to while away a couple of hours on a beautiful day. My beer drinking companion gave thumbs up to the Dark Dude, Hot Lips and Hooligans. I generally find cider too sweet, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Golden Bear's blackcurrant cider, although they ran out mid-glass and I never did get the promised top... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Friday nights locals congregate to drink the beer brewed on site. Everyone has their favorite and is happy to share their views with newcomers. A very friendly atmosphere. Staff are great and knowledgeable. Tasty Mexican themed food on the menu. Wine and cider are also available. Right at the heart of the Mapua Wharf with plenty of outdoor seating.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Loved the fact that is locally brewed on the premises, owner and brewer served us and able to discuss the beer, talk about his processes and just loved being there. I'm not a beer drinker but had to taste a few and loved them. My husband on he other hand is a great beer lover and enjoyed the IPA Amercian... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Located right by the Mapua Wharf the Golden Bear Brewery is a great location to have a beer in the summer sun. The only down side is that it isn't open during the winter. The selection of beer is awesome, well worth the trip off the main road down into Mapua.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Aranui Road, Mapua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Mapua

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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