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Australian Brewery Little Creatures Is Opening a Beer Hall in Hobsonville

In a former seaplane hangar.
By Stephen Heard
August 21, 2017
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Australian Brewery Little Creatures Is Opening a Beer Hall in Hobsonville

In a former seaplane hangar.
By Stephen Heard
August 21, 2017
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Popular Australian craft brewery Little Creatures is scheduled to launch its first site in New Zealand.

The opening will be part of the multi-million dollar Catalina Bay development planned for the former RNZ Air Force airfield at Hobsonville Point. The Fremantle beer-makers are known for transforming old dusty spaces into majestical beer halls, so it's only natural they selected a vintage seaplane hangar for their second venture outside Australia.

Founded in 2000, Little Creatures has grown to become one of Australasia's best-loved craft breweries. The company is regularly commended for bringing the fruity beer movement down under.

The Hobsonville Point micro-brewery will produce and peddle all of the Little Creatures favourites out of the 1500 square-metre Sunderland Hanger, plus a specially-brewed beer for the region and small batch, short-run brews. To provide imbibers with some sustenance, the space will also be home to a dining hall offering premium fish 'n' chips and an all-day café.

Hobsonville Point

Property developers Willis Bond & Co are the brains behind the mixed-use Catalina Bay development. Cheshire Architects (Britomart, Ponsonby Central) have been enlisted to put their finesse on the waterfront location — something that it is already being touted as "the new weekend destination for Aucklanders".

The development will also welcome back the popular farmer's market and include two other dining venues: a restaurant and a café which will sit directly over the water. Apartments will be added in the second stage of the development.

Catalina Bay and Little Creatures is expected to open late 2018.

Published on August 21, 2017 by Stephen Heard

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