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The Cassels Brewery is a pub ~ Rick

Rick Stevens - Bar ManagerThe Brewery is a Pub, but not in the modern NZ sense. The big breweries have changed what was once a great place to take your family and friends and replaced a great institution with their idea of what the customer wants.
At Cassels & Sons, we want to take our guests back to better times.

Cassels & Sons ~ Our Story

I can remember my dad and uncle first getting keen on whole grain brewing in the early eighties. My dad used to mash and boil on the wood fired range at home in Sumner. Cleaning out the gear was always an onerous task but on sunny weekend afternoons we got to taste the goods and compare our beer with uncle Wintons.

Woodsmoke, Music & Brew

It was the pleasant smell of woodsmoke that hit me first. Then the steady hubbub of contented conversation. Dishes and silverware clanking, clinking. And The Brewery‘s co-owner Zak, welcoming guests with a friendly, ‘G’day.’

Tight-knit family behind Tannery project

FAMILY PROJECT: Zak Cassels, left, Alasdair Cassels and Joe Shanks in the Victorian-style arcade Tannery.

Georgina Stylianou checks in with the Cassels family to see how the development of their new retail site is progressing. It took vision and a strong family to turn an historic tannery site into a Victorian Arcade.

What once was an industrial eyesore discharging chemicals into the Heathcote River will soon be a haven for shopping, dining and entertainment. And the multi-million dollar idea, the brainchild of Christchurch businessman Alasdair Cassels, will breathe even more life into Woolston.

CBD Bar brings new life to Chch (Press)

CBD BarChristchurch is finally moving away from container bars, but the latest offering may not be permanent. The CBD Bar, housed in a historic Madras St building, will open tonight. 

Woolston Eyes the Trendy Shoppers

How long before some wise guy decides that Woolston should be renamed faux-Pawa?

Long synonymous with industry at its dirtiest, the Christchurch suburb of Woolston is in the tricky business of reinventing itself as a middle-class destination.

CBD Bar a new Cassels & Sons Venture

Join CBD Bar on Facebook. A year after opening a suburban pub and restaurant to sell their beer after the earthquakes, the Cassels family is putting the finishing touches to three new central-city bars.Joe, Alasdair and Zak outside the new CBD BarFresh from their success at The Brewery on an old Woolston tannery site, the family is spending $1 million fitting out a historic Madras St building and will open its first outlet there next month.

Brewing Up a Storm - Kate Preece (Avenues)

Woolston brewery Cassels & Sons has turned an old tannery into a boutique pub.
"If you want to drink a bottle of beer, you've got to remember that a lot of energy's gone into making the beer and it's always fossil fuel, apart from our beer," says Zak Cassels, of Cassels & Sons brewing company. Unlike other breweries, Cassels & Sons makes its range of cask-conditioned ales, craft beers and lagers using a wood-fired kettle.

Victorian shopping arcade for Woolston (The Press, 14/3 by Francesca Lee)

ARCADE PLANS: Developers hope to open The Tannery shopping arcade in Woolston this spring.
Old Victorian tanneries will become part of a new shopping precinct in Christchurch.
The $7 million Woolston shopping arcade, called The Tannery, aims to offer high fashion and art retail and will be developed by businessman Alisdair Cassels.

The Tannery - Retail & Arts Emporium


Following on from the success of Cassels and Sons The Brewery at The Tannery, the Second stage of the 2 Hectare former Tannery Site is Scheduled for Completion in Mid 2012.

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