In at the Deep end of the Creek


Deep Creek Brewing Co.’s selection of fine beers (photo from

What a lovely way to spend an autumnal weekend afternoon! The Deep Creek Brewing Co is a microbrewery and eatery in the surf-lapped heart of Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore.

The locale

The cosy and thankfully not over-trendy interior has a fire and opens onto a deck on Beachfront Lane and looking at the sea. The service is as relaxed as the atmosphere and you may have to wait – both for a seat in this popular destination and to get served once you’re there.

The beer

The quirkily-named beers are freshly brewed on site. I found the Leprechaun’s Belle (‘irish red ale’) flavoursome yet easy-drinking. {309} (NZ pale ale) was more fragrant and not to my taste. Fortunately though, you don’t have to choose. A tasting paddle of six beers is available.

The food

We didn’t eat a meal at Deep Creek, but I want to come back and do so! I love that they celebrate some kiwi food, for example a Kapiti cheese paddle. Yum.


Lovely low-key bar, worth visiting for the beer alone, but also come for the craft brewer ethos, the pleasant setting and the interesting food.


4 thoughts on “In at the Deep end of the Creek

  1. Makes me nostalgic — Spouse and I used to live in Browns Bay. We often haunted the French bakery (La Tropezienne? Memory plays tricks) for gorgeous authentic croissants and baguettes and lattés and stuff before the rest of NZ discovered latté … are they still there? If so (and if it’s the same guys running it) you might be delighted.

    • Re the french bakery… yes, it is the same guy who owns it and the food is to die for! Also love the Deep Creek Brewing Co. and the cheese platter is fabulous.

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