Fast forward 15 years to 2009 and the Cassels & Sons Brewing Co. was formed and began making beer from the historic site. Cassels are one of the few breweries in the world that can boast using glacier water via artisan wells to create award winning beers – all brewed on site at The Tannery. In recent years production of the Cassels craft beer has moved to a large premise onsite, but the original wood-fired copper kettle, where it all began, can still be seen in action in the brewbar The Brewery.
The ornate, Victorian-style complex is home to boutique shops featuring owner-operated and specialist shops you won’t find anywhere else. From fashion, shoes and jewellery, books, gifts and homewares, to recreation and leisure, crafts, dining and health and beauty services, there’s not a chain store in sight. This is the place for individuals to shop – people who love quality, who like to make ethical purchases and want to support crafts and artisans. This is the place for an exceptional encounter. Behind every store there’s a personality – someone who’s passionate about bringing you the best hand-picked goods and memorable experiences. Come and visit us at The Tannery and enjoy Christchurch’s most iconic and charming retail destination.
Cassels Brewery café/restaurant is famed for its relaxed family friendly atmosphere and extensive menu choice including wood-fired pizza’s and award winning craft beers. Situated off the main routes to Lyttelton and Sumner it is the perfect stop for a gourmet wood-fired pizza, a fresh cafe salad or a hearty breakfast. Open 7 days from 8am to late.