Cassels and Son’s The Brewery

Also known as: The Brewery, The Tannery

Location: The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston

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Current Status: Running as a bar and restaurant with Blue Smoke next door

Active as a live music venue: 2011 – 2015

Bar Manager: –

Bookings: –

Website: –

Capacity:

All-Ages: Occasionally

Now a restaurant and bar and originally constructed as a craft brewery, the Brewery functioned as a live music venue at a time when there were few operating in Christchurch – immediately after the February 2011 earthquakes.

A large, narrow venue with good food and a fair amount of outside seating, the Brewery has also been a popular spot for regular quiz nights and other events.

There wasn’t any stage to speak off, just an area near the Western entrance to the venue with a small PA and a mixing desk near by. As a result (and the fact the venue functioned mostly as a restaurant), shows were fairly sedate and low-key.

Mikey Summerfield playing a solo set at the Brewery

With Blue Smoke replacing Gustav’s next door in 2015, it appears that the Brewery no longer operates as a live music venue.

History

1874: Building constructed as part of the Woolston tannery complex.

1994: Alasdair Cassel purchases tannery site.

2009: Alasdair Cassel opens the Cassel and Sons Brewery as part of his new retail complex on the old Tannery site, brewing beer and distributing to local outlets.

2010/11: After the Canterbury Earthquakes, the Brewery re-opens as a venue.

2013: Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar re-opens as a new venue within the Tannery site.

2015: Gustav’s becomes Blue Smoke, now a bar and live music venue, The Brewery no longer seems to be a live venue.

Contact Details

  • Cassels and Son’s The Brewery
  • 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch

Links

https://casselsbrewery.co.nz/ [Main Venue Website]

https://www.facebook.com/casselsandsons.thebrewery [Facebook]

[Instagram]

Blue Smoke

Also known as: Gustav’s

Location: The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston

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Current Status: Running!

Active as a live music venue: 2015 –

Bar Manager: –

Bookings: bluesmokebookings@casselsbrewery.co.nz

Website: http://bluesmoke.co.nz

Capacity: 200

All-Ages: No

Lovely live music venue that replaced Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar within the Tannery complex in 2015. Adjoined to the Tannery complex and next to the Cassels and Son’s The Brewery, Blue Smoke is a reasonably-sized traditional bar with a nice all-wood interior, plus some outside seating.

Regularly holds live music events (taking over from The Brewery, which now appears to function mostly as a bar and restaurant) and has hosted some great events in its short history, including most notable Fred and Toody Cole of legendary US underground group Dead Moon in December 2016.

History

1874: Building constructed as part of the Woolston tannery complex.

1994: Alasdair Cassel purchases tannery site.

2009: Alasdair Cassel opens the Cassel and Sons Brewery as part of his new retail complex on the old Tannery site, brewing beer and distributing to local outlets.

2010/11: After the Canterbury Earthquakes, the Brewery re-opens as a venue.

2013: Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar re-opens as a new venue within the Tannery site.

2015: Gustav’s becomes Blue Smoke, now a bar and live music venue.

Contact Details

  • Blue Smoke
  • 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch

Links

http://bluesmoke.co.nz [Main Venue Website]

https://www.facebook.com/bluesmokemusic/ [Facebook]

https://www.instagram.com/blue_smoke_music_bar/ [Instagram]