On Premise - Six Barrel Squad
You can find our drinks in hundreds of the best bars and cafes across New Zealand and Australia. This gang is ever-growing and too long to list, so rather each month we celebrate one of our top-notch 'Six Barrel Squad' members right here.
These are a few of the best places to go across the country to try Six Barrel Soda Co. drinks in action - so make sure you pay them a visit (and give them a high-five from us while you're there).
Got an idea for our next Six Barrel Squad star, or maybe you're doing something cool with your own Six Barrel drinks? Get in touch and let's talk soda.
Chow - 45 Tory Street, Wellington
Next month (August) marks Visa Wellington On a Plate, and of course one of our favourite parts of the festival has to be Cocktail Wellington - a month long celebration (and competition!) of Wellington's top cocktail offerings. So for this month's #sixbarrelsquad, we're getting excited about top cocktail spot Chow Wellington.
Chow's 2019 Cocktail Wellington entry definitely caught our eye - the 'Crazy Rich Asian': Inspired by the classic Singapore Sling. Six Barrel Cherry and Pomegranate soda syrup-infused botanical Vodka, Libertine Kapow Tea liqueur, fresh lime and pineapple juice, accompanied by a popcorn, noodle, chilli and Fix & Fogg brittle. (And if you're not drinking, there's always the 'Slightly Less Crazy Rich Asian').
Chow's cocktail head honcho Peter tells us: "We love using Six Barrel because they taste great. You can taste the raw ingredients. The fact that they are consistent, local, seasonal and versatile is a great bonus. Our customers also know and trust the brand which allows us to produce imaginative flavour pairings.".
During regular programming, Chow's menu features a monthly cocktail special - often made using on of our syrups, usually a Limited Edition option (like Feijoa). As Peter says, "The seasonal flavours and limited releases are always unique and exciting which is really fun for us as we are constantly creating new drinks, like our "winter spice" to sit alongside some established favourites like the Dr Hu.".
Make sure you head down to Chow during August to try the Crazy Rich Asian (and check out their many other Welly On a Plate offerings here). Enjoy!
Six Barrel Squad - Christchurch Edition
In June, we headed down South to say cheery 'hello' to some of our Christchurch friends and soda lovers.
We ran a Soda Pop-Up at the new Coffee Supreme Welles St, serving up fancy sodas, ice-cream floats, hot Spiced Blackcurrants and pikelets with jam & cream (so yum!).
We also snuck in a few visits to some of our favourite spots - including The Fermentist, SUPER Restaurant, Hawker & Roll, Ballantynes, Banter Cafe, and Sun Dog Diner. And of course had some fantastic food and drink along the way! Rude not to, right.
Pictured here are some of the amazing drinks we enjoyed along the way: (1) Hibiscus and Activated Charcoal at SUPER Restaurant, (2) Pineapple & Lemongrass soda at Hawker & Roll, (3) Orange Dandelion at Sun Dog Diner, (4) Raspberry Breeze at The Fermentist, (5) our bottled sodas at Banter Cafe, and (5) Strawberry Ginger Ale at our Coffee Supreme Pop-Up. Not a bad line-up!
We had a quick chat with Jess at Sun Dog Diner, where they use our Soda Syrups in their Jerk Sodas offerings. Jess told us it was important to them to "Find an alternative to the mass-produced sugar-filled sodas out there. We source from the best producers we can find in NZ, and hands down, Six Barrel Soda syrups are super."
We loved our South Island jaunt - keep your eyes peeled for more adventures around the country soon.
Vinci's Pizza - 29a Hastings St, Napier
How good is pizza and soda?! A match made in heaven. So this month we're feeling pretty excited about having our sodas at this wonderful spot - Vinci's Pizza in Napier.
Vinci's supplies mahoosive 18" pizzas to Napier city, either whole or by the slice, with a focus on simple styles made with the best ingredients and care.
Yeah, we're on the same page. As Vincent (the business' founder and namesake) says: "We wanted to work with Six Barrel Soda, as not only are the soda's the best around (I currently have a minor cola addiction), but their values spoke to us as a brand. The packaging is beautifully simple and the core range are true classics that don't need to be changed, just done well - the same way we feel about pizza."
Vinci's are taking their time, focussing on some sweet organic growth, and have some fun plans in the pipe-line, including introducing some new soda options. Can't wait!
The Remedy - 21a Raumati Road / 109 Rimu Road
Our mates at The Remedy on the Kapiti Coast run an espresso bar from a converted vintage ambulance AND a drive-through coffee/brekkie/lunch spot.
This small team is hugely passionate about hospitality and operate with a strong community focus. Right down the road from the beach, a delicious range of cold drinks is obviously top priority, and they tell us their Six Barrel options have been a huge hit with the locals.
Adding Six Barrel to the menu was a no-brainer, says Taylor from The Remedy, who used to visit our Eva St Soda Shop: "We love the fact that Six Barrel have created such unique and often unusual flavours. Some customers are sceptical to try the celery tonic or coffee soda, but are always pleasantly surprised and come back for more!"
We're in good company at The Remedy, who love being able to showcase local brands and bring a piece of Wellington up to the Coast. Find Coffee Supreme, Fix & Fogg, Libertine Blends Organic Tea, and uber-local Plimmerton Kombucha on the menu.
These guys are also big on promoting sustainability through hospitality - "We’re on a mission to educate our customers on small changes they can make to reduce their waste, so we’ve ditched plastic straws, switched packaging, stock Keep Cups and offer discounts when people bring their own cups/mugs."
Be sure to drop in for a Brekkie Burrito and soda next time you're heading up/down the Coast.
Black Shag Espresso and Eatery - 136 Dee Street Invercargill
Black Shag Espresso & Eatery is a newbie on the Invercargill scene, after opening in late 2018. This small but vibrant espresso bar has a focus on health conscious (and yummy!) options, covering all the bases with new salads, fruit salads and gluten-free baking options every week.
After discovering Six Barrel Soda online back in 2015, owners Dion & Sylvie visited us in Wellington as a pitstop on a road-trip to Auckland for a family Christmas, and knew straight away that if their dreams of having their own coffee shop ever came true, Six Barrel would definitely be there. As Sylvie tells us, “We loved the flavours, and the presentation and vibe of the brand. We said to each other - if we ever do open our coffee shop, we are definitely having Six Barrel Soda on the menu!”.
Sitting pretty on the shelves and served in their huge range of Six Barrel Soda drinks on the menu (including Cola Six, Ginger Ale, Raspberry & Lemon, Lime, Hibiscus, Cherry Pom, and Lemonade!) the Black Shag guys are finding that “the high quality, low sugar, boutique nature of the brand suits the Black Shag atmosphere perfectly.”
Te Awanga Estate Cellar Door - 376 Parkhill Rd, Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay
Te Awanga Estate has it's beginnings over 25 years ago, when founder Rod arrived in the Hawke's Bay with a love of making wine and everything he owned packed into his car! Now with vineyard sites around the Hawke's Bay, at least half their grapes are certified organic.
Their Cellar Door has views over 42 acres of vines out to the ocean, designed to invoke 'summers at the bach' vibes, with all day wine tasting, a grazing menu, works by local artists, and once a month summer 'Sunday Sessions'. They even have a vineyard apartment so you can stay awhile.
Now you can take a break between the wines and enjoy our sodas alongside your platters - these guys have a lot of our drinks on the menu, including Lemon & Raspberry, Cherry & Pomegranate, Father Rabbit Cucumber and Rosemary Tonic, and Lemonade, as well as our seasonal limited edition syrups.
Kitchen Manager Loma tells us they chose Six Barrel Soda Co. for the menu largely driven by a desire to support local business: “We want to promote local, homegrown goods and services! We want kiwis drinking what other kiwis have produced!”. We agree!
Of course it helps that they love our sodas too: “We wanted some bloody good tasting sodas to complement our cellar door selection of wine and food. The ‘grown up’ flavours are a great alternative to our wines without being too sweet and sickly.".
Their beautiful website is worth a visit too - Check it out here (and pay them a visit in real life too next time you're heading HB way!).
Mesita Wine Bar - 14C Ohio St, Martinborough
Mesita Winebar is tucked away in a quiet little corner of Martinborough, in the Wairarapa. Mesita (Spanish for “small table”) serves local and international drinks accompanied by a Latin American inspired menu.
This cool little spot opened around a year ago, and originally chose Six Barrel Soda Co. for their menu because they didn't click with other options available, and of course, as Alice from Mesita says: “also because it tastes amazing, comes in glass bottles and is made locally!”.
Their most popular choice? Six Barrel Soda Co. Ginger Ale, which pairs prefectly with tequila, like in their super popular Mexican Mule cocktail, along with Fresh Lime and El Espolon Tequila.
Alice tells us that she finds: “the basic sodas (Cola, Lemonade & Ginger Ale) are perfectly balanced and most importantly not too sweet to ruin a cocktail or mixed drink and all hold up deliciously on their own as non-alcoholic options.”
The Still Room - 5 Oroua St, Eastbourne
The Still Room Eastbourne is a boutique suburban gastro-bar, showcasing favourite local products and their stories.
These guys have just this month launched their Summer Cocktail Menu, with nine specially crafted drinks featuring Six Barrel Soda Co. syrups, Seedlip, Lighthouse Gin and Reid & Reid Gin. Some favourites on the list include the Hibiscus Margarita and Dandelion Old Fashioned.
Owners Rowan & Anthony tell us: “We love Six Barrel Soda syrups because they taste great and are of great quality but also because we love that they are a Wellington brand and the flavours are complex, fun & innovative.”.
We're pretty excited to try their new Summer Cocktail Menu, and the Still Room gang are loving using Six Barrel syrups in the mix: “Using Six Barrel Syrups we have been able to create a variety of cocktails that are fresh and delicious and are approachable to both our weekend visitors and our locals.”.
We can't wait to come out for cocktails in the sunshine this summer!
Check out the Still Room website for more info and menus, and keep an eye out for some of their cocktail recipes we'll be sharing over coming weeks.
Goldie - 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Goldie is Wellington's newsest and most sparkly milk bar and eatery, serving up shakes, waffles, fries, hot dogs, soft serve and bubble tea.
Belle from Goldie used to head into our soda shop after school all the time to order her favourite - Spiders - so now she's pretty excited to have Six Barrel Soda Co. on her very own menu.
Goldie's Six Barrel drinks include Spiders, Jelly Sodas and Bubble Sodas, made with some of our favourite classic soda syrups: Cola, Creaming Soda, Cherry & Pomegranate, Orange & Dandelion, Raspberry & Lemon and Hibiscus.
Why Six Barrel? Aside from the obvious Spider-nostalgia, Belle loves that Six Barrel has great unique flavours and is a trusted local brand.
Goldie will be re-vamping their soda menu in the next few seasons, so keep an eye out for some new and exciting drinks, hopefully the Goldie signature gold touch.
Check out Goldie's full menu on their website.