Dux de Lux
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by dgilks:
3.13/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Dux has two locations, one in Christchurch and the other in Queenstown. The Queenstown location is buzzing with hip skiers and snowboarders in for a drink after hitting the slopes at either Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. As Queenstown's only microbrewery I have high hopes which are unfortunately dashed. The tasting paddle comes with a 100ml sample of all 6 of Dux de Lux's beers plus their seasonal Sou'wester Chocolate Ale. The beers lack finesse and character with the Waka Wheat being overly sweet, Dux Lager being very simple and the Alpine Ale being underattenuated. The Nor'wester Strong Pale Ale is the pick of the beers but at 6.5% it seems a waste of alcohol consumption given the options at Atlas. On the positive side, Dux de Lux offers free wifi access with any house beer purchase and the service and atmosphere are acceptable.
11-07-2010 02:34:52 | More by dgilks
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4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great place, cool looking old building, (not sure if it's really old, or just made to look old, either way, it looks good from the road) just a block or so from the lake, lots of outdoor seating, outdoor fireplace, cozy chairs and another fireplace inside. Also had a pool table, and a stage set up for a band.
Quality is good, solid drinkable beers. I had a very good dark beer, they called it the Sou'Wester, it tasted like a nice robust porter. And an amber beer that had enough taste to be good, but still mild enough to be very sessionable.
Service was pretty good, speedy enough, and fairly pleasant.
I liked the selection. Not big, but with a good mixture. I think they had 7 beers, ranging from lager, pale, stout, amber, ginger, Sou'Wester and another that I don't quite remember.
Food was good, had a nice big pizza.
I was pleasantly surprised by the beer prices. The two pints I had were $4 and $5 NZ each. Very good value, especially in touristy Queenstown, yet alone all of New Zealand. Good spot for quality brews at fair prices, made it here 3 times during my 4 day stay.
You gotta love sitting outside of this place on a perfect spring day staring at the beautiful scenery while sipping a nice brew...
11-13-2009 00:27:41 | More by flexabull
4.5/5 rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I heard that there was a local brewpub when I was on a stopover in Queenstown, and I had a a free evening, so I decided to see how this place was. An interesting note about this establishment is that it is segregated into two halves: an old-style pub area and a modern-style resteraunt area.
I spent a couple of hours in the pub sampling the local brews, watching a rugby game, and chatting with some newly-relocated locals. The pub is wooden throughout, with large beams interrupting the ceiling and lounge areas. It was the middle of winter when I was there, so there was a fire roaring in the hearth central to the pub and also one gettting started in an outside fireplace. It was a cold day, so the indoor fire was a welcome treat. There was a large flat-panel television with several well-padded leather chairs and a couch. There was also a billiard table in the room, but I didn't bother with it. While I was there I tried their NorWester ale, the Sou'Wester stout, and the Wakatipu Wheat. All of the beers were unique and the atmosphere of the pub was excellent. A nice note about the pub was that each style of beer was served in an appropriate piece of glassware.
In the evening, I convinced my traveling mates to try dinner at the resteraunt area. Its atmosphere was worlds apart from the pub just next-door. All of the decor was modern or deco with angular artwork and a small, inset fireplace in the main dining area. I ordered the venison stake, which was amazing in flavor and tenderness, and also had a taste of their veal 'stew', which was equally wonderful. Before eating, I tried the Ginger Tom true ginger beer (which was one of the reasons I wanted to come back, I hadn't tried it earlier and really wanted to). I had drank non-alcoholic ginger beers before, but this brew was truely exceptional; I have never had such an interestingly flavored beer before or since. With dinner I had a more mild Alpine Ale, which thankfully did not overpower the flavor of the venison.
All-in-all, an exceptional find in an interesting city.
12-16-2007 18:28:48 | More by Ig0r
Dux de Lux in Queenstown, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.