Tucked away on a quiet lifestyle block in rural Fernside sits an unassuming shed. Inside, you’ll find a guy called Sam quietly working away, producing some of the most highly rated beers in the country.

Q&A with Sam from Derelict Brewing

Why North Canterbury? Why not North Canterbury? Natalie and I purchased our 10 acre block 13 years ago. We built a house, erected a fence, planted a tree, reared some animals and are growing two little humans. We love living here in Fernside. It’s quiet, the sky is clear, the kids love their school and we can now get pizza delivered (that’s a novelty!). 

What’s your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? Far too many to list and I can’t decide but… We joined our friends camping last year for Chrissy/New Years. Absolutely loved it. We camped beside the ocean with lots of good people, food, beers and sitting on our butts chilling out. Not a lot beats that, especially after a busy year.

Name your top three North Canterbury brands (other than your own!): This is just a blatant shout out to my friends that own small businesses and are doing great things. The Wooden Shed Company. Steven and Kate are making awesome wooden sheds. Red Lion Workshop. Nigel will turn a piece of wood into anything. The Good Drop/Alt Kitchen combo. Dave is getting really good at pouring beers and Raf can make a tasty burger. It works really well. Trust me.


The Good Drop
Liquorland Bishopdale
Fresh Choice Parklands
Vino Fino
Volstead Brew Bar
12 Bar
Moon Under Water
Canterbury Brewers Collective at Riverside
Bacon Brothers
Shaka Bro’s at Riverside
BEERS Sockburn.
The Beer Library
Punky Brewsters
Brew Academy
Craft Embassy
Two Thumb Brewery – City
Two Thumb Brewery – The Yard, Central City

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Fernside, North Canterbury