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Kairoa Brewing Company serves up new happy hour

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Lamb tacos, served with a side of black beans, can be paired with a pint for $10 at Kairoa Brewing Co. in University Heights.

New Zealand-inspired brewpub in University Heights announces discounts on food, wine and beer.

Mondays aren’t so bad anymore, thanks to Kairoa Brewing Company.

The brewpub, which opened up on Park Boulevard in January, officially launched its happy hour menu featuring food and drink deals. Customers can snag the slashed prices and try a taste of New Zealand from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday.

And the sweet (and savory) specials extend to 9 p.m. on Mondays, along with a 25% discount on 32 oz. to-go crowlers of any Kairoa house beer — giving patrons less of a reason to hate the first day of the week.

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Kairoa Brewing Company's rooftop deck looks out onto Park Boulevard.

Originally priced at $13-$15, four of the current Kairoa food options will reduced to $5 during happy hour: lamb tacos, sausage and impossible rolls, and shrimp “butties.”

“Butties” — a cheeky nickname for a sandwich — are beer-battered shrimp sliders with spicy piri piri aioli, mint chimichurri and shredded lettuce on a pretzel roll. Pork sausage rolls include a secret spice blend and beer mustard on a flaky puff pastry; impossible rolls are substituted with fake meat for a vegetarian alternative. The spiced lamb street tacos are filled with smoked lamb shoulder, fresno chiles, queso fresco, spiced yogurt, onion, mint chimicurri and cilantro, served with a side of black beans.

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Pork Sausage Rolls include secret spice blend, flaky puff pastry and beer mustard. A vegetarian option, Impossible Rolls, is also available with a fake meat substitute.

As for drinks, all Kairoa house beers are $1.50-$2 off at $5 a pint; each glass of wine costs $6, compared to its regular $8-$14 price tag.

Ten beer taps rotate, but some popular options are the Back Paddock pilsner, Hamilton Fog Hazy IPA, Pink Flag Hazy IPA and Cheeky Buggah Blonde Ale. Though the wine list is relatively unchanged, options hailing from New Zealand will be introduced in the near future.

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U-5 Munich Dunkel is one of Kairoa's house beers.

Kaiora’s full food menu, along with current beer and wine offerings, are available online. University Heights’ latest brewpub is open 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; kitchen hours vary.

Kairoa Brewing Company, 4602 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.295.1355,


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