News, new releases, events and beer jobs 7 February

By BeertownNZ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 National

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Tiamana/Wild&Woolly Brewery for sale

Looking for an established commercial brewery in the Craft Beer Capital?

Tiamana Brewery is expanding into contract brewing, while Wild&Woolly's Llew Bardecki is off travelling. The brewery, on a flat industrial site in Mount Cook (Wellington), has a capacity of 800L in a double brew. The package includes an established brewery that meets Council and Excise requirements, an on-going lease, and all brewing equipment from the grain mill to a bottling machine and kegs. Options to purchase or lease. Go here for more details and contact information.


New releases

Emerson’s Workshop Darkest Descent Imperial Stout (9.6%) - The Emerson’s Workshop is a 1200-litre brewhouse where we create short run, limited edition, specials. Darkest Descent is our first limited release beer from the Workshop Brewery in a 500ml bottle. This Imperial Stout has spent eight months locked away in the shadiest corner of the brewery, purely for your drinking pleasure. Dark chocolate, coffee and liquorice flavours were slowly enticed from the Pinot Noir barrels it was kept in, while the wild yeast gives it a funky edge. 

Yeastie Boys Big Mouth Session IPA (4.4%) - A light and easy drinker bursting with juicy sun-kissed South Pacific hops. Like an Antipodean summer in a pint glass. Grain: Pale, Wheat, Oat and Acidulated malts Style: Session IPA/Pacific Pale Ale. Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica, Motueka Bitterness, 25 IBU. Colour: Straw Gold. Imported by Beertique.

Birkenhead Brewing/Ninkasi collaboration Beautiful Trouble IPA (7%) - With the combination of NZ and US hops, and creative inspiration from two hemispheres, this beer will delight with its hop forward nature, balance and poise. Beautiful Trouble IPA is a big American IPA which has a citrusy hop aroma with a big hop flavour balanced on a rich UK Ale,  Munich and Vienna malts. Available now from Beertique.

Tempest Brewing Brave New World IPA (7%) – Deep resinous IPA, massive dry hopping brings a citrus pine party in the glass. Rated 98% on Ratebeer. Imported by Beertique.

Tempest Brewing Red Eye Flight Mocha Porter (7.4%) – A powerful awakening.  Steam Punk roasted Fazenda Pantano Brazilian coffee beans are infused into this rich chocolate Porter. Dark as night complex  with a fresh ground aroma and intense depth of flavour. Imported by Beertique.

Tempest Brewing Marmalade on Rye IIPA (9%) – A total team favourite, we all love our big jammy DIPA. Marmalade on Rye is the perfect example of a breakfast beer...seriously. Warm bready rye meets bittersweet, sticky orange and spicy ginger for a smooth, totally delectable double IPA. We pack it full of seasonal marmalade oranges adn then "dry hop" it with even more zest, probably counts as one of your five-a-day at the rate we add oranges to it. Imported by Beertique.

Tempest Brewing Drop Kick Me Jesus Sour Pale Ale (5.2%) – A tart, peachy sour pale ale dry hopped to hell and back with Amarillo. A great beer for sitting back in the sun, it's refreshing, with a tart finish and mandarin, citrus notes. Imported by Beertique.

Tempest Brewing Mango Berlinner (4%) – Sunshine in a glass, no matter the weather. Mango Berlinner is our first new beer of 2016, a dry hopped Berlinner style beer packed to the brim with fresh mango. Big mango and tropical fruit flavour with gentle acidity and zesty mouthfeel. Imported by Beertique.

Sunshine Brewery Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (5.5%) - Our Te Mex infused with Mezcal (Tequila) steeped Chipotle and Smoked Ancho Chilli, with a touch of Mexican Oregano, kindly supplied by our good friends at Surfin Taco. A refreshingly spicy summer lager. Available from Thursday at the Sunshine Brewery taproom.


Events this week

Champagne d'Geddon Auckland Launch - 4pm Thursday, 16 Tun, 20 Jellicoe St, Auckland. Champagne d'Geddon is an Experimental Beer - Epic Armageddon IPA made with fermented Sauvignon Blanc grape juice from Marlborough

Zeelandt Tap Takeover - Friday, Craft Hamilton, 15 Hood St,  Hamilton. Kicking off 2017 brewery of the month we have Zeelandt Brewery from the Hawkes Bay. They have just had an awesome rebrand on their solid beers they make. Come along to the first tap takeover of the year and have a yarn with the crew from Zeelandt. We will be pouring 6 of their beers on the night. Brewery Of The Month Beer available at the following locations; Fox Kennedy Barbers Co, Gothenburg Restaurant, The Hamilton Beer & Wine Co.

Oskar Blues Tap Takeover - Friday 10 - 16 February, Husk, 62 Ghuzness St Wellington. Oskar Blues launched in Colorado, USA in the late 1990s, and gave birth to the craft beer in a can revolution in the States. They have become well known for their flagship 6.5% Dale's Pale Ale, and have also grown to produce a variety of distinct and delicous beers like their Ten Fidy Imperial Stout. Shipped fresh, cold and direct from the brewery from the legends at Beer Without Borders.

The Session Beer Challenge - Saturday, Brothers Beer, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland. It's back! The best little beer event in Auckland. 18 brand new, innovative lighter alcohol beers from some of New Zealand's top breweries. For our 4th consecutive year we'll have a few top beer judges tasting all day to determine a winner and you get to vote on a people's choice! They're light, they're refreshing and they're exclusive to Brothers on the 11th February.

Twisted Hop Cider Festival - Saturday, Twisted Hop Pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch. It's back and it's bigger and better than ever! We'll be honest, the level of support for 2016's festival blew us away and we were unprepared for how many people turned up! BUT we've sat down over a few pints of scrumpy and planned something pretty special - the all new and improved Twisted Hop Cider Festival!

Events next week

Cider Tasting with Scoundrels and Rogues - 6pm Thursday 16 February, Beer Library, 363 Colombo St, Christchurch. Calling all cider-loving scoundrels and rogues! You won't want to miss our first ever cider event on Thursday 16 February at 6pm. We are particularly excited to have the evil genius behind Scoundrels and Rogues Craft Cider with us on the night to guide you through the tasting. Get your tickets now at the link above ...with only 30 tickets available, it would be an offense not to.

Greater Wellington Brewday - Saturday 18 February, Trentham Racecourse, Upper Hutt. Brewday is back for 2017 with a new, larger venue close to Wellington city and easily accessed by train. Indulge in the best flavoured brews found in our crafty region and relax to great sounds from our live bands with entertainment, competitions and more! Enjoy some seriously delicious food, beer, cocktails, mocktails, sodas, and ciders. Earlybird tickets: $45, General admission: $55 Get your tickets today from

South Island Beer Festival #10 - Saturday 18 February, Ilam Homestead, 87 Ilam Rd, Christchurch. And we're back for the 10th edition of the South Island Beer Festival! Mark Saturday the 18th of February on your calendar because we'll be serving over 30 of the South Island's finest beers from 12 midday until 6pm, and you don't want to miss out. The entry fee is $40 which, as well as admission, gets you the festival glass and a ticket for five beers. Each pour is a half pint or 284mL. You can also buy further beer tickets for $25 for 5. The event is door sales only. 

Later events

Chow & Tipple - Cambridge Food, Beer & Wine Festival - Saturday 4 March, Cambridge Memorial Park, Victoria Street, Cambridge, Waikato. 

Wellington Wine & Food Festival + Craft Beer - 10-11 March, Waitangi Park, Wellington. The Wellington Wine & Food Festival will return again on the 10th & 11th March 2017, back on the Wellington Waterfront

Kegkoura craft beer festival 2017 - Saturday 11 March, 140 Highway 1, Kaikoura. Come to Kaikoura and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at this fantastic venue with amazing views of the beautiful Kaikoura coastline. With an awesome selection of craft beers from around New Zealand, great food options and chilled music we hope this will be an event you will come back to year after year. Kaikoura is open for business, and we would love to see you here. There are plenty of accommodation options and other attractions open so why not make a weekend of it. Visit for more details.

Sourfest 2017 - 17-20 March, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Place Wellington. 

New Zealand Homebrewers Conference - 24-26 March, Founders Park, Nelson

MarchFest Nelson - Saturday 25 March, Founders Park, Nelson

Mountain Ales 2017 - Saturday 1 April, New Plymouth Sports Fishing Club, Ocean View Parade New Plymouth. The third installment of Mountain Ales brings you 10 breweries (almost all new to the festival) and more than 20 beers plus the usual great catering. Get in quick - this event sells out.

Fresh Hop NZ 2017 - Saturday 22 April, various venues, Auckland

GABS Auckland - 16-17 June, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

A Mid-Winter's Ale Festival - Saturday 1 July, Rolleston Community Centre, Christchurch. Showcasing some exciting craft beers and delicious ciders from breweries around Canterbury and the North Island as well as a handpicked selections of beers from overseas. We also have an exciting line up of live entertainment throughout the afternoon plus some awesome food options to match with the amazing line up of beers and ciders. Ticket sales will be available from the 1st of March....

Beervana 2017 - 11-12 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington


Beer jobs

Draught Specialist (Fixed Term), Coca-Cola Amatil, Auckland

Placing taps in bars far and wide across NZ, you'll take our brands to our On-Premise customers and partner with them to get our beers and ciders in to the glasses of all of those thirsty New Zealanders. In a fixed term position kicking off in early 2017, we want someone who can hit the ground running and take our beer brands to the next level. Hospo experience is a must, and blended with sales experience you'll have the recipe for success. Applications close 12 February

Duty Manager, Sprig & Fern Hardy St, Nelson

Experience essential. Full time available. Pay negotiable on experience. If interested, please e-mail C.V. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Head brewer, Eagle Brewing, Christchurch

Eagle Brewing NZ is a growing micro brewery based in Christchurch Canterbury. We produce a wide range of beer styles and have recently started to delve into sour, aged and barrel aged beers. We are currently investigating opportunities for brewery expansion over the next few years to allow increased production to meet demand. We self distribute nationally in NZ; do most of our own sales work and have recently invested in a small packaging line onsite.

We are now looking for a head brewer with a minimum of 12 months experience in brewing commercially to join our small team and help us grow to the next level and beyond. The position is full time with overall responsibility for meeting current and future demands as our sales continue to grow.

Maintaining inventory of raw materials and finished product, continuous improvement of current range and development of new diverse beers is also part of the role.  We envisage a long term position so NZ residency or citizenship is preferred with possible benefits being offered for long term commitment to being part of our future for the right person. 

The brewery is very manual with little automation so the applicant must be physically fit and have no existing medical condition which will impede his or her ability to carry out their duties. Basic knowledge of brewery glycol systems, mechanical and electrical maintenance plus a current alcohol managers license is an advantage. A valid driving license for manual vehicles and an F classification is desired.

The position is vacant now with a starting date as soon as practically possible. Remuneration is negotiable. All applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eagle Brewing NZ, PO BOX 8359, Riccarton Christchurch 8440. Closing date Friday 17 February.  

Cellar door manager, Brave Brewing, Hastings

We’re on the hunt for a seasoned hospo professional to manage our newly opened tasting room/cellar door on a full time basis, so that I can get back in the brewery and focus on what I’m good at.

We are a small, family owned brewery, passionate about producing quality, fresh and flavourful beer. We value the rapport we have with our customers and hope to cultivate an inclusive, welcoming and relaxing space. As such, we’re looking for somebody who shares these values, is great with people of all walks and likes some good banter.

The position will be Thursday through Sunday, and will involve long days at times. A duty managers license and experience in a busy, dynamic setting is essential. Knowledge of and a passion for good beer is a bonus. We offer: An enjoyable work environment, a fair wage, and some sweet staff perks!

Send me (Matt) an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Production Brewer, Brew Union, Palmerston North

Brew Union is an expansive new Brewery, Bar and Eatery opening in central Palmerston North in February 2017. We are seeking a Production Brewer. This is a full-time position starting with 1-3 days per week in the brewery and the balance of your time will be spent working in the bar and eatery where you will have the chance to mingle, so confidence in service is an advantage and flexible availability is essential. In a dream world you would have 3+ years experience in a commercial brewing environment along with a tertiary qualification relevant to the field.

Part-time Brewery Assistant, Stainless Brewing, Christchurch

This is an entry level position that will initially be approx 20 hours per week. Brewery experience would be helpful but is not essential. This position has a the possibility to grow into a full-time position for the right person over time. Applications close 17 February.


By BeertownNZ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 National