The Tuatara Blog


As many of you will have read in the media over the past 24 hours, we have sold a 35% stake in Tuatara Brewery to Wellington investment company Rangatira Limited. The transaction which was completed 2 days ago (Tues 18th June) will strengthen our balance sheet, provide funding to expand the capacity of our new brewery, and lift production to meet the ever growing public demand for our products.

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While we're very proud of our hard work and tasty beer, it's always humbling to be recognised officially by our peers, customers, and the media as offering some of the best beer out there today.

Australia's preeminent beer awards ceremony, the
Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) took place on the night of Thursday May 23 at Peninsula in Melbourne's Docklands.

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On the evening of April 17th, a well deserved celebration was held across three Tory Street venues in Wellington to celebrate the milestone of $1million dollars of crowdfunding raised through PledgeMe's online platform.

We at Tuatara were stoked to be given the opportunity to provide the well deserved beverages for these celebrations, and we were happy to hear that our brews were thoroughly enjoyed by guests throughout speeches, live entertainment, and of course some solid partying across Puppies, Poquitos, and Hawthorn Lounge.

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It's been a while since we last posted. It seems like just yesterday we were releasing the Tuatara Tripel at LBQ - but of course it's actually been almost two months. So apologies if you've seen Tuatara things and events happening and have come here for the gossip. On that note, let me take this opportunity to remind you that we indeed have a Facebook page which we update regularly with info and field questions from you lot.

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Tripel Tap BadgeThis blog formally announces the launch of our latest beer, 'Tuatara Belgian Tripel'.

Tripel is a Belgian style strong golden ale packed full of flavour, most notably from its Ardennes yeast and Styrian Goldings Hops, and sits at a respectable 8.5% ABV.

Tripel will be launched on tap at LBQ (Little Beer Quarter) on Wednesday 27th Feb from 6pm. After that event it will be available in 650ml bottles like our Double Trouble.

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The start of a new year is always a great time to reflect on the year just been, and what a full on year 2012 was for us at Tuatara! From a growth perspective we've continuted pushing onward and upward, for our fourth year featuring among Deloitte's fastest growing businesses in New Zealand. This year we gained the title of 'Fastest Growing Manufacturer in the Lower North Island' - which is a pretty good indication of how busy it feels we've been!

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It's been several months since we could last get our hands on the quantities of American hops needed to brew our flagship American Pale Ale. The last time it was brewed was for the Hopstock event which took place at Fork & Brewer on May 1st.

Although it was tasting great at Hopstock (Cheers Carl & Mike!), it's re-appearance was somewhat overshadowed by the limited release of our Mayday! Imperial Pale Ale and Conehead Green Hop IPA at the same event, two firsts for us. The Mayday! also used truckloads of the same hops as the US APA (Simcoe & Zythos specifically for you hop-heads) which meant much less of the US APA was brewed at that time.

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PM John Key open TuataraOn Wednesday 10 October 2012 it was a great honour to have Prime Minister John Key officially open the grand new Tuatara premises at 7 Sheffield Street in Paraparaumu. The new site houses an expanded and improved brewery which is now open for public tours, plus we can also offer off-license sales from the brewery door as well as facilities to eat and drink on-site. 

More than 100 people attended the 10:00am opening ceremony including staff, stockists, tradespeople, family, friends, the local Mayor (Jenny Rowan), the local MP (Hon Nathan Guy), members of the Diplomatic Protection Squad and a gratifying number of media. There were speeches from brewer Carl Vasta, general manager Sean Murrie, Her Worship the Mayor and the Prime Minister.

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Three trophies, 2 golds, 3 silvers, and a bronze. That was the swag we walked away with from the 2012 Brewers Guild of New Zealand awards on the 16th of August 2012 with proud ear-to-ear smiles on our faces.

Two of the trophies were won for our beer. Great, but what does it mean to win a trophy? When a beer is entered in a style class it is eligible to win a gold, silver or bronze medal. Unlike most competitive events, multiple medals of each type are given out for each category. For example, seven golds were given out in the category 'British Ale Styles'. This unusual format exists to acknowledge that a beer has been judged to be of a particular standard of quality; as opposed to first, second, or third. Out of the medal winners, only one entry is chosen by the judges to win the trophy. Winning a trophy means your beer was considered to be the best beer in that class.

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Here at Tuatara HQ we are gearing up for the biggest Beervana yet. Lots of clever people are scurrying around to get things ready, because this year... we've decided to put on a bit of a show!

Firstly, we're doing something inventive and resourceful with the construction of our bar/booth and it is looking fantastic! We won't give too much away - but we've taken a simple idea and had it done professionally.

Even more exciting than a sweet new Beervana bar though, is the fact that we'll be hosting some very special guests. It's official! Your favourite 'Amazing Travelling Photobooth' will be helping us run our show!

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