KNOCK US UP A BEER WOULD YOU CARL?
Tuatara began as a backyard operation in the hills above Waikanae. It was founded by Carl Vasta, an engineer with the tastebuds of a wine critic. There’s a degree of loose talk in New Zealand about “kiwi ingenuity”, most of it from people who’d struggle to change a tyre, but Carl is the living, breathing epitome of that noble philosophy. If he needed a shed or a bottler or a tank, he’d just go ahead and build one. Before too long, he’d managed to brew a superb range of ales, porters and pilsners for his friends under the name Tuatara.
IT’S PRONOUNCED TOO-AH-TAR-RAH
The tuatara is unique to New Zealand. Aotearoa is still a bit wet behind the ears nation-state wise, but not the tuatara. It’s a bona fide living fossil, a creature that changes its underpants once every 200 years and only ever watches TV One. Known formally as Sphenodon punctatus, this reptile is so old it’s officially not even a lizard. It’s the last of its order, with ancestors that used to smoke behind the bike sheds with stegosaurus 200 million years ago. In gratitude for the loan of the name, we sponsor varying research initiatives.
A BREWING PHILOSOPHY SIMPLE ENOUGH TO WORK.
Several years on, with significant growth in the NZ craft industry and two NZ Champion Brewery wins, the Brewery promise to create memorable and uniquely Aotearoa beer experiences. With the increased use of NZ grown ingredients, the taste and aroma profiles have led to core styles evolving from traditional to distinctively Kiwi beers. Our limited and seasonal releases supplement these ‘tried and true’ with old and new world experimentation. In 2013 the Brewery moved from its humble beginnings to Paraparaumu township with the promise of a purpose built brewery! (No re-purposed dairy tanks in sight!) Further evolution of the site came post 2017 with the transition to DB ownership. Seeking to grow and extend the reach of these flavoursome favourites, they are now found in many a watering hole and store shelf in this craft appreciating country.