The Tuatara Blog


You know it's not in our nature to drip feed.

A steady pour is always welcome when it comes to stymieing thirst. However, we've had to revert to a bit of drip-feeding when it came to fresh news about our new Wellington tasting room.

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In memory of our friend and team mate who passed away a year ago, we've released the Matt Lang Remembrance Brew on 20th December in selected outlets in the Auckland region.

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Whilst we may have a reputation as purveyor of some of the hoppiest, and therefore, strongest craft beers around, Tuatara supports responsible drinking by ensuring passionate craft drinkers have a couple of other options to keep their wits, dignity and driver's licenses intact.

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Praise be – Tuatara has released its first sour ale.

Act of God is named for the somewhat serendipitous turn a Belgian ale took during the brewing process.

When Carl and CJ first sampled this particular Belgian ale, they realised that a higher power was at play and had something else in store for it.

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Sorry, folks! This event is now sold out.

Please Note:
- The tasting room will only be open for off-license sales to the public from 10am-1pm (no on-license sales) before the concert on Saturday, 22 November.
- Unfortunately there will not be any door sales for this concert (sorry!).
- This is an R18 event so anyone under 18 is not allowed on the premises during the concert.
- Due to the weather forecast, the concert will be held indoors
- Gates will be open to ticket holders from 3pm
- If you have any further questions, please email Nat at: nat@tuatarabrewing.co.nz


From reels to reggae; Te Reo to Gaelic; roots to flutes; fiddles to dub, and some old favourites thrown in too – cast off your winter coat, grab a beer and join us in greeting summer with open arms.

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We’re collectively steadying ourselves after a somewhat hectic/convivial week of formalities and festivities what with Beervana, the Brewers Guild of NZ Awards, Wellington on a Plate and the Malthouse 21st celebrations seemingly taking place simultaneously.

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It's not often you see two Wellington brewers consciously couple to create stout.

Granted, the conscious coupling involved two brewers of a different ilk – but those who prefer both their beer and coffee dark were chuffed to see Tuatara partner up with Mojo Coffee to deliver our BLACK Mojo Espresso stout.

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Our recent collab to bring Delicious Neck, our Immortal Pale Ale, to the vamps and mortals of Vellington with "What We Do In the Shadows" director, Taika Waititi wasn't the only Kiwi talent we tapped.

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NUI - Mighty Big Hop APA The first batch of NUI (te reo Maori for "big") lived up to its name, it was big, so big and filled with the kicking hop hit of Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe that after a hospitality tasting session back in May, we were encouraged to release it on tap… that was when it sat at a mere 6.2% alc/vol. Carl, ever the perfectionist, just went right on tweaking the brew until we could rightfully call it a huge APA, so huge it will satisfy even the most hardened of hopheads. NUI has been beefed up to 7% alc/vol and delivers a sensory punch with a bitterness rating of 80 IBUs.

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We're always on the lookout for fresh blood. So when we heard of the latest spike in Vellington's local vampire population, we thought best not to question it and get on the right side.

So we joined (dark?) forces with the vamps of What We Do In the Shadows to bring you Delicious Neck – our limited edition Immortal Pale Ale; a brew so seductively unholy it would make Dracula himself celebrate the sunrise.

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