The Tuatara Blog


The Tuatara team is deeply saddened at the loss of Matt Lang who passed away suddenly over the weekend.

Matt was a great ambassador for Tuatara and was a great addition to our family. Matt made a significant contribution to the growth of Tuatara and has left a lasting impression on the Tuatara business.

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We are very excited to announce that we are now official importers and distributors of Rogue Ales from Newport, Oregon, USA.

Much like Wellington's craft scene, Oregon is considered by many to be the Craft Capital [State] of the US. This is not necessarily due to their large volume of craft brewing output, but moreso because of local appreciation and dedication to the product by everyone from brewers, to retailers, to drinkers.

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Christmas is being well celebrated in Auckland from December 6th this year at Silo Park on the waterfront. Among the festivities, activities, and services will be:
Beautiful light decorations, Xmas tree sales,  live music, delicious food, Tuatara beer and Zeffer Cider on tap!, gift vendors and wrapping stations, extended markets, great outdoor films in the park, and most importantly - fantastic weather!

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While we're definitely of the opinion that "it's what's inside the bottle that really counts", we've always paid a great deal of attention to how we put ourselves on display as a brand. We closely watch the triumphs and fails of our competitiors in the market, and we know that brand direction, design, and marketing is of vital importance to how people choose to approach your products - both as drinkers and media critics.

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This year at the Hong Kong International Beer Awards our Pilsner was judges best in class, being named Top Pilsner by a panel of 10 judges and beating out dozens of other impressive international contenders. Check out the awards lineup to see what sort of company we're keeping over there!

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After the successful launch of our Belgian Tripel at LBQ early this year, it only made sense to have a crack at a similarly originated Belgian style ale, the Dubbel. The first batch of "Tuatara Dubbel" is now ready, and we'll be releasing it on tap in Wellington and Auckland over 21st - 22nd August.

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Last night was the annual Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards - the official New Zealand beer awards ceremony that highlights the best of local and international beer.

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Many of you will have already tried our latest release, the Black Light Stout. Black Light has been happily flowing from the taps of many Wellington watering holes over the past month, and it's also made a tap debut at some of the country's best out-of-Wellington beer venues, such as Galbraith's in Auckland and Pomeroy's in Christchurch.

What a lot of you won't realise is that the 500ml bottles we've just released, or more specifically the labels, are actually quite special. Much like our 3D themed Double Trouble IIPA, the Black Light Stout beer label offers our drinkers a healthy dose of eye-melting goodness.

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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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