The Tuatara Blog


The Tuatara brewers aren’t very good at sitting still. Short attention spans and limitless imaginations means there’s always a creative new brew popping up here and there.

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Paraparaumu, 31 January 2017 – The award-winning Tuatara Brewing Company has today been sold to DB Breweries.

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Tuatara’s core range of beers have shed their old skins. But underneath the new skins, lie the same beast - our attentively crafted, delicious New Zealand craft beers.

You’ll see that our Bohemian Pilsner, Bavarian Hefe, Helles Lager and Aotearoa Pale Ale not only have a new look, but also new names to better reflect the styles and personalities of each beer.

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It's been exciting times for Tuatara Brewing Co., not only did their brewers scoop ultimate endorsement for their beers with Best in Class trophies for Sauvinova, Mot Eureka and Weiz Guy at the recent NZ Brewers Guild Awards, but these beers will also have 'new skins' appearing on shelf over the coming weeks.

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Yep we are pretty stoked. The Tuatara team are very proud to announce we were named Champion Brewery at The New Zealand Brewers Guild Awards on Saturday night (October 8, 2016). This award was based on cumulative medals achieved across categories.

This amazing feat also provides an opportune time to tell loyal Tuatara aficionados of upcoming name and packaging changes. Seems we didn't quite realise how well we'd do and now we've got people wondering about new names they haven't heard before. Don't worry we were planning to tell you!

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This year the RSA celebrates 100 years of supporting those who have served and sacrificed, as well as leading New Zealand in remembering those who didn’t come back.

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We know how much you Coners hang out for our signature green hop brew each year…

Well, the wait is over with our fresh hop 2016 Harvest Conehead 6% Air-Hopped IPA, making its annual air drop into retail outlets and craft beer bars this week (15 April).

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If you've got The Knack, well, it's only natural to put it to use. (Can't argue with instinct.)

That's why we wrangled The Knack of a couple of young, local Hop Hunters and their motley band of brewer, bushman and city boy to hunt out the wildest and most untamed of hops, hidden deep in the leafy grottos of the Waikanae River.

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You may remember last year, we released a Matt Lang Memorial brew in memory of our dear mate and colleague, Matt Lang, who passed away suddenly from Cardiac Inherited Disease in December 2013.

Today sees the launch of our second Matt Lang brew - a massively hoppy, Pliny-like, 7% American IPA, which is pouring on tap at the brewery Tasting Room, The Third Eye and select craft beer bars from today, with a special launch in Wellington at The Third Eye. All proceeds from pints sold will go towards support for those with Cardiac Inherited Diseases (CID) and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) like Matt.

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After 15 years of sharing a few brews with people all around NZ, it's really time to say thanks to all those craft beer and Tuatara fans, who've enjoyed our beers over the years.

We wanted to do something a bit fun and festive by way of thanks, so we're loading up our 1978 snifter-coloured Landy with our special brews for the summer, and heading your way!

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