The Tuatara Blog
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.
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.
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!
No one really wants to crow on about their birthday, do they? "Happy birthday to us." Not really in the reticent Kiwi mold, is it?
But, on the other hand, with age comes privilege. Like our little namesake, who was there at the beginning of time, we were right there in the early resurgence of craft beer in New Zealand.
Sun worshippers celebrate - the summer Solstice is upon us. The longest day of the year calls for one's ritualistic prepartion of worship to the Sun god; unearthing the ceremonial jandals from the darkest recesses of the hall cupboard; dusting off those summer tributes: togs, beach hat, snorkel….
Last winter we put it out there that once you go BLACK you never go back. Well, this winter - BLACK by popular demand - our three-headed monster, the BLACK Stout trio is back.
Returning to shelves and pouring forth from taps for the colder months, is our BLACK Toasted Malt stout and BLACK Espresso stout collaboration with Mojo Coffee, along with a new chocolate stout.
The words "Vanuatu" and "Porter" aren't known to frequently cross paths, but we managed to fluently marry them up when we brewed our new Vanuatu Coffee Porter with the help of Mojo Coffee.
The 500-litre batch of porter was brewed with the last of the coffee beans that came from the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, before Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc on the its coffee growers and inhabitants last March.
The Conehead has landed.
The long wait is finally over with our 2015 Harvest Conehead Air-Hopped IPA hitting retail outlets and craft beer bars as of this weekend (18 April).
Neither Tuatara or Fork & Brewer are ones to shy away from a good knees-up. Which is why we were both only to happy to knock heads and create the official beer for the CubaDupa Festival, taking place on 28-29 March.
The special release CubaDupa Brew is a mid-strength pale lager and collaborative effort crafted by Kelly Ryan (Fork & Brewer) and Carl Vasta (Tuatara Brewery). The brew will also serve as a festival fundraiser with proceeds from keg purchases going directly to CubaDupa organisers to help fund the festival.
Interest in The Third Eye hasn't solely been limited to anticipation of a new pilot brewery frequenting the neighbourhood.
The original Boys Institute Building at 30 Arthur St. into which we've shifted TTE and all its mechanisms, has previously sat vacant for 15 years. Recent activity and talk of new tenants piqued the curiosity of passers by and online lurkers (some of whom have worked/lived within its walls or had parents who did!).