Our Beers

Fanny Fantham’s

Fanny Fantham’s

German Style Pilsner. Light and crisp, but with a pleasant malt sweetness.

Specs
ABV
5%
Malts
German Pilsner Malt
Hops
Loral
Available
On Tap
Story

Back when ladies were seen as vaporous, fragile creatures jammed into supportive hosiery, Fanny Fantham was suiting up as part of the first party to climb the pimply peak on the south slope of Mt. Taranaki. It’s known as Fanthams Peak to this day. We’re tipping our hat to Fanny’s alpine ambitions with the German Pilsner style lager.

Octopus Clamp

Octopus Clamp

Traditional German style Schwarzbier (dark lager) with smooth chocolate and roasty flavours.

Specs
ABV
5.2%
Malts
New Zealand Pilsner, Chocolate Malt, Crystal Malt, Munich Malt. German Caramunich
Hops
NZ Pacific Jade
Available
On Tap
Story

Novelist and Hawera luminary Ronald Hugh Morrieson was a big wrestling fan. His idol was Lofty Blomfield, a lion of the ring whose sickest move was the Octopus Clamp. He and his mates used to drink a brew from the Hawera Brewery called “O.C.” which Ron promptly dubbed Octopus Clamp. We’re going the rest of the way and making it for real as a chocolatey Schwarzbeir with stone fruit and caramel flavours.

Highway Man

Highway Man

American Strong Pale Ale. Subtle sweet caramel malts with a gentle bitterness and citrus and tropical hop character.

Specs
ABV
5.7%
Malts
NZ Ale Malt, Aurora, Crystal and British Caramalt
Hops
Citra, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo
Available
On Tap
Story

In the late 19th century, Taranaki was terrorised by a bona fide highway robber called Robert Wallath. Robert was on the young side but he was enthusiastic and principled. He never took money from the working poor, just property developers and dotcom billionaires, giving him a Robin Hood reputation that probably saved his neck.

Little Fake

Little Fake

A low alcohol XPA with enough hop aroma and flavour to think you were drinking a much bigger beer. A refreshing brew that keeps the head clear!

Specs
ABV
2.9%
Malts
NZ Pilsner, Oats, Wheat
Hops
Amarillo and Mosaic
Available
On Tap
Story

Far away in England an art forger called James Edward Little specialised in forgeries of Maori and Pacific art, even though he’d never been near our neck of the woods. He fooled a lot of “experts” and consequently Puke Ariki has the biggest collection of Little Fakes in the world. This session IPA deceives by fronting big Amarillo and Mosaic without the alcohol kick.

Free Radical

Free Radical

A light refreshing and tart sour ale. A German style Wheat beer soured with Lactobacillus Bacteria and finished with beautiful red raspberries!

Specs
ABV
4%
Malts
NZ Pilsner, Wheat
Hops
Motueka
Available
On Tap
Story

While most of us feel about as creative as a pocket calculator on a good day, Len Lye was a living ferment of aesthetic invention. Visitors to the shiny Len Lye Centre on Queen St usually depart gobsmacked at the depth and breadth of his imagination. We made this crazy, colourful sour in Len’s memory with lactobacillus in the kettle, boiled and fermented clean.

Magic Dart

Magic Dart

A New World Style Pale Ale featuring NZ and US hops to create a refreshing but full bodied Golden Ale that boasts aromas of tropical fruit, sauvignon grapes and citrus.

Specs
ABV
5.3%
Malts
NZ Ale and Pilsner
Hops
NZ Waiiti and Nelson Sauvin. American Citra and Amarillo
Available
On Tap
Story

Back in the day, Where Matagni, estranged son of Ngarue, was given a magic dart, or tara, that would lead him to his father. After a few throws the tara hit Ngarue’s house at the mouth of the river. The place became known as Te Whai-tara uni-a-Ngarue, or Waitara. Our own Magic Dar aims for an American-style golden ale with a combo of US and kiwi hops combining sweet stonefruit and tropical aromas.

Gung Ho!

Gung Ho!

A big IPA that punches the taste buds with the best that American and New Zealand Hops could offer. Bold, bitter and fruity, this one is for the hopheads.

Specs
ABV
6.9%
Malts
NZ Ale and Aurora, British Caramalt
Hops
NZ Nelson Sauvin, American Centennial and Citra
Available
On Tap
Story

Rewi Alley cut his teeth on hard-scrabble farming in Taranaki before moving to China in the 1920s. He fell in with the Communists, seeing the revolution through and founding the “together in harmony” movement, better known by the name Gung Ho! It’s also a great description of the way the Amarillo, Citra Centennial and Nelson Sauvin hops in this American IPA combine.