A new member of the family

Last week we released a new beer. Yellow Eye is our new IPA combining both English and new world influences to create a tropically fruity malty India Pale Ale. We have used an English style malt bill, a combination of NZ grown English variety hops and fruity NZ variety hops with our fruity English yeast…

Island Life

Shortly before Christmas we ventured into new territory for our spontaneous fermentation program. Up until now our program has used the wild microbes of our brewery environment to inoculate our wort and ferment our spontaneous beers. However, for some time we have had the idea of using the microbes of other environments to ferment our…

Belgian Spring

The last few months have seen us release a raft of Belgian style beers. We always aimed to be a Belgian and English inspired brewery but it took us a year to bed in the brewery and begin our Belgian adventure properly . The Belgian Spring project started with a good omen in the form…

The Dark Veil

When we ferment and age our beers in barrels a skin called a pellicle forms across the top of the beer helping to protect the beer below from oxidation. This is an element that we have in common with sherry and natural wine production. In the sherry world this skin is called flor while in…

Sour-vana

Beervana is just around the corner. This year there is a dedicated sour beer bar and no surprise considering the current trends in beer and the themed bar there are going to be more sours than ever before pouring. This is a perfect environment for us considering our focus on mixed and spontaneous fermentation. We…

440’s are go!

Our first seasonal tall boy 440ml cans have hit the market! Now available are Old Island Burton Ale and Iron Sands Oat Rye Stout and our first Salt and Wood range can Oud Bruin. We have a bunch of seasonal can releases planned for the rest of the year including: Devil’s Elbow, Saison, Blanc de…

Feeling Spontaneous

There are two Belgian traditions of sour beer production that really fascinate us. The first is the mixed fermentation process which is traditionally used to produce the red and brown beers of Flanders. Baby Grand and Oud Bruin both fit into this camp. The second is the so called spontaneous fermentation of the Lambic brewers…