The Tuatara brewing scheme is not difficult for the uninitiated to grasp. We brew true to style, so wherever possible we go direct to the source and use the ingredients that have made that style famous. It says Bohemian Pilsner on the bottle not because it reads poetry and plays the bongos but because that’s where the yeast is from. Likewise for our Belgian ales.
Back in the day, our US supply of APA went up in smoke, literally. So rather than inciting a riot, we turned to some home grown cones as a temporary fix. The result? The evolution of a new style, an Aotearoa Pale Ale to rival its American counterpart. With citrus flavours and full hop finish, the result was Kapai – which means, it’s all good.
Embracing the 100% kiwiness of our Aotearoa Pale Ale, we have recently renamed this brew as kAPAi, encapsulating the true character of the beer.
Taste: Citrus, grapefruit and herb flavours with a fresh hop finish.
Aroma: Tropical fruits and orange marmalade.
Look: Golden amber to copper.
Hops: Motueka, Pacific Jade, NZ Cascade, Nelson Sauvin
Malt: NZ Lager, NZ Ale, NZ Light Crystal, NZ Medium Crystal
Style: Pale Ale
Formerly known as Bohemian Pilsner.
A hopped up new world Pilsner using all NZ hops, creating a robust, hoppy Pilsner with a refreshing clean crisp finish. NZ Pacific Jade, NZ Motueka, NZ Riwaka, NZ Nelson Sauvin hops. An authentic Czech yeast throws the bitterness forward and enhances the malt.
Taste: Crisp, firm bodied with notes of citrus and grass. Good subtle hop bitterness and light aroma of citrus and malt.
Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops (bittering: Pacific Jade; flavouring: Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Riwaka), Czech yeast.
Style: Bohemian Pilsner
The beer gods were kind this harvest. Angels sang and celestial light streamed from the van as craft evangelist Carl Vasta parted the doors to reveal botanic riches within. “Let there be Riwaka hops” was heard from above as we shielded our eyes from the glare. Join
our worship of the green hop by accepting our offering, Vastafarian.
Taste: An explosion of passionfruit, gooseberry and grapefruit that only the freshest Nelson Riwaka and Sauvin hops can provide.
Hops: Riwaka and Sauvin.
MALT: American Pale and Light Crystal.
Aroma: Grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus notes.
Style: Pale Ale / IPA