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.
There's a pile of clichés we won't deploy here attesting to the fact that you can never take anything in this world for granted. Sure enough, just as Tuatara's beloved American Pale Ale looked like getting bigger than Texas, our supply of the mighty American hops that defined it started to go wobbly on us. Undeterred, we set to crafting a local solution. Aotearoa Pale Ale takes the spirit of the old APA and reanimates it with a hopping regime that's as kiwi as a 25 year mortgage. The 'same-but-different' local recipe is well within the remit of the original APA, but with a deep, long, new age flavour profile.
Style: Pale Ale
Everyone loves a good Pilsner. It reminds them of all those green bottle lagers they used to drink after they graduated from law school and got a job in media. Only there’s something more. The authentic Czech yeast, selected for its ability to reduce esters by fermenting at low temperatures, has thrown the bitterness forward and enhanced the malt. And then you have that aromatic sensation that signifies the presence of a decent Saaz hopping regime. What beer could be more stimulating?
Style: Bohemian Pilsner
Kiwis are notorious for developing an enthusiasm for local commodities only after a thumbs up from the more discerning parts of the world. In the case of Nelson Sauvin hops we think that’s a little unfair. Tuatara and Sauvin were released into the world at about the same time so we knew them back in the day. We’re celebrating with Sauvinova, a single hop pale ale exploding with the distinctive tropical gooseberry notes that made it’s Sauvignon Blanc namesake famous.
Full malt body copiously hopped with Nelson Sauvin displaying mouthwatering gooseberry, pineapple and grapefruit flavours. Balanced bitterness.
Style: Pale Ale
We like to think that 15 years is a good enough reason to make a wee bit of a song and dance - or at the very least a really monumental beer for the cellar-bratory ages!
So in 2015, our quindecennial year as a brewery, we created a limited edition Russian Imperial Stout, XV. It has been cellared (upright, of course - we do things a wee bit differently from our vinetarian cousins) over the past year and, just like this brewery, XV has improved with age!
As if we needed further proof of its royal pedigree, XV won a silver medal in the Porter & Stout category at The Brewers Guild of NZ Awards in September 2015. Since then, XV has been sitting in the cellar honing those award-inducing rich, chocolatey, malty flavours. The result? Spectacular.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout