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Hopstock, yeah baby. Hopstock! That's our annual fresh-hopped beer festival (you already know this, why am I telling you).

Each participating brewery gets assigned to a bar in the Wellington region by a random lottery process, it's total blind chance, and we at Mean Doses are just super-stoked that we got the Levin Cosmopolitan Club. Result!

So if you're 92.1 km out of Wellington next weekend (only 1 hour 16 minutes given favourable traffic) (which never happens btw) why not stop by and see if the Cossie Club is open? Use their TAB to blow all your money betting on horses races you don't understand. Or else play darts, chat to the locals, they'll love you. They might have a buffet on - or hey they might even be holding a meat raffle!!! I'm vegetarian personally, but you don't have to win to enjoy playing.

- - JUST JOKES WE GOT THE MALTHOUSE. Hahahaha I had you going, no, we're actually being poured at the pre-eminent Courtney Place Mecca of craft beer and so we are naturally ecstatic about this.

You probably want to know about the brand new beer we'll be serving - well allow me to introduce SO FRESH AND SO MEAN, the latest creation from the enormous and very expensive shiny metal system at our Tory Street premises. 

It's, well, it's fresh! It's an IPA! We shoved 20kg of fresh Nelson Sauvin into it, and piled on some Motueka and Riwaka to round it off, so I hope you like your Upper South Island hop varieties because *POW*, this one's like lightning and sunshine baby! It's like a massive bush fire of hop taste being doused by an army of heroic and hard-working volunteer malts, except not quite because the hop taste is still burning, it's out of control! Or else this description is. 

OK I'll stop. Sorry Nelson.

(not sorry Levin)


Mean Taps

Mean Tropical IPA

6.7% ABV

From the people who brewed you Mean Tropical Stout, and the tired, hungover copywriter who brought you the notes for... Mean Tropical Stout comes this latest addition to the Mean Doses Tropical beer universe: MEAN TROPICAL IPA.

This winter... get ready to have everything you thought you knew about Dean's beer confirmed - because if you liked it before, you'll definitely like it this time.

Starring: Pineapple and Mango Flavours, Stone Fruit Undertones, and a hazy IPA brewing technique that might result in a hazy beer or might not - we just don't know yet.

Mean Juice

5.7% ABV

Some people say they don't like hazy pale ales. They reckon they look weird, or that the massive fruit flavours are too intense. Some other people say there's no accounting for taste.

Both of these groups of people are wrong. Hazy 'New England style' pale ales are awesome, there IS accounting for taste, and we are watching you. You have been warned.

Mean Dawn

6.3% ABV

Aww yes people, another fine red ale. We've used a secret combination of hops (i.e. Dean has forgotten what they were) to bring you the very finest, the most tastiest fruit flavours over this rich malt base.

Don't be a hater. Don't wrinkle your nose at this wonderful creation, just because it's a red and some other (inferior) reds made you think you don't like reds. You DO like reds. You like THIS red. And it likes YOU back.

Mean Winter

6.0% ABV

If you'd ever wondered, as I often have, whether it would be a good idea to replace that cloying grain taste you get from most lagers with a smo-o-o-oth malty base - while keeping that fresh lightness which lagers actually do well - here is your answer.
(Spoiler: the answer is "yes".)

Think jazz. Think punk attitude. Think good-looking Austrian families gathered around a fireplace loaded with pine cones. Then stop thinking, and try this beer. It's good.

Mean Bounty


Welcome aboard the HMS Mean Bounty.

As you might have guessed, it's generally about the chocolate and coconut (which is possibly a fruit), and this Raspberry Horizon edition is all about the raspberry (definitely a fruit).

It's yummy, it's brown, it's lighter than a stout and - wait, why are you even still reading this?

Mean Pilsner

5.5% ABV

Our latest edition, our bundle of joy, our very first in-house brew. Aww, isn't it adorable!? It's a New Zealand pilsner, weighing in at 5.5%. Can you smell the flowers and citrus? I know right, it's beautiful! You can hold it if you like.

Mean Nights

6.3% ABV

I have to confess, the first time Dean described this one to me (it's a "tropical stout") I said "that's crazy".
Weeks later, when I actually tried it, I told him "that's crazy".
In the first instance, "that's crazy" had meant "are you stupid, a stout with sweet tropical flavours would be disgusting". In the second instance, it had meant "OMG these fully-integrated tropical flavours are blowing my mind"... which serves to illustrate the importance of context when decoding the ambiguities of our contemporary English vernacular.

Please note: there is nothing crazy added to this beer. This amazing flavour has been achieved through weird yeast and an unusually high fermentation temperature. So once again: Science.


Guest Taps

Duncan’s - Coco Husk Stout

6.1% ABV

Coco Husk! Our NEW stout, brewed with cocoa husks.

Alibi - Puddle Jumper

6.7% ABV

Some kinda mad West coast / East coast hybrid.
A base of ale and oat malt was fermented with a ménage à trois of 'hazy' yeast strains. Late additions of Chinook and Eukanot blessed the kettle then the reappear as the holy ghosts that haunt the fermentor in the dry hop.
Huge on the pineapple with notes of cherry and red jelly.
With it being surprisingly dry, it's easy to forget Puddle Jumper packs a wee punch at 6.7%

Brewdog - Punk IPA

5.6% ABV

Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother fucker of a pale ale.
A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.
God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.
Turn up the volume Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, fucked up outlaw elite.
Never Mind the Bollocks this is the real shit.

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About Them

This is the start of something, probably.

This is two ordinary people, opening a new business. 

Just regular people, like you or me, except they're making very, very good beer.


is the Brewer. After many years of “regular career”, and a very short-lived sideline as an house music producer – we haven't forgotten, Dean – he developed this compulsion for creating his own brews. 


This was in 2013, maybe? No-one's sure of the exact time-line. He had a basement set-up and a 30 litre starter kit, and at first we were all like “oh sweet, free beer”. But then he kept going. 

From that 30-litre, to a two vessel pot system, to a Grainfather, he just kept going. He was brewing on his own, he was brewing in all these various partnerships... there was a pumpkin beer which exploded all over my kitchen (true story), but apart from that one mishap the beers were coming out better and better. All sorts of beers, varieties we'd never even heard of.

When he got Second Place (i.e. First Loser) at Wellington Brew Day – that was in 2015 or 2016 – that's when people got worried. And then later, when a keg of his beer debuted at Bebemos and sold out in less than two hours – again, we were concerned. It was clearly turning into a thing.

Now, with a premises in the Wellington CBD, and powered by several tons of Chinese steel, we could not stop this man... not even if we wanted to.



is the Boss of the operation.

If you like the way the shop looks, smells, or “feels”, that's down to her. 

If you like the concepts and the general style, that's her too.

In fact pretty much everything to do with this company, which isn't the beer? That's Kerry*.


* Kerry would also like some credit for the beer.



Opening Hours

Refer special holiday opening hours in ‘News’

Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed

Wednesday - 12pm - 7pm

Thursday - 12pm - 7pm

Friday - 12pm - 8pm

Saturday - 11am - 8pm

Sunday - 11am - 5pm

Contact Us

Address 130 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington, NZ

If you would like to know more about our brews and other products or if you would like to place an order please send us a message.

Use the form below, email or call 04 213 9561

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