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Sorry about that. Where was I? Oh yeah, NEWS.

Well first thing is that we're doing a tap takeover at Leroy's Dive Bar on 4 October. Five different flavours of beer, which is a pretty convincing effort - the Mean IPA and Red IPA (of course), the wonderful Mean Juice, steady old Mean Porter and super-new Mean XPA. This is not something you want to miss, unless you don't like beer, in which case whatever, good on you.

Actually if you don't like beer but you do like wine, we can help with that. Te Aro Wine is doing a launch at the Mean Doses shop on Tory Street from 5pm to 7pm on the 28th of September. These guys are a new winery, they're just around the corner from us - in the city - a winery IN the city. Obviously the grapes happen somewhere out in the country. And I wouldn't call it a "reverse takeover", not exactly, but there you go. We're good corporate citizens. We'll be selling their wines until their shop opens, and probably after that too.

Jules the Te Aro guy is a massive beer nerd as well - you can check out a book he wrote here and while you're at it (if you're older than 30 and still use Facebook) you can check out the launch event here - SPOILER it's just a Facebook page saying the same things I've just told you.

And what else. Um, there's Beers at the Basin - we'll be doing that on 1 December, naturally, getting all sunburned with the rest of you poor OH WHAT IS THAT NOW


It's the damn brewery.

Oh man, that's our brewery just arrived from China. Oh this is pretty bad timing. Sorry guys, just gimme a minute... I just gotta move this crap out of the way.

No I don't know where Dean is.

Nah I'm just manning the shop and writing the website while he... shit that's a whole brewery, eh. Wow, it's really happening. A thousand tonnes of Chinese steel.

Okay, okay, I just need a minute.

Yeah I'll sign for it.



Mean Taps

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.


4.9% ABV

This one is easy going (NB a porter, not a stout). It's sessionable, you've got a mild thing happening here; bittersweet, a bit chocolate-y.

You could take this beer to a sick relative. You could drink responsible amounts of this while looking after other people's children. It's that kind of beer.

Mean IPA

6.8% ABV

Because you need an IPA, don’t you? You do. I mean a brewery needs an IPA, sure, that’s just basic business sense. But you, the people, you need this too.

This IPA is deep and golden, it has all kinds of citrus in it, but also with a clean, balanced bitterness. It’s like a balm for your weary soul. I have seen people cheer up, very quickly, upon tasting this IPA (true story).


4.7% ABV

Where do you draw the line, between a lager and a wheat beer? Does it matter? Do you need to draw lines between everything?

You seem anxious about this. I'm sorry for raising the issue. Here, relax. Drink a Mean Summer. It's floral and hazy, and it sort of tastes like citrus, or something.

There, see? All better now.

(& have you noticed all this warm weather we've been having!? Phew!)


Guest Taps

Baylands - Aurora Amber

5.8% ABV

American style Amber ale. Super tasty, easy drinking. Nice biscuit malts with copious amounts of El Dorado and Mosaic hops.

Duncan’s -
Yum Yum Yuzu

4.7% ABV

Yum Yum is a Japanese style lager brew with Yuzu - an aromatic Japanese citrus fruit.

Brew Union - The Eagle Strikes Back APA

6.2% ABV

An American pale ale created using all Mosaic hops late in the boil and a healthy dose of both Citra and Mosaic in the dry hop.

Watch out for that tropical fruit punch that will give you senses of pineapple, peaches and nectarine. A soft lingering bitterness is what we’ve gone for instead of that big punch that strips the enamel from your teeth and taste buds off your tongue.

Bassline - Whole Lotta Passion

2.4% ABV

A Passionfruit Gose: this beer has a delicious passionfruit-sourness, balanced with the saltiness that you'd expect from a Gose. It's light, fruity and easy-going and has a whole lotta passionfruit.

McLeod’s - Cape Brett Red Saison with Brett

7% ABV

*This is not an IPA* it is a red Saison base beer that has been dosed up with McLeod's house culture of souring bacteria and wild yeast. It has soft tartness, sweet malt and lingering tart finish. Brewed for #GABS2018.

Double Vision - Juicy Two Shoes

6.2% ABV

She looks innocent but Juicy Two Shoes is rewriting the book on attitude. With pronounced passionfruit and citrus flavours, this hazy New England IPA is bringing the noise like Public Enemy!

Flavours: Per our usual style, we are using a hefty dry hop to focus is on the fruity, juicy goodness here. The muscular Mosaic show passionfruit characteristic while Simcoe provides a lime and grapefruit edge.

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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

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.

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