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Chill Mike, our favourite unpaid overworked copywriter, seems to be too busy to update the news, so I, your brewer, have commandeered this section of the website.

News? What news? There is only:


This year we’re taking nine taps of awesomeness, including two nitro beers, our Winter Ales Festival 9.7% Doppelbock, and a special barrelled collaboration with Bassline Brewing. Get this: an imperial spiced red ale, barrelled for two months in a French oak Martinborough chardonnay barrel. Bassline Brewing will be pouring the same red ale but theirs has spent two months in a pinot noir barrel instead.

Plus, we’re super stoked to be cosied up on the Beervana concourse next to our favourite Nashville spicy chicken specialists, Soul Shack. We’ve brewed up a special Beervana edition of Mean Haze to pair with their freakin’ awesome ‘thugget’ cones and it’ll be one of the beers on nitro.

The fastest way to the Mean Doses stand will be to avert your eyes from the inevitable extravaganza (which, admittedly, will be guaranteed funkycooledness) on the left and turn right upon entering the stadium. Then just let your nose follow the wafting aroma of Nashville fried chicken until you come across just the right mix of purply-palm-tree’d-pinkiness.

Bonus news: Kveik!

Who knows how you say it? Norwegians probably do, but I do not. Regardless, I’ve been having lots of fun playing with this new, old yeast which pumps out pineapple esters, hense the abundance of ’tropical’ flavoured beers from Mean Doses at the moment. I can’t wait to get this yeast into some summer beers.


Mean Taps

Mean Bassline Sessions Vol. 2

8.0% ABV

A collaboration between Mean Doses and Bassline Brewing, Mean Bassline Sessions is an Imperial Red Ale three ways.

Vol. 2 was aged for two months in a Pinot Noir barrel with anise, cinnamon and cardamom, then dry hopped with Pacific Gem and Mosaic hops.

Mean Porter

5.0% 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 Red IPA

6.5% ABV

Flavour notes for this one go: “mahogany goodness with mango, melon and mandarin on the nose, and pineapple...” – ah, whatever, I don't have my reading glasses and Dean’s handwriting is hard to decipher. I think it says “raisin and pine flavours”?

Hmm. I've never been good at identifying all these little fruit tastes, maybe people just make all that stuff up? I get more of a caramel thing from it. Anyway it's awesome – personally, this one is my favourite.

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 IPA

6.7% ABV

An all-new edition of our famous IPA. 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 pineapple and 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).

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

Brothers - Shot Bro! Coffee Stout

5.1% ABV

Collaborative Coffee Stout. Back at the brewery, we set out to create the ultimate caffeine-spiked dark ale. We started with a sophisticated blend of roasted malts, then added a traditional English stout yeast. We added a dose of NZ Green Bullet Hops and freshly-ground Atomic Veloce Coffee. The resulting beer has nutty, bittersweet, caramel flavours, and a luxurious mouthfeel of fruity espresso cream.

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Waitoa Social Club - Mosaniac

6.0% ABV

Single hop IPA with Mosaic fresh from Hataitai’s own Waitoa’s Bom Taker.

Brothers - Mantecore White IPA

6.0% ABV

Aromatic, dry hopped, extra crisp, not overly bitter using 100% Nelson hops.

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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.



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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

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