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People keep asking Dean about the brewery. "Is it set up yet? Is it running??", etc. Well I'm looking through the wee doorway into the back room now, and I can confirm that... uh... hey, it's actually looking pretty awesome. Heck, it's almost like a proper commercial enterprise back there! 


Dean's been spending a lot of time with it. He's been climbing around all the machinery, treating it like some kind of (super-expensive) personal gym. Apparently it's all working OK but "he needs more valves". And we're like "we need more beer", you know? Like, "make us some more beer please Dean". So we'll keep putting that pressure on him, I guess. Watch this space.

In other news, given the terrible troubles the people of Nelson have been through lately, we are graciously sending a disaster relief package in the form of some Marchfest kegs. And maybe you're thinking "but you were gonna do that anyway", and we'd maybe be like "OK, busted, yeah we were" but still it's the beer that counts, and this is really some excellent beer. It's like a coconut/chocolate/raspberry brown ale. If that sounds too complicated, just close your eyes and think about a raspberry Bounty bar. Yeah? You get it now? It's called the Mean Bounty (Raspberry Horizon), and no worries, you're welcome. 

Just save some for the Fire Service, they probably need it more than the rest of you.


Mean Taps


6.2% ABV



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?

Phony the Elder Double IPA

8.0% ABV


Guest Taps

Ground Up & Heyday - Suns of Midas

5.4% ABV

This hazy ‘Golden Pale Ale’ is crammed full of Golden Malts, and a brand new, yet to be named, NZ variety of hop called ‘4337’, alongside American powerhouses Ekuanot and Bravo.

Made soft and pillowy with the addition of lactose (milk sugar) and a huge amount of caramelised oats and puffed wheat.

Expect bright citrus juiciness, pineapple, and a big resinous nose.

Bassline Brewing - Whole Lotta Passion

2.3% 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.

Whistling Sisters - Bramble Patch Stout

4.2% ABV

You know when you collect blackberries early in the season? The little fruits are dry, tart and tasty and the best ones are further in the brambles where it's dark and cool underneath. The first taste of this stout gives the hint of sweetness, then the tartness from the blackberries rounds and indulges your taste buds, finish with a pleasant dryness. Look out for the hoppy notes to finish and a tasty roasty bite.

Sawmill - Session IPL

4.4% ABV

This latest Off-Cut is our entry into the 2019 Brothers Beer Session Beer Challenge, and is a double dry hopped Session IPA fermented with lager yeast. Bursting with juicy tropical fruit, lime, and pine aromas and flavours, this session lager also boasts a well-integrated biscuity malt base. Hoppy and resinous but with a pleasant palate weight belying its relatively low ABV.

Baylands - Off Camber Haze

5.5% ABV

New England IPA


Duncan’s - Super Fresh Hop XPA

6.0% ABV

Heyday - Painted Lady

7.0% ABV

You know what is going on here... a big, juicy & hazy number. W/ flaked oats, wheat & American Ale malts. A smooth touch of milk sugar & Kensington Pride Mango Puree. Dry hopped w/ a boatload of Simcoe and Citra hops. Drink it before it is gone.

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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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