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More FRESH HOPPED, this week it's Tuatara

It's another week and we have some great Tuataras. We're cracking open all these great beers for you to enjoy this Friday, the 22nd, 4-7pm. A Tuatara pro will be with us and you can enjoy one or the whole lot, depending on your interests:


The hops are always greener on the other side, in this case the other side of Cook Strait. There's only one way to get those cones to the North Island in prime condition and that's to scramble the jets. OK, it's to scramble a single engine prop plane with the seats taken out, but be assured that the 1200kg of green hops that went into Conehead 2016 were flown direct from Motueka to Paraparaumu in an actual plane, touching down right next door to the Tuatara Brewery. One short hop for a brewer, one giant green-hopping for mankind.

Style: Green-hopped IPA

Taste: Enjoy vibrant notes of passionfruit, gooseberry and grapefruit that only the freshest Sauvin hops can provide.

Look: Golden Pale Ale

Aroma: Tropical fruits, passionfruit, gooseberry, mango and spicy grapefruit.

Try With: Szechaun Roast Duck, Braised Rabbit and good Continental Sausage.

Hops: Nelson Sauvin

Malt: Crystal and light crystal

Alcohol (ABV): 6%

Bitterness (IBU): 45


We unleashed some young, local Hop Hunters, along with legendary hunter, Davey Hughes from Swazi and a motley band from Tuatara to hunt out the wildest and most untamed of hops, hidden deep in the leafy grottos of the Waikanae River.

For only the wildest and gnarliest of hops are behooved to pair with a lively Pale Ale, brewed to celebrate Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople - a film portraying the bold, wild nature that (if you scratch the surface) resides within us all!

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a new film by Taika Waititi playing in cinemas now.

Imagine you’re a fruity wee New Zealand pale ale to be, proceeding in an orderly fashion from mash tun to kettle. When up spring a coupla clowns on the lam, smelling like wild pork & watercress, and threatening saturation with undignified volumes of wild (hip)hops upon you. Well now: shit just got real, people. 

Taste: A light body enhances an earthy, lemon and floral flavours.

Look: Light golden.

Aroma: Fragrant Lemon & Feijoa with notes of wild NZ bush. 

Try it with: Wild Pork & Watercress.

Hops: Pacific Jade, Columbus, Cascade & Wild Fresh Hops.

Malt: NZ Pilsner, Wheat, Light Crystal.

Alcohol/ABV: 5.0%

Bitterness/IBU: 25 


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.

Taste: Full malt body copiously hopped with Nelson Sauvin displaying mouthwatering gooseberry, pineapple and grapefruit flavours. Balanced bitterness.

Try With: Duck salad, salmon and asparagus, oysters, goats cheese.

Hops: Nelson Sauvin

Malt: Pilsner, Vienna, Crystal

Alcohol (ABV): 5.2%

Bitterness (IBU): 34

SEASONAL - Copperhead Red Rye Ale

Additions and substitutions are largely meat and potatoes to the creative brewer. Altering the malt base is one of the more popular forms of tinkering, and the addition of rye grains to the carbohydrate regime adds flavours you won’t find anywhere else. Following on from the summer success of Outrigger comes an encore release of Copperhead. Low in bitterness – enhanced with Bramling Cross hops – Copperhead is smooth on the palate, allowing the spicy rye to come forward. The sweet, complex aftertaste has hints of spice and fruit. It’ll slot in well at the ski lodge as you lounge on the tiger skin rug in your smoking jacket, or whatever else it is you do to while away the colder months.

Taste: Smooth on the palate, the low bitterness allows the spicy rye to come forward, finishing with a complex sweet, spicy and fruity aftertaste..

Look: Red rye has a rich red hue with a fine white head.

Aroma: Notes of spicy rye & subtle fruity hop.

Try With: Crispy pork belly, beef, stout and onion pie.

Hops: English Fuggles, Goldings, Bramling Cross

Malt: Rye, Aurora, Shepherd's Delight

Alcohol (ABV): 4.5%

Bitterness (IBU): 36

Tuatara Mandrake Bruju Citra-limed Pale Ale

A collaboration of Tuatara and Mandrake brewing. This is a gently hopped pale ale with notes of citruis and Kaffir lime. In this super citrusy collaboration with our friends at Tuatara, Citra hops and Kaffir lime leaves unite to bring you a beer full of tropical fun times. We've used a new hop addition technique that delivers an intense fruity aroma yet gentle bitterness. 

Try With: Thai Tom Yum OR ANY SEAFOOD! 

Hops: Centennial, Citra

Malt: Dew Kaffer Lime APA

Alcohol (ABV): 6%

Bitterness (IBU): 40