It's been 12months since we bought the ol' Monkey Wizard Brewery in the picturesque village of Riwaka and what a busy 12 months it's been. We have produced 8 beer styles (Golden, American Brown Ale, Pale Ale, Red IPA, Rakau IPA, Double IPA, West Coast IPA and Barrel Aged Stout) approx 60,000 litres and have won 2 awards at the Brewers Guild of NZ Beer Awards. Here's to another fun and beer filled 12months.


Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards - 2014

What a night. This years event was held at Shed 6, Queens Wharf in Wellington and it was a fun filled night had by all who attended. Lots of great brewers were being recognised for their hard work and amazing beers, none more deserving than Martin Townshend. Of course the night belonged to Martin and deservedly so, but we were delighted to have received a Bronze award for our Golden and a Silver award for our overall packaging/branding.  Martin Townshend beat stiff competition, with a record 670 beers from 84 breweries entered across 15 different categories this year.  In total, 74 New Zealand breweries entered the awards. For more on this and the awards visit 



Official Sponsor - Nelson Events 2014/15

Don't forget that we are one of the official sponsors for Nelson Events; and on September 20th the iconic Abel Tasman Coastal Classic will take place. First run in 1994 it quickly became one of New Zealand's most popular Trail Runs. The reputation of the event, the location and its organisation continues to spread via word of mouth and the event continually sells out each year. Limited to 400 entries each year this event attracts a lot of national and international interest. 

For more information about the organisation and indeed the events (should you want to enter and participate) visit


Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival - Saturday October 4th - Forsyth Barr Stadium


In its second year, the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival is run by the Otago University Students Association and is an exceptional event that showcases the best of the region and beyond. Whether you’re new to craft beer or you reckon you can tell when your Captain Cooker was brewed just by the taste of the Manuka… or whether you like your cheese rolled rather than shaved onto handmade crab and saffron ravioli or whether you love great food, great beers or BOTH, the event has this all covered.

For the first time we will be attending this awesome festival which we are very excited about. It will featured over 45 local and international breweries and together with great food and music it promises to be fantastic event. For ticket information click here


Featured Stockists

As part of our ongoing commitment and support of our local and national stockists we wanted to tell you a little more about the bars, restaurants and off premise establishments that stock and sell our beer. This month we are featuring the very first Off Prem establishment that asked to stock our beers Fresh Choice, Richmond and the iconic Nelson Freehouse


Fresh Choice Richmond

Gary and Lisa Watson have owned and operated this Richmond store since 2003, but the business has been in the family for over 50years. The store (located in Richmond Mall) is well known for supporting "Local" and the store continues to evolve and flourish with the Watsons' care but the values that founded the first store back in 1957 remain the same: Looking after your customers, that means fresh produce, great prices and good old fashioned customer service. 

They have one of the most extensive wine and craft beer selections in the region and also have a full time wine/craft beer expert on staff (Raymond) ready to discuss and recommend products to suit any pallet, budget or occasion. Wine and craft beer in store tastings are frequent, so next time you’re in the store stop by and have a catch up with the knowledgeable staff who will help you explore the world of craft beers that the Nelson region is so well known for.


The Freehouse 

Nelson is at the heart of New Zealand’s hop growing region and is the epicentre of the Kiwi craft brewing industry. The Free House, located in Collingwood Street is Nelson’s first pub of its kind. Their goal is to 'set the beers free' - meaning they aim to offer their patrons an endlessly changing menu of local and national craft beers. They boast to be the only pub in Nelson serving cask-conditioned real ales. For those who may be unsure what a "Freehouse" is it's a pub that is owned independently of the brewery (or breweries) that supply it. As a result, a free house can stock whichever beers it chooses from whichever breweries it chooses. 

The owners of this wonderful Nelson establishment also manage and run MarchFest each year. Planned for March 21st next year, the event provides a wonderful fun filled occasion with great live music, amazing food and plenty of beer, wine and cider. If you haven't been, it's a must do on the 2015 festival list.


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